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Winter Hiking Done Right

Winter snow transforms hiking trails. The beauty is unsurpassed and the quiet is unheard of. A well planned hike makes for the best of winter adventures! But before you put one foot in front of the other, read on for some planning tips as well as a few of our favorite winter hikes in Summers County.


  • Know before you go! Check the weather and know your route.

  • Bring a hiking buddy, never go it alone!

  • Hike with the sun! The days are shorter so get an early start.

  • Dress smart. Layer up. Think warm & waterproof! Wool socks are a must. Be sure that your boots are trail ready with ankle protection, a sturdy sole, and fully waterproof!

  • Trekking poles are a great accessory to maintain your footing on snowy paths.

  • Pack snacks! Think salty & high energy.

  • Stay hydrated and bring plenty of water.

  • Safety first! Pack a small first aid kit just in case.

  • Snow reflects the sun's rays, so wear the sunscreen and the sunglasses!


Overlook Trail at Bluestone State Park is a pleasant ascent to scenic views of Bluestone Lake and Lilly Bridge. The trail is just 0.5 miles one way. Connect with Boundary Trail or Big Pine Trail to make your hike longer.

Pipestem Knob Trail at Pipestem Resort State Park takes you to the Bolar Observation Tower and stunning, panoramic mountain views. This trail is 0.7 miles in length, and is a pretty easy walk through the woods.

If urban trails are more your thing, a self guided trek along the historic streets of Hinton will be right up your alley. Explore the eclectic architecture and cross the bridge over the mighty New River for a great view of the Passenger Depot.

Discover more trails throughout Summers County by clicking here.

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