Scouts and Scouters are passionate about hiking. For that reason alone, a top ten list of best national park hikes is sure to capture the Scouting audience. But place the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve’s New River Gorge National River in the number one spot and you can practically hear the cheers of agreement from the thousands of Scouts who have traversed this slice of West Virginia wilderness.
The number one National Park Hike, as selected by USA TODAY and 10Best readers, is the Endless Wall Trail, overlooking the New River Gorge National River, which runs through the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve, dubbed “the Summit” by Scouters, attracts hoards of Scouts year-round for outdoor adventures, like kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, zip-lining, biking, and even skateboarding. But the main event for Scouts at the Summit is the National Scout Jamboree.
In 2009, the BSA purchased the Summit and announced it as the future home of the National Scout Jamboree, a Scouting celebration that brings Scouters together every four years for a week and a half of adventure and celebration.
Jamboree aside, 10Best touts the area and the Endless Wall Trail for its moderate hike and unforgettable scenic overlooks. Learn why you should explore the majestic Summit for yourself and see what other hikes made the Readers’ Choice list on 10Best.