Capitol Circle

Immerse yourself in the exciting adventures of southern West Virginia with this road trip across the Capitol Circle. Taking US Route 60 E you will witness our states beautiful Capitol city as well as culturally rich small towns and untamed mountains.

Route Details

Capitol Circle will take you on a journey through 204.6 miles of the bustling Metro Valley. Experience the capital city and more on this 6-hour and 19-minute round trip drive. This route is accessible for both cars and motorcycles.


Rev your engines in the capital city of Charleston. Marvel at the murals downtown and explore the shops on beautiful Capitol Street. Make time to stop by Capitol Market, where local vendors sell everything from artisanal cheeses to blooming tulips. The adventure starts at interstate on-ramp 96 as you pass the State Capitol along the banks of the Kanawha River and head east on US-60 towards Belle.

Hawks Nest State Park

Once you’ve passed through Belle, be sure to stop in Ansted at the charming Chimney Corner Store & Cafe to grab a burger and a souvenir crafted by local artisans. Getting back on the road at Route 16 South, winding roads will take you to Hawk’s Nest State Park. This 270-acre park is best known for its scenic overlook, which provides sweeping gorge views at the end of a short paved pathway.

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve

After soaking up this view, head out for a bit of hiking to explore the nation’s newest national park: New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. No matter the time of year, this park is home to a wide variety of adventures including whitewater rafting, rock climbing and snowshoeing. On your way out, don’t forget to take in the scenic mountain views as you pass over the iconic New River Gorge Bridge.


If you’re looking for some off-road adventure, make your way to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems that wind through Wyoming and Logan counties. While you’re there, grab your caffeine fix at Hot Cup Coffee Shop in downtown Logan before hitting Route 34 West to Hamlin. Let our country roads take you home on Route 60 as the Midland Trail passes through Teays Valley in Putnam County and loops back into Charleston.

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