VISIT SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

Trip Itineraries

Don’t you hate when you get home from vacation and someone says ‘Wow you were in WV? Did you visit ____?’ We can fill in that blank with so many different off the beaten path attractions – historic towns, waterfalls, overlooks and more.

We invite you to explore your way through Southern West Virginia using one, two, three or all of these itineraries.

They will lead you down winding roads, scenic trails, and up and over our mountains but each will lead you to something interesting, historic, beautiful or fun.

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Coal Mining Heritage

Southern WV is rich in both coal and railroad history and this itinerary takes you on a trip through what once was an operating coal mine into a town that in its’ hey day was only reachable by rail.

The Best of WV Culture

A trip featuring Tamarack – The Best of WV takes you from this unique artisan center right to one our local winemakers. Then to top the trip off visit Grandview where the views are as advertised: Grand.

Visit the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge, home of the annual largest one day festival in the state and the iconic image on the WV quarter is a must see on this journey. Choose to view it from several overlooks or even walk beneath it on the catwalk. Visit historical mining towns and stop in Fayetteville for unique dining and shopping experience. This area offers world class hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater rafting and more.

A Journey through the Coalfields

This trip takes you through what many consider the heart of the Appalachian coal country. On this journey you will see ruggedly beautiful mountain landscapes, striking architecture and the industrial history and heritage of the area.

Getting Back to Nature

Southern WV has so much natural beauty and this tour will take you to four parks that showcase our region. There are opportunities to camp, fish, paddle boat, swim, hike to spectacular views, ATV, zip line and more along the way.

A Journey to a Simpler Place

A beautiful rural community awaits you with breathtaking landscapes, rich history and friendly people. The historic Civil War Town of Union highlights this tour through the hills of Monroe County. For the bird lovers a hike to Hanging Rock Observatory is a must for spectacular views and maybe a sighting of a hawk or falcon.

Babcock Scenic Trail

Babcock State Park is one of the most photographed locations in West Virginia for a good reason. The historic, operational Glade Creek Grist Mill is perched across a railroad tie bridge with the water flowing over the rocks and the trees setting a back drop. A unique road side museum, and a jetboat trip up the New River are just a couple of things you can do along the way.

Lewisburg – America’s Coolest Small Town

This historic Civil War town is both beautiful and vibrant with an art scene, unique shops and eateries. The area boasts both a winery and distillery that you can tour and of course taste the wares. Caving, fishing, hiking are just a few of the outdoor opportunities on this tour.

Pipestem and Princeton

Pipestem Resort State Park is one of the jewels of the WV Park System. The park features an aerial tram that takes you down into the Bluestone Gorge, a nature center, hiking trails, horseback riding, golfing and several lodging options. Princeton, another great choice for lodging, has a rich railroad history and a growing art scene to take in.

Sandstone and Hinton

See the power of the river at the famous Sandstone Falls, a 25ft waterfall that is breathtakingly beautiful. Downtown Hinton, a railroad town on the National Registry of Historic Places, takes you back in time as you walk around and view the amazing architecture of the buildings.

Summersville Lake

Summersville Lake, the largest lake in WV, and the surrounding area make up the Gauley River National Recreational Area. In the summer the lake offers boating, diving, swimming and more. The rugged cliffs are great for hiking and climbing and in the Fall they draw down the lake to create some of the best white water rafting in the world on the Gauley River. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, which is on the National Civil War Trail, is a featured attraction on this tour.

Bramwell & Bluefield – History and The Arts

This journey will take you from an old railroad city to a small town rich with coal history. Bluefield is a growing arts community while Bramwell is well preserved with brick roads and historic mansions. A walk through coal mine tour and Pinnacle Rock State Park are great stops. Bramwell is also home to the Hatfield and McCoy Trails newest trailhead.

Hatfield McCoy Trails

The Hatfield and McCoy Trail System is one of the largest off-road vehicle trails systems in the country. Open to ATV’s, UTV’s and dirt bikes, three of the trail heads are located in southern WV.

John Henry

The Steel Drivin’ Man John Henry, the man and the myth, is known far and wide. Take a trip to Talcott, WV and visit the impressive statue of John Henry sitting right in front of the Big Bend Tunnel where the legendary challenge of man vs machine is said to have taken place.

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