The Allegheny Trail (ALT)
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The Allegheny Trail (ALT) is a 300-mile scenic walking and biking trail that travels along the eastern border of West Virginia, passing through six counties throughout the Appalachian Mountain range. The trail begins at the Mason-Dixon Line about 6-miles north of Bruceton Mills, WV and takes hikers 32-miles south through Preston County in Mountaineer Country.
During this first section of the Allegheny Trail, hikers will pass through rolling hills and rural farmland of Mountaineer Country. Outdoor recreationists will want to plan quick detours to Big Bear Lake and Campgrounds for a well-deserved rest. Nature enthusiasts can get really deep in the weeds with a detour to Cranesville Swamp Natural Area, an ecological frost bubble that can be traversed via boardwalk. Hikers looking for a bit of small-town charm will enjoy the hospitality that awaits them in Kingwood, WV. Finally, travelers along the Allegheny Trail will finish up the Mountaineer Country portion of their adventure with a stop in Terra Alta, home to Alpine Lake Resort and scenic views.
From the Allegheny Trail, hikers can access the West Virginia section of the American Discovery Trail, the Greenbrier Trail, the Brooke Pioneer Trail and the Hatfield McCoy Trail System.