Spring Scenic Drives
This spring, experience Almost Heaven’s vibrant beauty with a trip down one of its gorgeous scenic roads. Experience rolling hills, pristine water, roaring waterfalls, beautiful spring colors and so much more as you navigate your way down West Virginia’s iconic country roads.
The rolling mountains and hills of the Potomac Highlands offer stunning scenic views that make for some of the best drives in the state. Route 32 takes visitors through the beautiful Canaan Valley to the charming towns of Davis and Thomas. Within the town of Davis, travelers will discover Blackwater Falls State Park and some of the finest views on the East Coast. Just a short drive down Route 28 from Canaan Valley leads visitors to iconic Seneca Rocks as well as Spruce Knob – the highest point in West Virginia.
Capital City to New River Valley
From the Capital city of Charleston, travelers can venture down Route 60 along the banks of the Kanawha River to Hawks Nest State Park. Along the way, visitors will enjoy the stunning views of the Kanawha River, Kanawha Falls and Cathedral Falls. From Hawks Nest State Park, a short drive down U.S. Route 19 will lead visitors to the New River Gorge Bridge – perhaps the most recognizable landmark in West Virginia.
Highland Scenic Highway
Regarded as one of the most scenic and beautiful drives in the eastern United States, the Highland Scenic Highway is a prime example of why many people consider West Virginia to be Almost Heaven. The highway begins in Richwood where travelers can head east down State Route 55. The highway runs 43 total miles through the Monongahela National Forest and ranges in elevation between 2,300 and 4,500 feet. There are four scenic overlooks as well as outdoor recreation at Summit Lake, the Cranberry River, Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and the 50,000-acre Cranberry Wilderness.
Princeton to Hinton
In the southern reaches of the state, travelers can work their way down U.S. Route 20 from Princeton to Hinton. Along the way, they will discover Pipestem Resort State Park, Bluestone State Park and Bluestone Lake. There is plenty of outdoor recreation and adventure along Route 20, and there is a great deal of history to be discovered along the banks of the New River in Hinton. A short drive down the winding, scenic New River Road leads to Sandstone Falls which is the largest waterfall on the New River.