Endless Wall Trail: Overview
USA TODAY named the Endless Wall Trail the Best National Hike trail!
Distance: 2.48 miles then 0.5 miles back to car along the road
Difficulty Level: Easy, but can be made Moderate if you choose to take the ladders down to see the Endless Wall, they are marked for climbers (260 feet elevation)
Time: 1.5 – 2.5 hours (add time if you decide to go down the ladders to the Endless Wall)
Attractions: Lush hardwood and rhododendron forests that feel like you’re somewhere tropical, a bridge crossing at Fern Creek just before reaching the gorge rim, and a GORGEOUS vista of the New River Gorge.
Keep an eye out for climber’s access points, they will be marked by large metal ladders that lead down into sandstone caves (pictured below). If you’re feeling up for some extra fun you can head down for a unique view from the bottom of the wall, it’s dwarfing and such a beautiful colour – however this will take the hike from easy to moderate, with unsteady fallen rocks to maneuver.
Once you reach Diamond Point Lookout, you’ll be treated to the most stunning vista of the New River Gorge, from 1000 foot clifftop. Bring your camera!
Conditions: Easy, relatively flat, could get muddy. No water/restroom on trail.
Trailhead Information & Map
Fern Creek Trailhead: To reach the trail’s western trailhead, nearest the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, turn off US-19 onto Lansing-Edmond Road (CR-82) north of the bridge. Follow the road 1.3 miles to a marked trailhead parking area on the right.
Nuttall Trailhead Information: To reach the trail’s eastern trailhead, turn off US-19 onto Lansing-Edmond Road (CR-82) just north of the bridge. Follow the road 1.8 miles to a marked trailhead parking area on the right.
**Map at bottom of page