The best hike in the New River Gorge National Park is near our cabin rental. The Endless Wall hiking trail is one of the best “unknown” hiking destinations within the park. Long known to locals and rock climbers, this property was added to the park in May 1998. This addition to the park protects significant natural and historical resources, and will provide visitors with abundant opportunities. Endless Wall was so-named by rock climbers in describing the unbroken line of cliffs along the northern rim of the New River Gorge.
Great views of the New River, almost 1,000 feet below, are abundant. You can often hear the voices of whitewater rafters as they experience the wild rapids of the lower New. This area also offers significant historical resources, being the site of the Nuttallburg Mine — the largest mine in the New River Coalfields in the late 1800s.
You might also get a glimpse of some of the thousands of rock climbers who visit the park to challenge themselves on the vertical sandstone walls that rim the gorge. Climbers come from all over the United States, and around the world, to select from the over 1600 climbing routes in the park.
The loop trail is about 2.5 miles long – and not strenuous (just a few climbs). The overlook at Diamond Point provides is a great place for a picnic! Numerous steep cliffs are located along this trail — please use caution!
Directions: Turn off U. S. Route 19 on Lansing – Edmond Road (Route 5), located just north of Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Trailheads are located 1.3 (just before crossing Fern Creek) and 1.8 miles from U.S. Route 19. Park at the first trailhead and hike the loop to the second trailhead – then return to your car via the roadside.
For more things to do, see our Guide to the New River Gorge area.