Birdeye BendMountaineer country awaits you! Explore the beauty of the northern part of the state on this roadtrip, taking Route 7 Morgantown through Elkins, Clarksburg and looping back to Morgantown on Route 20.
Birdeye Bend stretches 173.4 miles across Mountaineer Country. Enjoy sweeping views on this 4-hour and 19-minute round trip drive. This route is accessible for both cars and motorcycles.
Kick off your drive on Route 7 in Morgantown, home of Mountaineer Country, to Kingwood on curve-hugging, two-lane roads. To help fuel your trip, grab a signature West Virginia Maple Latte from the Blue Moose Cafe on your way out. Traveling south through the Potomac Highlands, you’ll pass through the small town of Parsons.
Home of the Tucker County Seat and hosting three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there are stories waiting at every corner in Parsons. If you are a fan of historic architecture, the beautiful Tucker County Court House, Tucker County Bank and the Western Maryland Depot are sights to behold. Don’t forget to stop at Mountain State Honey Co. on your way out for some delicious locally sourced honey and treats.
Making it to your halfway point in Elkins, it’s the perfect place for a pit-stop to stretch your legs. Take a walk through town and take your pick of local eateries, including The Lunch Box. Hike along the Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area trails maintained by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to catch a scenic view. This charming town is worth the drive.
Your next stop is Clarksburg after passing under the beloved Philippi Covered Bridge and heading north on Route 20. Pay your respects at Veteran’s Memorial Park or take a stroll through Clarksburg’s Downtown Historic District where you can see the infamous Waldomore mansion that houses a variety of significant local cultural and historical items.
On the final leg of the trip back towards Morgantown, pass through the city of Fairmont and prioritize out-of-this-world milkshakes at The Polky Dot or brush up on your history at Prickett’s Fort State Park. If you’re hungry for more, stop in at Muriale’s Italian Kitchen for some classic Italian specialties before getting back on the road. Once back in Morgantown, explore the town that Southern Living has dubbed “one of the South’s best small towns.”