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Escape to the Great Outdoors: Hiking Trails

June 22, 2022 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Southern West Virginia is the perfect destination to get outside and breathe some fresh air. From woodland paths that open up to amazing vistas to treks down into the New River Gorge, explore the regional trails for an unmatched experience. Scenic Views & Endless Experiences This region’s namesake says it all! Consisting of Fayette, Raleigh, […]


Fayetteville Dining

November 16, 2021 12:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Known for being a small town with a big appetite, Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a foodie’s paradise. Located in the heart of the New River Gorge, Fayetteville’s local restaurants are anything but ordinary. From eccentric pizza pies to fine dining fare, these trendy spots are favored by visitors and locals alike.    The Station  The […]


Raleigh County Dining 

November 16, 2021 8:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Southern West Virginia is a food connoisseur’s paradise, from flavorful, budget-friendly cuisines to exceptional fine dining in the mountains. And Raleigh County, the hub of Southern West Virginia has its own culinary delights! Here are some of our favorite dining spots in Beckley, Ghent, Beaver, and other surrounding areas in Raleigh County.    Classic Fare […]


2021 Southern West Virginia Gift Guide

November 15, 2021 12:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Give the gift of travel …. National Park travelers will want to check the 63rd National Park off of their bucket lists.    Adventures Give the gift of adventure! Whether you’re looking for whitewater rafting, axe throwing, paddle boarding, miniature golf, defying gravity on the catwalk of the longest steel arch bridge in the Western […]


6 Ways to Experience the New River Gorge Bridge

October 12, 2021 4:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville is an acclaimed landmark of Southern West Virginia and home to West Virginia’s largest single-day festival: Bridge Day. Although the recent cancellation of Bridge Day 2021 was disappointing, the safety of our visitors and communities is more important. And luckily, we all can still enjoy the bridge […]


Adventure On! Freedom Festival

September 2, 2021 9:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Adventure is waiting for you in Southern West Virginia! Join us for the Adventure On! Freedom Festival on September 10-12 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Celebrate with your loved ones after a year that has been like no other, and on a date that will be remembered forever. Get ready for a weekend of chart-topping […]


COVID-19 Update from Visit Southern West Virginia

May 17, 2021 4:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Visit Southern West Virginia and our partners are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and we are following the advice of public health officials and government agencies. We are focused on the health and well-being of those living in and visiting our area. We want to ensure that all of our visitors have an amazing […]


It’s Ramp Season!

April 28, 2021 2:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

While the weather has been a little unpredictable lately, spring has officially sprung, and with it comes a certain smell that wafts from the woods – the smell of ramps. What Are Ramps? Ramps are wild leeks that are known to grow on the East Coast from South Carolina to Canada, but are extremely thick […]


Civil War History in Southern West Virginia

March 15, 2021 12:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Find fascinating Civil War history tucked away in the hills of Southern West Virginia. Originally a part of Virginia, West Virginia was actually birthed during the Civil War when it seceded from the Confederacy and declared its independence in 1863. Learn about our notable origin story and the impact our state had during the war […]