6 Springtime Gems in West Virginia

As Almost Heaven comes alive with greenery and budding flowers in the spring, it’s the perfect time to discover new places and try new adventures. From relaxing in warm spring water to hiking through wildflowers, springtime experiences in West Virginia are some of the best. Step out into the Mountain State and discover the state’s hidden springtime gems.

This spring, get outside and take time to enjoy this season of new beginnings by making some new memories:

1. Experience Natural Spring Water

Shake off those winter blues with a visit to Berkeley Springs State Park. The park is renowned for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. On-site, the parks Old Roman and Main Bathhouses offer a wide selection of spa services, such as massages or a session in the sauna to relax and unwind.

Want to make a stay out of your healing-water adventure? Spend a weekend at Capon Springs & Farms, where natural spring water provides the backdrop for relaxation and adventure.

2. Find the Perfect Picnic Spot

Plan a picture-perfect picnic at one of the country’s most beautiful gardens: the Ritter Park Rose Garden. Visitors will quickly see why this Huntington favorite has been voted one of the country’s very best when they catch a glimpse of its immaculate beauty. Reaching peak bloom between the months of May and June, the garden features a wide array of over 3,000 different types of roses. Stunning shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks make this garden a perfect wedding and special event venue. Pack a lunch and enjoy some time among the budding blooms.

3. Discover beautiful Mountain State Wineries

Stunning views and incredible wines await you at the wineries around the state. Pack a lunch and explore the beautiful property of Daniel Vineyards. Their best-selling 2017 Twin-Oaks White, is the perfect sweet drink to enjoy on a spring day. Visit Forks of Cheat Winery, a lovely winery that crafts their wines from French hybrid and American varietal grapes. Sit outside on their charming deck and sip on their delicious wines. Or tour the gorgeous, Lambert’s Winery with its gorgeous grounds and structure. Lambert’s Winery has everything from Cabernet Franc to White Zinfandel for you to sip on.

4. Explore on Horseback

Explore the beauty of spring in the Mountain State via horseback. With Mountain Trail Rides, guests can take either a quick 30-minute or an hour and a half ride across the gorgeous Canaan Valley. Enjoy breathtaking views that can only be found from the highest valley east of the Mississippi, Canaan Valley. Get an up-close look at the scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife that call Almost Heaven home this spring.

5. Spend Some Time on the Green

Get outside and enjoy the crisp spring mountain air all while playing your favorite sport. Around the state, incredible golf courses are just waiting to be played. Try the Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort, designed by Arnold Palmer and perfect for any level golfer. Or head to Snowshoe Mountain Resort, where you’ll find the Raven Golf Club, a signature Gary Player-designed golf course. Spend a weekend at Oglebay Resort, which features two different golf courses: the Jones course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and the Palmer Course, designed by Arnold Palmer.

6. Hike through Fields of Wildflowers

Experience scenic hikes and along the way discover beautiful wildflowers at each corner. Explore the Dolly Sods Wilderness where bleeding hearts grow along the Big Oaks Trail. Look out for a variety of wildflowers such as thimbleweed, fireweed and turk’s cap. Visit Audra State Park and trek the Alum Creek and Cave trail, which features a beautiful shady tunnel of blooming rhododendron.

As flowers begin to bloom and trees begin to bud here in beautiful Almost Heaven, the opportunities for outdoor adventure grow. Bring your FREE copy of the 2021 Vacation Guide with you on your next adventure!

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This post was last updated on February 23, 2022