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Chasing Waterfalls in Southern West Virginia

June 22, 2022 2:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One thing about humans: we’re attracted to water. Something about vacations often leads us to lakes, rivers, and oceans. We just can’t get enough of it, and  we love to watch it fall. Give someone a Sunday drive and a picnic next to a waterfall, and it’s like you’ve set the stage to solve the […]

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, […]

The myth, the man, the legend – John Henry

June 21, 2022 10:23 am Published by 2 Comments

There’s plenty of history and folklore to discover here in southern West Virginia. One of those stories involves a man, a machine and a legacy left behind. It’s the story of John Henry. The Story It is told that John Henry, a former slave, worked for the C&O railroad driving steel, a job required when […]

What’s hidden deep in the New River Gorge?

April 17, 2022 3:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Forgotten monuments and historic buildings sit just off the beaten path. Long Point, Nuttallburg, Sandstone Falls … it’s hard to resist another visit to places like these. But what about the remaining 70,000 acres in the New River Gorge? The next time you hike, consider going to parts (relatively) unknown; you might find a new […]

Celebrate Black History Month in Southern West Virginia

February 4, 2022 3:10 pm Published by 1 Comment

As we celebrate Black History Month in Southern West Virginia, we’re taking a look at some of our most prominent Black leaders and historical sites where you can learn more about the rich African American history of our region. Dr. Carter G. Woodson Did you know the founder of Black History Month was once a […]

7 fascinating facts about African American heritage in Southern West Virginia

January 31, 2022 2:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

February is Black History Month, and southern West Virginia has an incredible African American history. Let’s take a trip through time and celebrate our African American heritage. Freedom and the coal boom Did you know that McDowell County has a slave-free past? According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, after the Civil War, many African Americans […]

Where Can I See Coke Ovens in West Virginia?

January 6, 2022 12:38 pm Published by 7 Comments

A normal WV winter (cold, snowy) has been conspicuously absent  so far this season.  That means you have even more time to explore in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Unlike summer hiking, when lush vegetation obscures a lot of the history and character of the area, winter hiking exposes a world that […]

Best of WV 2021

November 30, 2021 12:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Discover the Best of Southern West Virginia Southern West Virginia is home to incredible businesses, from restaurants and breweries to art galleries and unique attractions. Join us in celebrating this year’s Best of West Virginia! Learn more about those who made the 2021 Best of West Virginia list before your next getaway to Southern West […]