Close this search box.

Paddling & Biking in Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Slow down and enjoy the fresh mountain air in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Explore the woodland scenery of West Virginia’s longest rail-to-trail conversion, the Greenbrier River Trail. With 78 miles of lush green forests and remote West Virginia backcountry to enjoy, scenic beauty awaits around every bend. The trail follows the winding Greenbrier River through the mountains and valleys of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, featuring some of the most secluded areas in the state. It runs through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges and passes through two tunnels. The trail is ideal for leisure biking at less than a one percent grade. Rent bikes from local outfitters and explore the trail at your own pace, taking breaks to enjoy the scenery or have a picnic along the way.

Cool off this summer in Nature’s Mountain Playground. Home to eight rivers, five lakes and countless secluded mountain streams, Pocahontas County is the perfect place to relax on the water. Kayak across the serene waters of Seneca Lake, or rent a canoe or paddle boat to explore Watoga Lake. Enjoy the beach and water activities offered at Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Shavers Lake. Additionally, the slow-moving Greenbrier River offers swimming, tubing and boating opportunities. Take a refreshing dip, or float lazily down the river, soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.

Book a place to stay and extend your time in Pocahontas County! From rustic campgrounds under the stars to charming inns in historic towns, the Greenbrier River Trail offers a variety of accommodations for every adventurer’s style. Campers can pitch a tent at one of the 12 convenient campsites along the trail, with restrooms and drinking water nearby. Need more amenities? The trail passes by Watoga State Park, the largest state park in West Virginia, with cabins and campsites available for a comfortable stay.

Experience small-town charm in Marlinton, a Mon Forest Town. Here, you’ll find everything from historic inns and secluded cabins to welcoming vacation rentals. For a truly unique lodging option, head to the historic town of Cass. Stay in one of the original Company Houses and step back in time!

Request a free copy of the Pocahontas County Adventure Guide to start planning your getaway now.

Share this post:

Discover more in the Blue Ridge:

Join our newsletter!

Subscribe to receive the latest from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine sent directly to your inbox.