West Virginia is another beautiful state located in Appalachia and the Upland South. It’s historically known for its logging and mining industries and today is also known for its many outdoor activities of hiking, biking, skiing, caving, fishing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. It is the only state located entirely within the mountains, here the Appalachian Mountains and all areas of the state are mountainous. Thus its nickname “The Mountain State.” Its largest cities are Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg.
The Cass Scenic Railroad Trip in Cass is something not to be missed. Taking you high up into the mountains, a variety of trips are available, including dinner, music and fall foliage. Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe is a popular ski resort in the winter and a popular summer resort during the warmer weather. And Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg is a cave adventure for the whole family. Though in a somewhat remote location, it is still very enjoyable, with guides available.
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is something some might enjoy. Here veteran coal miners take you beneath to see a true low beam coal mine. Located in Beckley, it also has a youth museum. Harbor County Historical Museum has a lovely covered bridge to see, along with other interesting things in the museum. For some, a visit to the Virginia State Penitentiary, built in 1867 and now a museum, might be of interest. It is located in Moundsville.
Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park is a beautiful and large National Park stretching 2300 acres across three states and offers great adventures in whitewater rafting, hiking and all the outdoor sports. In Harper’s Ferry itself O Be Joyful Tours and Entertainment offers tours of this historic site and concerts of Civil War and other songs.
For all its wonderful indoor activities, don’t miss the natural beauty of this Mountain State, land of places named after Pocahontas and covered bridges.