Lost River and Wardensville

Top 10 Must-See Stops:

  1. Beartown State Park – This day-use park has a boardwalk trail winding through towering rock formations.
  2. Green Bank Observatory – The home to the world’s largest fully steerable telescope offers daily tours.
  3. Seneca Rocks – Once a training area for World War II soldiers, this iconic rock formation can be climbed or hiked.
  4. Spruce Knob – At 4,863, the highest point in West Virginia rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  5. Helvetia – This tiny mountain village settled by Swiss immigrants is known for its annual Fasnacht celebration, the ceremonial burning of Old Man Winter.
  6. Augusta Heritage Center – One of the stops on the Mountain Music Trail, the Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins College offers year-round music, dance and cultural events.
  7. West Virginia State Wildlife Center – This modern zoological facility houses a live collection of native and introduced wildlife that can be viewed along a 1.25-mile interpretive trail.
  8. Smoke Hole Caverns – Guided walking tours are offered through this system of caves, named for when the Seneca Indians once used the caverns to smoke game.
  9. Blackwater Falls – It’s no wonder Blackwater Falls is among the most photographed places in West Virginia. This 62-foot cascade is a marvel to behold.
  10. Lost River State Park – This park may be off the beaten path, but the jaw-dropping view from Cranny Crow is well worth it.

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