Get Outside and Explore Almost Heaven this Summer
Summer is the perfect time for exploration and adventure in Almost Heaven. The vibrant, rolling hills and mountains come alive with opportunity, and the fun doesn’t stop. Regardless of your interests, there is an adventure in West Virginia waiting for you.
The New River traces throughout southern West Virginia and features some of the finest whitewater in the world. The appropriately named New River Gorge is abundant with adventures for the entire family. Visit ACE Adventure Resort or Adventures on the Gorge to discover endless outdoor recreation. Raft through the New River Gorge, zipline through the trees, swim, hike, bike or even climb rock walls. After your adventure, make the short drive to Babcock State Park for relaxing sights and sounds at the Glade Creek Grist Mill and the trails throughout the park. There are several other state parks to explore within 30 minutes to an hour of the New River Gorge. For more information and help planning your trip, check out the New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau or Visit Southern West Virginia.
Discover West Virginia’s Unique History
West Virginia holds some of the most unique and incredible stories in the world, and you can trace your way throughout its history. Explore the historic State Capitol grounds in Charleston, experience the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center, and explore the city’s hip and historic downtown. If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, just outside of downtown Charleston you’ll find Kanawha State Forest – featuring more than 9,300 acres to explore. Visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information. Just a short drive up Interstate 77 you’ll find the historic city of Parkersburg. Tour the incredible grounds of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park before heading to North Bend State Park for fishing, biking, swimming and so much more. And, if you keep going north, you can discover Oglebay, where you can see the historic and picturesque beauty of this resort. It’s complete with year-round recreational activities.
The Eastern Panhandle is also full of rich and unique history. Martinsburg is home to museums, Civil War sites and numerous other historic locations that offer tours throughout the year. Visit the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information. Ranson, Charles Town and Harpers Ferry feature some of the richest history and most unique stories in the state. Check out the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau to discover even more.
Berkeley Springs is regarded as the country’s first spa. The mineral waters of the area were frequented by Native Americans for thousands of years, and even attracted George Washington and other early Americans. Visit the historic spa and discover the unique stories of how this small community came to be. Head over to Travel Berkeley Springs for more information.
Southern West Virginia is an adventurer’s oasis. There is fun and adventure around every corner waiting to be discovered. The Hatfield McCoy Trails System features more than 700 miles to explore from your ATV, and the Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you plan every step of your getaway. Summers County is full of excitement, adventure and hidden gems. Take a ride on the brand new Pipestem Peaks Zip Line Tour at Pipestem Resort State Park. Afterward, cool off at Bluestone Lake and Bluestone State Park, and then enjoy the peace and serenity of nearby Sandstone Falls. Check out Explore Summers County for help planning your perfect trip. Lastly, spend a weekend at Twin Falls Resort State Park. Hike some of the park’s scenic trails, enjoy its 18-hole, Par 71 championship golf course or enjoy some of the other incredible amenities and activities the park offers. For more information on Twin Falls, check out Visit Southern West Virginia.
Journey through the Potomac Highlands
The Potomac Highlands encompasses the Allegheny Mountains and the Monongahela National Forest and is essentially nature’s playground. Spanning across much of eastern West Virginia, the Potomac Highlands offers visitors ultimate outdoor adventure. In the northern reaches of the region, visitors can explore Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. These parks offer hiking, swimming, boating, golfing and so much more. The neighboring towns of Thomas and Davis feature incredible restaurants and locally-owned shops and art galleries to wind down after a day full of adventure. The Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the perfect place to learn more about these iconic destinations. To the south, visitors will find Watoga State Park. Located in beautiful Pocahontas County, Watoga State Park is West Virginia’s largest state park. It features 10,000 acres of land and many recreational opportunities like hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping and geocaching. Check out the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information on Watoga State Park and the other beautiful locations throughout the county.
Experience the Potomac Highlands with The Tucker County CVB and Pocahontas County CVB. Raft some of the best whitewater in the world or fly 300 feet over the Bluestone River Gorge with Visit Southern West Virginia. Explore West Virginia’s unique history with the Greater Parkersburg CVB, Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB and Travel Berkeley Springs. Regardless of where your West Virginia journey takes you, you’re sure to leave with memories that last a lifetime.
No matter what adventure you’re searching for, you’re sure to find it in West Virginia. Plan your Mountain State getaway today and discover your version of Almost Heaven.
What is your favorite summer adventure?
This post was last updated on June 10, 2019