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Guided Hikes

Guided Hikes

Trip Overview

Explore the beauty of the area with one of our experienced guides. Visiting the area for the first time? Here with your family or for a wedding? Interested in exploring a new area and want support? Let Appalachian Expeditions guide you on one of the classic trails surrounding Canaan Valley. With two wilderness areas, two state parks, and the National Wildlife Refuge, there is a wealth of public lands to explore. Unplug while discovering spring wildflowers in the Otter Creek Wilderness Area. Catch a breathtaking view from Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Learn the local flora and fauna and enjoy the magic of West Virginia. We are excited to explore the West Virginia highlands with you. Plan for a private hike that meets you or your group’s interests, goals, and abilities.

Our professional guides are trained in wilderness first aid and will prioritize your safety throughout the trip. They will pick you up and drop you off at your residence or lodging and provide a small snack for each group. Each participant is required to read and sign a Waiver and inform the guide if you have any pertinent medical conditions they should be aware of (i.e. asthma, allergies, etc.)

What to Bring

Wear closed-toe hiking or running shoes with good ankle support and traction. Be aware that your shoes may get wet and muddy. Rain jackets, sunglasses, a brimmed hat, or warm clothing are recommended to be prepared for changing weather conditions. Bring an extra layer that may be removed or put on as you warm up or the weather cools. Carry a small day pack with water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and your personal items/medications (i.e. inhalers, epi-pens, etc.)

What is the total cost of the trip?

Full Day Hike (4-6 hours, 3-6 miles)
$55 per person / $70 per person includes lunch ($200 minimum)
1-5 people $55/person
6-10 people $50/person
11+ people $45/person

Half Day Hike (2-4 hours, 2-4 miles)
$45 per person ($150 minimum)

Popular Hiking Destinations

Dolly Sods Ridge Hike
Discover epic viewpoints while exploring the highlands of Dolly Sods. Journey along creeks and bogs, past stunted red spruce, over wind-carved sandstone, and through grassy meadows. Depending on the time of year, snack on wild blueberries along the way! 

Otter Creek Hike
Enjoy the magic of this remote wilderness, as you follow the banks of majestic Otter Creek through Rhododendron tunnels and under the canopy of sycamores, maples, and elms. Find a salamander under a turned rock or an orchid poking its way through a bed of moss.

Meadow, Stream, and Wildflower Hike
Take in the sounds, smells, colors, and textures of the natural world on gentle to moderate trails that follow mountain streams winding through wildflower meadows and temperate forests.

Trip Details

Dates: Contact us to schedule a guided hike 

Activities: Hike, Walk, Wander, Stroll

Location: Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley State Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Otter Creek Wilderness Area, or location of your choice

Difficulty: 2/10-9/10, up to you!

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