Solo Summer Country Road Trips
Solo travel is on the rise and there is no better place to reflect and refocus than Almost Heaven! Take time for yourself this summer and embark on a new adventure with a solo drive along our iconic country roads. Find charming mountain towns filled with friendly locals as well as incomparable, vast natural beauty awaiting you. Located just a day’s drive away from over half the U.S. population, planning a solo trip to the Mountain State is effortless. Something beautiful is on the horizon – come find it here in West Virginia alone one of our scenic routes.
Set out on West Virginia’s Seneca Skyway and find heavenly sights at every turn. Discover West Virginia’s natural wonders tucked within the hills and valleys of the Potomac Highlands region. Begin in Elkins and be introduced to the woodland oasis that is the Monongahela National Forest. Dine among the locals at one of the quaint diners before climbing in altitude to reach two beloved sister towns. Located less than 3 miles apart, Davis and Thomas boast some of the best the Mountain State has to offer. Find art and culture overflowing from the tiny town of Thomas. Discover that Davis is home to the iconic 57-foot tall Blackwater Falls, a jaw-dropping cascade that gives name to the town’s state park.
Continue along the route to gaze upon Seneca Rocks, the magnificent rock formation that stands at over 900 feet. Feel awakened after hiking the uphill trail to the top. Reach Spruce Knob to take in 360 degrees panoramic views atop West Virginia’s highest point. It’s hard to beat a sunrise or set viewed after a climb up the observation tower standing nearly 5,000 feet tall. Enter into the Green Bank National Radio Quiet Zone when visiting the world’s largest fully-steerable telescope at the Green Bank Observatory. End in Greenbrier County, home to the world’s first fully ADA-accessible hotel, a natural spring system and the renowned Greenbrier. Create memories of a lifetime when finding these Almost Heaven hidden gems, all while finding yourself along the way.
Travel Cranberry Corridor for the perfect solo summer road trip and be led throughout the lush and beautiful Mountain Lakes region of the state. Feel revived after spending time amidst the tranquil waters at Summersville Lake. Dip your toes into the refreshing waves or climb to the top of the lighthouse for astonishing views as far as the eye can see. Continue on the Highland Scenic Highway to reach the remarkable Cranberry Glades. Find solitude when strolling the half-mile boardwalk that winds through the largest area of bogs in West Virginia, home to a multitude of unique plant and animal species.
After arriving in Marlinton, be sure to visit Watoga State Park after dark. An official international dark sky destination, here you’ll be greeted by an array of glistening stars on display in our Almost Heaven atmosphere. This is the perfect stop to complement your ultimate star-gazing roadtrip. Find yourself among stellar restaurants and art gallery shops when in Greenbrier County limits. Feel inspired when viewing local pieces and satisfied after savoring authentic Appalachian cuisine. Before completing the journey, witness the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. A trip on our country roads will leave you with a sense of home along with a deep longing to return time and time again.
Be sure to share your photos on social media using #AlmostHeaven and add to the 8.5 million existing Instagram posts using #solotravel. Looking for more country road trips? Don’t worry; the West Virginia Mountain Rides program has you covered!More Scenic Routes
This post was last updated on August 10, 2023