Scenic Drives. Breathtaking Waterfalls. The Perfect Combination for your next Almost Heaven Road Trip
Throughout West Virginia, visitors have access to countless beautiful waterfalls with jaw-dropping views. Coincidentally, many of the most iconic waterfalls in the state can be reached by some of the most incredible scenic roads the state has to offer. Before planning your next Almost Heaven road trip, consider one of these gorgeous country roads.
A drive down Route 32 in Tucker County will reveal some of the most amazing panoramic views found in the state. Travelers can trace their way through Canaan Valley before discovering the neighboring towns of Davis and Thomas. Between these two charming towns lies Blackwater Falls State Park and the iconic waterfall for which the park was named. At 62′ tall, Blackwater Falls marks the beginning of the rugged Blackwater Canyon. The park is also home to Elakala Falls – a set of four waterfalls along what is known as Shays Run.
Route 60: Cathedral & Kanawha Falls
While Interstate 77 has made travel more convenient between Charleston and Beckley, Route 60 still remains a local favorite for backroad exploration. As travelers work their way down the banks of the Kanawha River, they will encounter both Kanawha Falls and Cathedral Falls. Both sets of falls can be accessed just off of Route 60, and Kanawha Falls is a popular fishing destination. Beyond the falls, Route 60 leads to breathtaking views found at Hawks Nest State Park.
Just a short drive down the appropriately named New River Road is Sandstone Falls – the largest waterfall on the New River. New River Road is lined with scenic overlooks, trails, river access points, campgrounds and cabins. Sandstone Falls boasts several trails that lead to different river access points around the park. Fishing is popular at Sandstone Falls as it is the perfect place to catch catfish and small-mouth bass.
Highland Scenic Highway: Falls of Hills Creek
Pocahontas County is home to the Highland Scenic Highway – considered to be one of the most beautiful drives on the East Coast. Between Richwood and Marlinton, the highway takes travelers by places like the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Summit Lake, and last but not least, the Falls of Hills Creek. They consist of a series of three waterfalls that cascade 20 feet, 45 feet and 65 feet, respectively. The third waterfall in the series is one of the tallest in West Virginia.
Beautiful sights. Drives that will warm your heart and clear your mind. Rushing waterfalls that put everything into perspective. West Virginia gives you all of these things and can help provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020