Seneca SkywayExplore the wonders of the Potomac Highlands on this road trip. Here you’ll be met with breathtaking views and rich history at every turn, as you take Route US 219 Lewisburg to WV-92 back to Lewisburg.
Seneca Skyway passes through nearly 300 miles of the beautiful Potomac Highlands. Soak up breathtaking sights on this little over 6 hour drive.
Depending on your cell phone carrier, you might encounter spotty service on this scenic trek. Come prepared by pre-planning and saving your route.
Seneca Skyway is accessible for both cars and motorcycles.
You’ll kickstart your adventure in Lewisburg, which has been dubbed “America’s Coolest Small Town.” Grab breakfast and a cup of coffee at The Wild Bean and stop by Harmony Ridge Gallery for some boutique browsing. Don’t get in a hurry just yet—this mountain town is the perfect place for a morning stroll before hitting the road. Carnegie Hall is a historic landmark worth a peek, one of just four remaining Carnegie’s in the world. After you’re done taking in the history, buckle up and head towards Marlinton on US 219. Enjoy this scenic drive, with lush forest views as far as the eye can see.
Hop off US 219 just before Marlinton and head to Beartown State Park, where a sprawling boardwalk will take you from one end of the park to the next. After enjoying Beartown’s unusual rocky formations and overhanging cliffs, head up the road to Watoga State Park. Recently designated an official Dark Sky Park this scenic wonderland is best enjoyed after the sun goes down—so add a nighttime stop at Watoga to your bucket list for later. This state park is still a beauty any time of the day though, packed with opportunities for hiking, swimming, fishing and more.
On your journey north, you will pass through a true mountain oasis: Elkins. If you haven’t grabbed lunch yet, now is the perfect opportunity. Located in downtown Elkins, CJ Maggies is a favorite among locals and travelers alike, serving up an expansive menu—including delicious wood fired pizzas. Once arriving in Elkins, you are within reach of the beautiful and expansive Monongahlea National Forest. Make the most of your perfect proximity and head just past the Stuart Recreation Area to the Bickle Knob Observation Tower. This tower provides 360 degree views of Randolph County that are sure to take your breath away.
Davis & Thomas
Once you make your way to Thomas, it’s time to make a pit stop and refuel. Pack a picnic of your favorite snacks or stop by the local favorite, Hellbender’s Burritos to enjoy a quick bite to eat. Stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air at Blackwater Falls State Park. Home to an iconic 57-foot cascade, this slice of Almost Heaven is always worth the stop. Do you have more scenic views on the mind? Check out the awe-inspiring Pendleton Overlook within Blackwater Falls State Park or chnage direction towards the wide-open spaces of Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob
Head south on Route 32 from Harman toward Onego for a short drive to Seneca Rocks—a stunning rock formation once used by the United States Army for training thanks to its steep technical peaks. Trained mountaineer or not, this scenic wonder can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: hiking, climbing or horseback riding. While you are in the area, make the drive to Spruce Knob—the highest point of elevation in Almost Heaven. Once arriving take a short walk to the Spruce Knob Observation Tower for a glimpse of West Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery. The views, however, won’t stop there!
The Green Bank National Radio Quiet Zone is nestled among the rolling highway of WV-92 and is home to the world’s largest fully-steerable telescope, the Green Bank Telescope. A stop by the Green Bank Observatory will put you in the mood for scientific discovery, from the on-campus science center to the vast clear skies overhead. Grab a bite to eat at Greenbank’s Starlight Cafe before hopping back on the road towards your starting destination in Greenbrier County.
The winding backroads of WV-92 South will lead you back to Greenbrier County to the town of White Sulphur Springs, a close neighbor of Lewisburg. Take solitude in the nearby Greenbrier State Forest before venturing out into the town’s charming and historic shops. Looking to learn a bit of unique history? Stop by the storied Greenbrier Bunker, once an emergency Cold War bunker for the United States federal government. Consider grabbing a bite to eat at Road Hogs, serving up delectable BBQ, before checking out the newly opened Schoolhouse Hotel.