Best Places to Visit in West Virginia, USA
Best Places to Visit in West Virginia, USA
West Virginia is an ideal year-round vacation destination with endless places to visit ranging from beautiful mountain retreats to quaint historic towns. With so many opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, the state is a mecca for the active traveler but also a nice place to relax and unwind in a natural setting. Popular activities include hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining, ATVing. horseback riding and more. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. For history lovers, heritage sites abound throughout the mountains offering glimpses of how the Civil war, colonial life, and early explorers all helped shape American culture. While there are dozens of fun places to explore, here are ten of the “must sees” in West Virginia.
#3.New River Gorge
#5.Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley
#6.Coopers Rock State Forest
#8.Greenbrier State Forest
#9.Gauley River National Recreation Area
#10.Hatfield and McCoy Trails
12 Best Tourist Attractions in West Virginia USA
West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, and Pennsylvania and Maryland to the northeast. The capital and largest city is Charleston.
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Betty Carver talks about visiting West Virginia. Hiking, biking and the great outdoors are just a few of the things you'll find to do. The natural bridge and the Blue Ridge Parkway are also attractions to not be missed.
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West Virginia, Monongahela National Forest
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Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia
Beautiful 12,000 acre Coopers Rock State Forest outside of Morgantown, WV straddles Preston and Monongalia Counties. Coopers Rock is an incredible place to mountain bike ride, rock climb, hike, look at scenic overlooks, hunt, fish, camp, and picnic and play. The north side of the park (north of I68) also includes Chestnut Ridge Park which has ponds for kids to swim, paddle boat, and fish in. The park also has camping, music shows, and playgrounds. Music by The Dave Longfellow Ensemble.
Interesting Places in West Virginia (1989)
Another classic day odyssey (sort of) from yer' favorite (I hope) bullfrog! The Cass Scenic RR Fall Photo Special would run the next day.
We first head for Spruce Knob Lake (great for boating and camping) before searching for a cave known as the Sinks of Gandy; so named because Gandy Creek flows through it. It passes beneath Yocum Knob then emerges on the knob's opposite side. We couldn't locate the entrance-but we were unknowingly directly over the cave itself!
If anyone knows how to reach the Sinks from there, please comment. I believe we walk down that dirt driveway I show but I'm not sure.
Then on to West Virginia's highest point-Spruce Knob itself. We'll walk the Whispering Spruce Trail-and see an interesting phenomenon along the way. A GREAT place for a day trip! Just beware of those dusty roads!!
After that-you'll see our drive to good 'ol Seneca Rocks. Another phenomenon-I hardly narrate!! Forgive my lack of narration! HEY-wait a doggone minute! Other YouTubers don't narrate either! And I'm asking to be forgiven?? What the...
After dusting off our car at the rocks-we then grab a Coke at the vending machine.
Then-just as in our October 2013 day odyssey-we head west on US 33 to Bowden Cave, though I didn't know at the time that was it. We'll also see a cool view of Kelly Mountain.
Last-but not least-a look at CSX's last days at Elkins. That portion was actually uploaded by me a few years back-but here it is again 'case you ain't seen it. I dig those pre-GEVO days-don't you? This could very well have been the LAST day of CSX in Elkins!!
From a VHS tape (again). All this happened on October 15 1989.
The Day Odyssey video from October 2013 where we visit some of these places:
Please forgive the camera shake.
Want more classic WMRY/CSX at Elkins?
The State Of West Virginia, USA - Unravel Travel TV
The scenic rural state of West Virginia with its abundance of natural resources provides a perfect backdrop for a true American adventure holiday. Driving tours lead to quaint B&Bs and renowned warm hospitality, breathtaking landscapes carve routes for mountain biking, motorbike journeys and RVs exploring state parks. The camouflaged tracks of the many hiking trails and fishing areas display the natural beauty while championship golf courses, ski runs and white water rafting offer seasonal sporting activities.
Offering unique Appalachian culture, John Denver's ballad adequately describes its state's country roads, dramatic scenery at every turn and the spectacular kaleidoscope of colour in the Autumn. It is a state which is 80% forested, with 7 state forests, 36 state parks and 200,000 acres of protected woodland parks interlaced by 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. Accommodation ranges from log cabins, motels, guest houses to the historical Greenbrier Resort, favoured by Presidents.
West Virginia boasts seven wonders of the natural world, from beaches, waterfalls, high plains plateau to river and mountain trails, rock formations and gorges. There are several lake beaches offering swimming and boating in lush green settings. The 2,700-acre Summersville Lake and 1,500-acre Sutton Lake are great for mountain biking and hiking trails. Walkers can follow the Gentle Trail at Blackwater Falls State Park for a great view of the state's largest waterfall at 63-feet and one of its most photographed spots. Named for its amber-coloured water, the falls spill into the Blackwater Canyon and great for hiking and biking.
The New River Gorge is the perfect landscape for rafting, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking along one of the world's oldest and scenic white water rivers. The second-tallest bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge is close by. A visit here can be elevated by taking a walk on this 876-foot-highNew River Gorge Bridge catwalk for stunning views of the gorge from one of the top ten steel structures in the world.
Dolly Sods is a 4,000-foot high plains plateau in the Monongahela National Forest. Here blueberries and huckleberries can be picked and where mountain laurel and other flora bloom. Hike or ride horses along the trails near West Virginia's highest point, Spruce Knob. From its observation tower at 4,863feet, there are great views.
Walk the moderate Seneca Rocks Trail up to the summit for amazing scenery atop the 900foot rock formation overlooking the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork South Branch Potomac River. The Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area offers world-class climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Or for a more relaxed pass-time, there's fishing for bass or trout at one of the state's many fishing hot spots: Williams River, Cranberry River, Cherry River, Cheat River, Birch River and Beech Fork Lake.
West Virginia is convenient to reach from Washington Dulles Airport, being just over one hour's drive to its eastern panhandle where Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located, the heart of civil war history in this state, when back in1863, West Virginia became the 35th State in the Union, the only state born out of the Civil War and today celebrates its culture, beauty and independence.
Betty Cutlip, International Marketing Manager, West Virginia Tourism was interviewed at IPW 2013 in Las Vegas.
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West Virginia Attractions - Fall colors, Seneca Rock, Blackwater falls, West Virginia, USA
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Backpacking Spruce Knob and Seneca Creek Backcountry, West Virginia
I recently completed an overnight solo backpacking trek through the Seneca Creek Backcountry area located on Spruce Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest, Pendleton County, West Virginia. The hike begins near the summit of Spruce Knob, West Virginia's highest point, and follows along the ridge for several miles before descending the west slope of the mountain to Seneca Creek. I then hiked along the creek for a few miles until reaching the Upper Falls of Seneca, sometimes called the High Falls of Seneca (there is another Seneca Falls further downstream). After eating lunch and taking a break at the falls, it was time to head back up the mountain, passing through the beautiful High Meadows area and checking out the crash site of a small aircraft. I then stopped for dinner and then looked for a good camp site for the night. On the morning of Day 2, I continued the hike along the ridge of the mountain back to the trail head at the summit.
Highlights of this video:
Spruce forest along the ridge
The High Meadows
Seneca Creek and the Falls
Piper plane crash site
Camping under the spruce trees
Judy Springs Trail
Seneca Creek Trail
High Meadows Trail
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