Social Distance this Spring in Almost Heaven
Travel has certainly looked different this past year, but there are still many ways to safely explore and experience the magic of springtime in West Virginia. Reconnect with the wilderness on a camping trip or whitewater adventure. Let country roads bring you back to a little normalcy with these ideas:
Get back to nature with a camping trip
It’s no secret that West Virginia offers incredible outdoor beauty, and it’s heightened in the spring when the snow melts and spring starts to bloom. One of the best ways to enjoy the season is by pitching a tent and camping for the night – or weekend. There’s no better place to camp than at a West Virginia State Park.
Camp at Blackwater Fall State Park for the night and while you’re there visit the park’s famous waterfall. The falls plunge five stories and cut through some of the prettiest spring foliage. It’s one of the most photographed sites in the state.
For a unique experience, travel to Tomlinson Run State Park in northern West Virginia, where you can camp under the stars in a yurt. No matter where you camp, be sure to bring marshmallows so you can roast s’mores over an open flame.
Take a wildflower filled spring hike
Hiking in the Mountain State is beautiful any time of the year, but especially in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. Bright rhododendrons line hidden trails and lead to breathtaking overlooks.
Avid hikers will enjoy walking along the Appalachian Trail in the Eastern Panhandle, where part of it cuts through Harpers Ferry. The area is also known for its rich history – visit the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to learn more. The quaint town is home to many museums and delicious restaurants to fuel up after your hike.
The newly designated New River Gorge National Park and Preserve offers many trails, most of which give you the best views of the gorge and bridge. For a true bird’s eye view of the gorge though, book a trip with BridgeWalk. This tour allows you to walk the catwalk beneath the New River Gorge Bridge.
Take to the streams and spend time fishing
Standing on the quiet banks of a river or stream is sure to feel heavenly. Find a fishing hole near you this spring and enjoy the wildlife around you. West Virginia is home to prized golden rainbow trout, walleye, catfish and small and largemouth bass. Each year, the Division of Natural Resources plans special stockings. What are you waiting for? Get your fishing license today.
Go on an exhilarating ATV adventure
Nothing is more distant than exploring the uncrowded off-road trails in the southern West Virginia mountains. The famous Hatfield-McCoy Trail System offers over 1,000 miles of interconnected trails, including two new systems opening this spring.
No two trails are the same and the system is perfect for any skill level, like the ATV aficionado with years of experience or the beginner looking for a new adventure. Find out for yourself why it’s affectionately known as trails heaven.
Experience the excitement of whitewater rafting
West Virginia has been a whitewater rafting destination for over 50 years and there’s never been a better time to hit the rapids. With whitewater rafting trips offered in the New River Gorge, Eastern Panhandle and Mountaineer Country travel regions, visitors have many options to get out on the water.
Most outfitters offer half day and full day trips complete with lunch, so you never have to leave the water to recharge. Plus, who doesn’t love a picnic outside?
How will you be exploring West Virginia safely this spring?
Traveler Tip: Travelers are still encouraged to check the status of individual businesses and events before taking a trip. A statewide indoor face-covering requirement is in effect and visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe social distance when traveling the state.Travel Responsibly This Spring