A Great Southern West Virginia Trail: Grandview Rim Trail


If you had to choose just one area to hike and view the park, Grandview would be a great choice. It takes you to some of the most photographed areas in the state of West Virginia.

Grandview has six miles of hiking trails offering unsurpassed views of the deepest section of New River Gorge.

The tails of Grandview provide excellent opportunities to view wildlife: deer, fox, bats, skinks, box turtles, and a great variety of birds including wild turkey, several species of raptors, song birds and ravens.

At just longer than three miles round-trip, the Grandview Rim Trail winds through forest and rhododendron with sweeping views of the New River Gorge. For extended hiking, there are opportunities to pick up connector trails along the way.

This is the longest trail at Grandview, connecting Main Overlook vial Turkey Spur_ From Main Overlook to Turkey Spur is a moderate 1.6-mile hike (32 miles round trip). Along the way hikers will enjoy many breathtaking views of the gorge and river far below. The trail is rated moderate because of several small steep hills near Turkey Spur.

Directions: Exit 129 from I-64, approx. 5 miles to Grandview (GPS: 37’451’49. 7″N 8103’49.01/1)

The trail begins at Main Overlook and ends at the Turkey Spur Overlook. The road to Turkey Spur allows for an easy return or for a vehicle shuttle for those not wishing to hike back.

Watch for more information about being a participant in Visit Southern West Virginia’s “Day on the Trail at Grandview.”

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