Outdoor adventures, historical treasures, lively arts and friendly small towns mix in pleasing proportions here, nestled between West Virginia’s highest mountains and most dramatic scenery.
6 Regional Favorites:
- Scenic Excursion Trains: Board in Romney, Elkins, Durbin, Petersburg or Cass for a gorgeous ride. (Be sure to reserve early for fall foliage, holiday, dinner and mystery trains!)
- Capon Springs and Farms: Family-owned and family-style, this retreat offers golf, spa services, made-from-scratch healthy meals and “unplugged” play for all ages.
- National Radio Astronomy Observatory: In Green Bank, see a gigantic telescope (the largest steerable one in the world, in fact) and explore a lively hands-on museum.
- Nelson Rocks: For lovers of heights, these Pendleton County parallel ridges are an unparalleled thrill. Climb the Via Ferrata or ride the zip line canopy tour.
- Augusta Heritage Center: In Elkins, the center’s renowned summer music, dance and craft workshops culminate in a late-summer festival.
- Beartown State Park: Near Hillsboro, follow the boardwalk through a magical kingdom of mossy boulders, overhanging cliffs and deep crevasses.
More in the Potomac Highlands:
The Potomac Highlands hold much of West Virginia’s protected land and several iconic landmarks. Within Monongahela National Forest are Spruce Knob, the state’s highest point; Blackwater Falls; Seneca Rocks; and seven wilderness areas, including Dolly Sods. These, along with a dozen state parks and forests– including George Washington National Forest– make the region attractive to outdoor adventurers of all interests.
Several major trails, including the Greenbrier River Trail and Allegheny Trail, traverse the region. Some scenic areas, like the magnificent “Trough,” are accessible only via rail or canoe. Downhill skiers love Snowshoe Mountain, Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Four Seasons Resort. For cross-country skiing, White Grass and Elk River Touring Center are hot spots. For another “cool” experience any time of the year, check out Ice Mountain Preserve, a national landmark and one of only two such locations in the U.S.
Explore Civil War battlefields at Rich Mountain, Camp Allegheny and Droop Mountain. Then immerse yourself in other notable Civil War sites at Fort Mill Ridge near Romney, Fort Mulligan in Petersburg and Cheat Summit Camp at Cheat Bridge. Settle in for cozy nights, arts, dining and entertainment in Elkins, Moorefield, Marlinton, Romney, Petersburg, Franklin, Davis, Thomas and other small towns throughout the region.