Allegheny Highlands Trail
Highland Park, Elkins, WV 26241
The Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) follows the original route of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway built by Henry Gassaway Davis in 1884.
For 24.5 miles, this exceptionally scenic trail provides panoramic views of the West Virginia countryside as it passes through small towns and rural farmland from the Elkins Depot Welcome Center continuing to the small town of Parsons.
From Parsons grab a bite to eat and return to the remaining 3-mile section that is paved and follows the beautiful Black Fork River to the small town of Hendricks. The undeveloped railroad grade climbs through the Blackwater Canyon to the town of Thomas; however, this section is quite steep and is not maintained for recreational use.
During the winter many people cross-country ski or snowshoe along the trail. As you are on the trail, it is not uncommon that you might see horseback riders as well as walkers, bikers, and runners utilizing this regional trail system.