Endless Wall Trail

A classic New River hike loaded with "endless" views from a bluff staring across the river to Fayetteville and the New River Gorge Bridge.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
144 m
Descent
144 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
527 m
High Point
595 m
Gradient
Endless Wall Trail Map

With its endless cliffside views and abundance of climbing routes, the Endless Wall is an iconic day hike for anyone visiting New River Gorge NP. Towering nearly 1000 feet above, the views of New River are absolutely incredible, and, depending on the season, "you can often hear the voices of whitewater rafters as they experience the wild rapids of the lower New," the park states.

Description

According to this source, the Endless Wall trail offers "the most character and diversity" of any trail in the park. Voted “The Best National Park Hike” by USA Today readers in 2015, they highlight the "ancient Hemlock forest and pulse-quickening views from atop the cliffs" that make it one of New River's classic hikes. They also recommend an early start to your day, because "the Gorge is at its most beautiful when the sun begins to penetrate the morning mist that gathers over the river."

The Endless Wall Trail begins and ends on Lansing-Edmond Road near the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. You can hike the trail in either direction, but you have to walk the road for 1/2-mile to form a loop between trailheads. Water and restrooms are not available at either end, though the visitor center is just a quick drive away. While you're there, make sure you hit the Canyon Rim Boardwalk too - the short overlook hike offers spectacular views of the New River Gorge Bridge.

According to the park, the area hosts over 1600 climbing routes throughout the gorge, and the Endless Wall is a hotspot for climbers. A designated spur trail leads off the main trail and offers access for climbers. Diamond Point, a prominent overlook, is also found on the climber's trail and marked with a sign. For rock climbers, a detailed list of routes can be found here.

Sources: NPS Lafayette Flats

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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