Scenic Stops You Can’t Miss Off I-68

Interstate 68 runs through the Mountain State for just over 30 miles, and there are some scenic pit stops you can’t pass up along the way. These stops include must-try restaurants, beautiful overlooks and more.

Stop #1

Once you drive over Cheat Lake and behold its beauty, you’ll be more than inclined to take a break there. A boat ride at Sunset Marina. A swim at Cheat Lake Park. A bike ride on Cheat Lake Trail. No matter how you choose to spend your time by this body of water, you’ll be sun-kissed and ready for a tasty meal.

Lakehouse Restaurant is adjacent to Sunset Marina and a great option for both lunch and dinner. Dine on the patio or escape the sun and heat and sit inside — either way you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake.

Tropics Restaurant and Bar is located right off I-68 and offers authentic Hawaiian food such as ahi tuna poke, chicken katsu and kalua pig and cabbage. The restaurant’s menu has something for everyone and features American favorites, too.

Stop #2

Turning left off Exit 15 will lead you to Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground. This serene park has so much to offer and is not far off the beaten path. Whether your family likes to camp, bike or fish, you can do those and much more here.

Turning right off the same exit will take you down a different winding road but keep you surrounded by the same state forest as the park. Coopers Rock State Forest has 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, multiple overlooks of the canyon section of the Cheat River and a large, six-acre, stocked pond on the north side of the forest.

Stop #3

If you’re looking to unwind and kick your feet up along the journey, Screech Owl Brewing is the perfect place to do just that. Tucked away in the mountains of Bruceton Mills, just six miles off Exit 29 is Preston County’s oldest craft beer brewery. You’ll no doubt feel rejuvenated to conquer another leg of your trip after breathing in the fresh mountain air.

Going on a road trip soon? Be sure to plan your route to include I-68 so you can experience all the fun it has to offer.

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022