10 Signs You’ve Never Been to Almost Heaven

While at home, now is the perfect time to start thinking of new adventures you’d like to experience. In Almost Heaven an abundance of one-of-a-kind adventures await. From scenic train rides that lead to picturesque locations to walking underneath the catwalk of one of the world’s longest single-span arch bridges. Start thinking of an unforgettable adventure you’d like to experience in West Virginia.

1. You’ve never swam in the “Little Bahamas of the East”

Nicknamed the “Little Bahamas of the East”, Summersville Lake has more than 28,000 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline, which makes it West Virginia’s largest lake. Popular activities at Summersville Lake include swimming, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and much more.

2. You’ve never raced down the longest sled run on the East Coast

Surrounded by beautiful evergreens, the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park provides an exhilarating ride down a quarter-mile of fresh powder.

3. You’ve never taken a train ride to the third highest point in West Virginia

Climb aboard and get ready for an incredible ride. The Bald Knob trip at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park leads to Bald Knob, the third highest point in the state where breathtaking views and stunning photos await.

4. You’ve never walked the catwalk under one of the world’s longest single-span arches

Bridge Walk offers guided tours of the New River Gorge Bridge from the catwalk beneath the bridge – it’s 876 feet above the canyon. If heights aren’t your thing, a variety of adventures await in the area minutes away from the bridge such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking and more.

5. You haven’t climbed the premier Via Ferrata in North America

Offering a mile of fixed anchor, professionally-guided rock climbing, the Via Ferrata at NROCKS is truly one-of-a-kind experience. Italian for ‘by way of iron’, the Via Ferrata is a permanently installed system of steel rungs and cables that allows you to climb up and over two towering rock fins.

6. You’ve never hiked up to an overlook with a panoramic view of five surrounding states

A 270-degree panoramic view of five surrounding counties awaits at the Cranny Crow overlook on Big Ridge Mountain at Lost River State Park.

7. You haven’t strolled along Millionaire Row

Located in the historic town of Bramwell, Millionaire Row is home to beautifully well-preserved Victorian and Tudor-style mansions. A walk along this gorgeous row is a perfect activity any time of the year.

8. You’ve never explored some of West Virginia’s unique history or traced your way through key moments of early American history

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is rich in history and culture and abundant with experiences. Here, stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums and hike the trails and battlefields.

9. You haven’t toured West Virginia’s tallest building

Take a tour of the state’s State Capitol (the state’s tallest building) and entire capitol grounds. On site you’ll find the West Virginia State Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits covering state history.

10. You’ve never slept under an Almost Heaven starry night sky

West Virginia is home to some of the darkest skies on the East Coast, which makes for incredible stargazing opportunities. From the high plateaus of the Dolly Sod Wilderness Area to Watoga State Park where brilliant stars can be seen on even a cloudy night. Experience the magic of sleeping under the stars in West Virginia.

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This post was last updated on April 9, 2020