What’s The Deal With Monroe County?October 2, 2009
Hey… Take It Easy
Here’s the thing about visiting West Virginia: It can get pretty
busy. Especially in Monroe County. It’s the ideal place to take it easy.
Seriously. I’ve had to wait minutes, literally minutes, for big groups of wild turkeys to cross the road. Same thing with deer. With me just sitting there, watching.
And if I’m taking a walk around the mountains in the southern part of the Mountain State, I’ve had to wait almost an hour to see the sun set. Honestly. Sometimes longer.
A Different Kind Of Busy
Monroe County doesn’t have a stoplight. Or a highway. And that suits the people there just fine.
It suits a lot of visitors just fine, too. Monroe County might be one of the greatest escapes no one knows about. Those lucky ones who know and visit there get to experience a real retreat.
Nothing To Do, And All The Time In The World To Do It
If you’re thinking of heading out to Monroe County, you’ll want to take your time. That’s why you’re going there in the first place, right?
Well, you should look around, because there are a lot of great places to do nothing when you get there. For starters, there’s some perfect lakes and streams that are made of the kind of country R n’ R that fits Monroe County so well.
Try the banks of Indian Creek that drains into the New River (and passes under the Indian Creek Covered Bridge), or Potts Creek which runs the other way, into the James River. There’s fishing and floating to be done on both, and they’re about as busy as the rest of the area, meaning there’s plenty of peace and quiet.
For the best water in the county, though, you should try Moncove Lake State Park. Everything in the park is within walking distance, and the park backs up to a much larger wildlife management area. So, there’s swimming in the summer, hunting in the fall, and all kinds of stuff in between.
So What Else?
Well, a stop in Union can give you a glimpse of what small town life in Monroe County is all about. Make sure to check out the courthouse, which is on the national registry of historic buildings.
The county also boasts restored covered bridges, old grain and blacksmith mills, and historic churches and cemeteries.
Another “don’t miss” is the Wolf Creek Winery. Tours and tastings are held all the time, and there’s plenty of opportunity to drink in the great flavor of the area. With every sip, you can taste the clean Greenbrier Valley water, cool nights, and warm summer sun.
And if you don’t taste it the first time, just keep on sippin’. You’ll get there. Promise.
So take a trip to find out what the big deal is about Monroe County. When you get there, grab a bottle of wine and head off in any direction. You’re sure to find mountains, streams, lakes, and some secluded, laid-back spots that jump up and invite you to relax and enjoy it all.
And forget about traffic. Except the deer.