Adventure through Almost Heaven at these 10 spots

Whether you’re looking to take the perfect picture or go on the adventure of a lifetime, West Virginia has both and everything in between. Visit these seven spots to experience both and much more.

1. ACE Adventure Resort

The New River Gorge area is a mecca for stunning views and amazing adventures. Experience West Virginia in the best way by staying at ACE Adventure Resort, which is nestled into 1,500 wooded acres beside the New River Gorge National River. The resort offers cozy cottages, cabins, bunkhouses and camping under the stars in the state’s serene mountains of the state. For a truly iconic experience, go whitewater rafting on the New River or Gauley River with one of ACE’s experienced guides, but don’t stop there! Explore all the beautiful New River Gorge area has to offer by visiting the New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau. The New River Gorge CVB will be able to tell you about those hidden amazing spots only the locals know about.

2. Berkeley Springs State Park

Visit the beautiful, historic and unique town of Berkeley Springs and enjoy an experience like no other by “taking the waters” at Berkeley Springs State Park. The park is home to a historic mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times and is renowned for its warm spring water. At the park, you can reach ultimate relaxation by getting a massage or by taking a break in the Roman Bathhouse. While you are in Berkeley Springs, visit Travel Berkeley Springs for more information about this beautiful town that’s home to charming bed and breakfasts, boutiques, spas, fine dining and an incredible art scene.

3. J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works

Get a taste of the state’s Kanawha Valley by visiting J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in Malden. Tour the beautiful Dickinson family farm and see and taste for yourself how they make their unique salt from the ancient Iapetus Ocean that is trapped below the Appalachian Mountains. The state’s capitol city, Charleston, is full of iconic experiences just like this. From touring the state capitol to browsing the fares at the Capitol Market, visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer.

4. Blackwater Falls State Park

For an iconic experience and one-of-a-kind photo op, explore Blackwater Falls State Park. The majestic 57-foot cascade of Blackwater Falls gets its unique amber waters from the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Blackwater Falls State Park is located in Tucker County, where adventure lies at every corner. Tucker County is home to Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Dolly Sods Wilderness and Scenic area just to name a few. Visit the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau to discover how you can explore this incredible county.

5. Hatfield-McCoy ATV & UTV Trails

The Hatfield-McCoy Mountains region of the state is home to some of the best ATV and UTV trails in the country with more than 600 miles of beautiful mountainous trails. Experience the ultimate West Virginia adventure at Hatfield-McCoy Trails where you can ride through five of West Virginia’s beautiful counties by way of ATV, dirt bike or UTV. If you desire even more adventure, stop by the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau to experience all of the amazing adventure this region has to offer.

6. Heritage Farm

Visit Heritage Farm in Huntington, a 19th—century Appalachian Village and learn about the history of the Mountain State. At Heritage Farm experience traditional Appalachian activities such as visiting the Blacksmith Shop, visiting the eight award-winning museums and visiting the petting zoo where you can hold the animals and learn how they contributed to everyday farm life. If you’re looking for more adventure don’t worry Huntington is home to many adventures from strolling the stunning Ritter Park rose garden to visiting the historic CSX Railroad Station. Visit the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau to choose your iconic adventure.

7. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Located on a small island in the Ohio River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is known for once being the alleged site of the Burr conspiracy. Herman Blennerhassett is suspected to have been involved in Burr’s treasonous plot to create a new country independent of the United States. The Blennerhassetts and Burr fled the island when Burr’s scheme collapsed, but the mansion and history remain. Stop by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau to discover more history and heritage in the area.

8. Lost River State Park 

Find yourself at Lost River State Park. It has 3,712 acres of woods that provide for a secluded getaway. Lost River is known for its Cranny Crow overlook on top of Big Ridge Mountain, which offers a commanding view of five counties. If you want more adventure in the area, check out the Hardy County CVB to learn about all the best spots.

9. The Greenbrier 

This luxury resort located in White Sulphur Springs boasts the finest in world-class relaxation, but did you know they have more than 55 activities available? With everything from bowling and horseback riding to canopy tours and falconry, The Greenbrier is a must-see for every member of your family!

10. Adventures on the Gorge

It’s right in the name – Adventures on the Gorge. If you’re looking for whitewater rafting, ziplining, climbing, biking, kayaking and more – Adventures on the Gorge is a must-see. This adventure resort combines every outdoor activity you can think of all in one place. Top it all off with delicious restaurants, cozy accommodations and lifelong memories! It’s not one to miss.

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022