Hiking Series

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Join us for a hike in 2022!

WVLT has protected 20+ properties which are designated to be nature preserves and we are working hard to open them to the public. Access, parking, signage, and trail work are all underway.

We are inviting you to visit our properties to get a firsthand view of our important work and how you can help!


Schedule subject to change, so please check back!

Yellow Creek Natural Area (Tucker County)
Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 10:00 A.M (time is flexible due to quick changing Tucker County weather)
Co-host: Heart of the Highlands
Description: Join us for a hike to see new trails through the hemlock woods and learn about a restoration project to decrease sedimentation to improve water quality for downstream communities dependent on the Blackwater River for drinking water supplies. (Many thanks to Appalachian Stewardship Foundation for funding this project!)
Special note: We will climb gentle slopes along the way, and we will need to negotiate rocks in the bushwhacking section.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Participant level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Shavers Fork Preserve (Randolph County)
Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 10:00 A.M
Co-host: Trout Unlimited
Description: Join us for and a *sneak peek hike* of this new preserve! Located on the beautiful Shavers Fork of the Cheat River between Elkins and Parsons, the Preserve protects land on the Shavers and Boar Run. Famous local fly anglers (and WVLT board members!) John Schmidt and Larry Harris will offer a fly-fishing demo, as well as a session on making hand-tied flies. Next, WVLT staff will lead a short hike to a ramp patch and offer a lesson on foraging. To finish our activity, we will enjoy fresh ramp quesadillas over an open fire! You don’t want to miss this!
Distance: 1 mile
Participant level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Whiteday Springs (Monongalia County)
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8:00 A.M. (Bird Hike) and/or 10:00 A.M. (Water Quality Hike)
Co-host: Mountaineer Audubon
Description: Join us for a *sneak peek hike* of this new preserve! While visiting we will enjoy the blooming wildflowers, discuss water quality, bird watch, and learn how to use the eBird app! (The bird hike begins at 8:00 A.M. and the water quality talk will begin at 10:00 A.M. – Join one activity or both! The early bird catches the worm!)
Distance: 1 mile
Participant level: Beginner / Intermediate

Little Bluestone Community Forest (Summers County)
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Description: Join us for a *sneak peek hike* hike through this community forest! WVLT is leading the fundraising and land protection efforts to purchase 370 acres in Summers County for the purpose of creating a community forest. The land neighbors the National Park Service Bluestone National Scenic River and surrounds the Cooper’s Mill historic site owned by the Summers County Commission. We will hike along the river and then rock hop over to Cooper’s Mill.
Distance: Trip options 2 miles (to the Mill and back) or 4 miles (to the National Scenic Area and back)
Participant level: Beginner

Mammoth Preserve (Kanawha County)
Date: CANCELED! Activity will be rescheduled. Please check back.
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Co-host: Appalachian Headwaters
Description: Join us for a *sneak peek hike* of this new preserve! At approximately 5,000 acres and located midway between Charleston and Beckley, the Mammoth property is the Land Trust’s largest Preserve and offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism development in the Kanawha Valley. During our visit, we will hunt for pollinators in the recently restored meadows, explore the recent forest restoration, and look at an example of our non-motorized multiple-use trail system.
Distance: several short hikes to see a variety of different habitats and scenic views
Participant level: Beginner

Camp Bartow (Pocahontas County)
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Description: Join us for a historical hike through this preserve. Camp Bartow was the scene of the Battle of Greenbrier River in October 1861. The 14-acre property lies in the heart of the battlefield and was a campground of the 31st Virginia Infantry. As part of the first campaign of the Civil War, the battle proved instrumental in the creation of West Virginia in 1863. We will explore the various military artifacts, including camp placements and trenches that characterize the property. Note: We must hike up a steep hill to reach the camp.
Distance: 1 mile
Participant level: Beginner / Intermediate

Potts Creek (Monroe County)
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Co-host: Friends of Hanging Rock
Description: Join us for a short / rugged hike to the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory followed by a *sneak peek tour* of our Potts Creek Preserve! Join the afterparty at Potts Creek and share your favorite birding stories while roasting a marshmallow by the bonfire.
Distance: 2 miles
Participant level: Beginner / Intermediate

Piney Creek Preserve (Raleigh County)
Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Co-host: City of Beckley and Active Southern WV
Description: Join us for a *sneak peek hike* into the incredibly beautiful and historic Piney Creek Gorge adjacent to Beckley. At over 1,000 acres and containing an extensive system of old roads and trails, our Piney Creek property offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism.
Distance: 5 miles
Participant level: Beginner / Intermediate

**Sneak Peek Hike: Property will be open the public once adequate parking and trails are developed. Until then, visits to these properties should accompanied by WVLT staff.

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While there is no charge for participating, registration is strongly encouraged! Approximately one week prior to each activity, you will receive an email from with more details about the activity (meeting location, driving directions, packing list, etc.). If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to email Jessica Spatafore at jessica@wvlandtrust.org. We look forward to seeing you in the woods!


Eight projects are already open for visitors. Click here to find a nature preserve near you!

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