New River Greenbrier Valley
Spilling from the mountains, the free-flowing Greenbrier River meets the ancient New River. The two waterways give this region its name – and its dauntless character.
6 Regional Favorites
As you explore the New River/Greenbrier Valley, check out these favorite places:
- The Greenbrier: The grand dame of resorts features a casino and hosts a PGA tournament and concert series, as well as the new spring training camp for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
- Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia: See a dazzling collection of arts, crafts, cuisine and entertainment in Beckley.
- Bramwell: The former home of millionaire coal barons showcases its history in a pretty interpretive center and easy walking tour.
- Bridge Day: Join thousands in Fayetteville each October for festival fun on the New River Bridge, although Fayetteville is fun in any season.
- Smooth Ambler Spirits: This distillery in Maxwelton specializes in small-batch creations, including the maker’s choice, an award-winning barrel-aged gin.
- Whipple Company Store: Take a guided tour of this one-of-a-kind relic that holds dark history, secret chambers and amazing stories.
More in the Greenbrier Valley
This is world-class whitewater country. New River raft trips run the gamut from beginner to expert and, each fall, a scheduled dam release transforms the Gauley River into a raging ride. The gentler Greenbrier River is ideal for canoeing and tubing. Camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, golf, hiking, ATV trails and zip lines add more outdoor adventure options. Bikers find much to love, from the long and level Greenbrier River Trail to Fayetteville’s single-track Arrowhead Trail. Families flock to Winterplace for skiing and tubing in winter.
Historic driving trails – the Civil War Discovery Trail, Midland Trail and Coal Heritage Trail – wind through these mountains. Beckley’s Exhibition Coal Mine and railroad museums in Hinton and Princeton highlight the region’s industrial history.
For fine arts and food, Lewisburg is a favored destination, as is Tamarack, a mega-artisan center in Beckley. The whole region is bursting with live music and theater, including the newly revived Theatre West Virginia.
Comfortable lodging ranges from posh resorts like The Greenbrier and Glade Springs to cozy B&Bs and state park cabin.