Eastern Panhandle 101


Just a short distance from DC, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is a mecca for history, scenery and small-town charm. Here, you can step back in time and visit Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and tour the U.S. Armory and Arsenal held by John Brown and his army for three days in 1859. Stroll down the streets of historic Charles Town, which was founding by Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington. Or visit the gorgeous town of Berkeley Springs, which was incorporated in 1776 as Bath in honor of England’s spa city of Bath.

Here you can visit Berkeley Springs State Park, which is home to a historic mineral spa that has been used since colonial times. In Martinsburg, visit the home of Civil War spy and femme fatale Belle Boyd; explore the Martinsburg Roundhouse, once burned by General Stonewall Jackson; and descend into the secret tunnel in the home of a Revolutionary War general. Each corner of the Eastern Panhandle provides you with a different and important glimpse of the past.

Eastern Panhandle Must-Dos

Each charming town in the Eastern Panhandle provides you with a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. Visit these places to experience all this gorgeous region has to offer:

  • Explore Berkeley County by biking or hiking through miles of diverse trails, including trails that connect to the Appalachian Trail. Take your kayak or boat and hit the water at Sleep Creek Lake, part of a 23,000-acre outdoor recreation area. End your day of adventure at a local dining favorite: Brix27 Restaurant & Wine Bar.
  • A trip to Berkeley Springs isn’t complete until you’ve visited Berkeley Springs State Park. At Berkeley Springs State Park you can achieve ultimate relaxation. The park is renowned for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. Or you can visit the parks Roman Bathhouse for a massage or downtime in the sauna.
  • For those looking for an escape to the outdoors a visit to the scenic town of Ranson is a must. Ranson is the perfect place to hike with its close proximity to the Appalachian Trail or fish and kayak the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. A trip to Ranson is truly amazing for the mind, body and soul.

Which town in the Eastern Panhandle to do you plan to visit?

This post was last updated on August 2, 2022