Whether you’re coming here to escape life—or to find it—this is that place. Our high-mountain paradise, cool, uplifting breezes and spectacular natural features will leave you elevated and inspired. Hundreds of miles of winding trails meander through Tucker County’s wild landscape, many leading to some of the area’s most prized scenic areas. Whether you seek a more relaxed trek or want to challenge yourself, Tucker is a hiking and exploring utopia.
Stunning features and wild terrain make Blackwater Falls State Park a natural treasure, and the Blackwater Falls are its crown jewel. There’s just something thrilling about seeing, hearing and feeling the Blackwater River crash six stories over the falls into the natural pool 62 feet below. The falls provide an entirely different perspective each season—autumn frames the cascade with fiery color, while the cold of winter often leaves it eerily suspended in time. A boardwalk makes it easy to get quite close, though other trails provide different viewpoints with varying difficulty.
An easy hike of less than half a mile to Lindy Point rewards hikers with an awe-inspiring view of Blackwater Canyon from an astounding 3,000 feet above. The most popular in Blackwater Falls State Park, this overlook provides spectacular views in every direction.
At just under three miles long, Pase Point Trail near Davis is rated moderate and is accessible year round. The hike features Pendleton Lake, crosses Pendleton Creek, and passes through dense stands of forest and rhododendron. The trail finally descends to Pase Point Overlook, a rock outcrop with gorgeous gorge views.
A breathtaking panorama of Canaan Valley (the highest valley in the eastern United States) awaits hikers from the top of Bald Knob at 4,308 feet in Canaan Valley State Park. Hike the to the top from the valley floor, or take a chairlift ride from Canaan Valley Resort. Lush meadows, many varieties of songbirds in season and amazing views make this 2.5 mile strenuous hike a favorite.
The Dolly Sods Wilderness and Scenic Area is one of the Monongahela National Forest’s most treasured natural assets. Situated atop one of the highest plateaus east of the Mississippi, this U.S. Wilderness Area is characterized by weather typically found much further north in Canada, hence its nickname “a bit of Canada gone astray.”
Its rocky, boulder-strewn and densely forested landscape is home to several notable summits, including Coal Knob, Breathed Mountain and Blackbird Knob. The lofty elevation, much of it at nearly 4,000 feet, affords awe-inspiring views. More than 47 miles of hiking trails, some trail-to-rail and old logging roads, make the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area a fascinating place for hiking.
Take in Tucker County’s scenic landscapes on an adventure led by Appalachian Expeditions. Get outside and explore a backcountry wilderness area in the Monongahela National Forest with trained guides. Appalachian Expeditions offers youth and adult trips.