There’s no better way to explore West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands than by driving along the “Mountain Skyway” (U.S. Route 48) through Hampshire and Hardy counties. Just minutes from this scenic route, Capon Springs & Farms will welcome you with open arms to experience an all-inclusive vacation retreat, meaning you can come relax or play and not have to worry about a thing.
Spend your day embarking upon activities of your choice at Capon, from teeing off on the nine hole golf course, relaxing at the spa & bath house, or taking a dip in its impressive spring fed pool. Venture in to Hardy County to follow Civil War Trail Markers, indulge in the four-season outdoor recreation, try local eateries or simply meander along Hardy’s back roads with a scenic drive.
You could spend multiple days at Snowshoe and never run out of things to do, but plenty of adventure awaits in the surrounding hills. Head to Marlinton to visit the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, site of the last major American Civil War conflict in West Virginia, or Beartown State Park, which features a half-mile boardwalk through towering rock formations. In autumn, you don’t want to miss the brilliant fall colors along the Highland Scenic Highway. Wrap up your drive with stops at Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, known for its unique boreal-type bog ecosystem, and the Falls of Hills Creek, where a path winds through the woods to three levels of waterfalls.
Tour Green Bank Observatory—home of the world’s largest fully steerable telescope and the site of a massive worldwide search for extraterrestrial signals from space. Then head to the historic logging town of Cass Scenic Railroad, where you can ride an antique Shay steam to the top of the mountain (Train rides begin in spring and run through the end of October.). For even more exciting railroad adventures, stop in Elkins to check in at the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Welcome Center to pick up trip information. From there, head north for a stay at the picturesque Canaan Valley Resort!
If you’re taking a trip in the winter months, you’ll find plenty of skiing and other snow sports at Canaan Valley and the neighboring Timberline Four Seasons, as well as hiking and biking and other amenities. Just a short drive north, Blackwater Falls State Park is home to the longest sled run on the East Coast. Regardless of the season, you don’t want to miss a visit to the park’s namesake, the magnificent and iconic Blackwater Falls. You’ll find more photo opportunities and hiking trails at Spruce Knob—at 4,863 feet above sea level, the highest point in the state—and the Dolly Sods Wilderness, characterized by its wind-carved boulders and heath barrens that turn a brilliant red in the fall.
Head to Parsons and book a trip on the Cheat River with Blackwater Outdoor Adventures. Different sections of the river offer experiences ranging calm flatwater you can paddle yourself to rollicking whitewater rapids you navigate with your raft guide’s help. Wind down the day with a hearty specialty pie at Sirianni’s Pizza Café in Davis and catch a live band at The Purple Fiddle just down the road in Thomas.