For over 20 years the WVSTA has held an annual “Trek” Back Packing  trip the weekend of the Columbus Day Holiday as an annual fund raising event that benefits both WVSTA and a charity to be decided at this years annual meeting. 

WVSTA has over 20 years of experience conducting backpacking fund raising events, and would like to invite you
to participate this years 3-day Trek

The TREK is designed to allow even the occasional backpacker to enjoy a wonderful weekend in the woods. New backpackers can
take advantage of veteran backpackers’ expertise before the TREK and obtain advice on gear, food, and packing tips.

TREK Weekend 2018

Save the Date: Columbus Day Weekend October 5-8

Has anyone ever said to you to go take a hike? Perhaps not but today the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association is offering you that opportunity in one of the most scenic areas of West Virginia. This year TREK weekend will be based out of Watoga state park with a new format. Hikers will now have the choice of our usual long distance 25 mile backpacking experience along the Allegheny Trail or taking shorter less strenuous day hikes in or near Watoga and returning to the park each evening. Both hiking groups will be lead and fully supported by WVSTA volunteers during their hikes.

Watoga state park and this new format were chosen for TREK 2018 for a variety of reasons. Watoga has been both a friend and supporter of the WVSTA for many years, and one of if not the finest of all the state parks in WV with the Allegheny trail passing directly through the park. By offering hikers the conveniences and amenities of staying in this beautiful park (if they choose) we hope to make TREK weekend something more appealing to all age groups and hiking abilities. For more information about Watoga and to make reservations visit with a little heads up that cabins fill quickly so don’t hesitate to make reservations. 

October seems like a long way off now but before you know it the green leaves of summer will be changing to the reds and yellows of fall and what better way to enjoy them than hiking in the mountains of Pocahontas County, WV. Hope to see you there.   

Your $25.00 registration fee received by Sept 8th reserves your collectable TREK t-shirt, snacks and victory luncheon.

Reservations received after the deadline will not receive a t-shirt due to processing time on the shirts.

Participants are asked to pay an entry fee which covers a T-shirt, a victory luncheon and snacks along the trail.  Each participant is also asked to raise at least $100.00 in donations.

25% of the amount raised goes to a charity to be decided at this years annual meeting, 75% goes to WVSTA for Trail Development.

It's never too early to begin collecting pledges.

For more information about the WVSTA or to sign-up for TREK weekend visit or contact Brian Hirt at