Explore Some of West Virginia’s Most Stunning Sights
Defined by its rivers and lush forests, this region in southern West Virginia has some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation. Everything from hiking to off-roading to rafting, adventurer-lovers will find plenty to do. History-lovers will also enjoy the region’s fascinating past, and road trippers will adore all of the small towns along Interstate 64.
For the adventurous traveler looking for some speed, Hatfield-McCoy Trails is the ideal place to visit. Comprised of seven major trails covering over 700 miles, Hatfield-McCoy boasts some of the most “natural” ATV motoring and dirt biking in the U.S., with no paved roads and endless expanses of lush forest. Even if you don’t own an ATV or dirt bike, there are plenty of opportunities to rent a vehicle and take a guided tour. Whether you’re leisurely enjoying the scenic mountain views or speeding through twisted, tree-lined trails, a visit to Hatfield-McCoy Trails will be extremely memorable.
While Blackwater Falls may be the highlight of the north, Sandstone Falls is definitely the highlight of the south. Stretching across the full length of the New River and surrounded by deep green forests, Sandstone Falls look like something out of a fairytale. You’ll likely see deer, beavers, turtles, and other wildlife during your visit, giving it even more of a magical feel. You can easily view the falls from the boardwalk path, or continue along and cross a small bridge to “the island” for a much closer look.
Pipestem Resort State Park
Located on the eastern rim of the Bluestone River Gorge, surrounded by colorful trees, Pipestem Resort State Park is another must-see on our list of stunning sights. The park allows both hunting and fishing, as well as horseback riding, rafting and swimming. To get a feel for the vast beauty of the park, check out one of the 20 different hiking trails, ranging from leisurely loops to challenging inclines. Looking for even more adventure? Experience the thrill of soaring through the treetops and beholding panoramic views of flourishing forest and river below on the Pipestem Peaks Zipline Tour.
Bluestone National Scenic River
Established in 1988 to protect the Bluestone River, the Bluestone National Scenic River ensures that over 10 miles of this incredibly scenic river will remain untouched and completely natural. Visitors can enjoy an unspoiled, tranquil experience, while admiring the wide variety of plant and animal species that call the river home.
Nestled along the foothills of the East River Mountain, the town of Princeton is both historical and delightful. Take a trip through the Mercer Street Grassroots District to find Civil War era brick buildings situated next to colorful, modern murals and boutique shops. Stop by the Blue Ridge Bee Company to learn all about the importance of honeybees, see some live bees in action and sample a wide variety of natural honey. The recreational activities in Princeton are numerous and dynamic as well. There are two professional baseball venues, three state parks, and plenty of hiking, golfing and swimming.
Pinnacle Rock State Park
One of West Virginia’s most notable formations, Pinnacle Rock State Park gets its name from the 3,100-foot sandstone pillar that towers over the surrounding landscape. You can easily hike to the top of the rock and see incredible, unobstructed views of southern West Virginia and the surrounding Mercer County. There are a few different hiking trails located inside the park. Each trail is well-maintained, family-friendly and offers a unique perspective of the park (one even shows you to back of Pinnacle Rock). You could easily spend a relaxing afternoon here, taking in the views, enjoying a picnic and fishing for trout in the 15-acre lake.
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This post was last updated on December 1, 2021