Stop by these amazing must-see areas for true West Virginia experiences

It’s no secret that West Virginia has some of the best and most unique experiences to offer. From whitewater rafting and ATV riding to some of the most beautiful views in the country, West Virginia truly has it all. To experience the best of West Virginia, stop by these must-see places for true one-of-a-kind West Virginia experiences.

True Adventure Experiences

For the ultimate West Virginia adventure experience visit River Expeditions, ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge and Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

The New River Gorge area is full of one-of-a-kind adventures. Go whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley rivers at River Expeditions. Eat, sleep and breathe adventure at ACE Adventure Resort where you can visit the waterpark, go whitewater rafting or experience the only zipline tours with views of the Gorge. At Adventures on the Gorge, feel the adrenaline rush of a Gauley River whitewater trip or enjoy rafting the more mild New River – in addition to other outdoor adventures, great restaurants and more.

If you’re looking for even more unique West Virginia experiences, stop by Visit Southern West Virginia, New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Explore Summers County Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn how to explore the New River Gorge area.

For something a little different, head to the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains and go ATVing and UTVing at Hatfield-McCoy Trails in Lynburn. With over 600 plus miles of trail located in the rich mountains of southern West Virginia, there is no shortage of fun and adventure. While you’re there, stop by the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Southern West Virginia and the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out the best places to go and what to do in this region.

True Scenic Experiences

To see the most iconic West Virginia views, explore North Bend State Park, Blennerhassett Island Historical State ParkTwin Falls State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Lost River State Park, Little Bever State Park, Watoga State Park and Pipestem State Park.

At North Bend State Park in Cairo, stroll along the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, which follows an abandoned B & O Railroad corridor with several tunnels along the way. While in the area, stop by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ritchie County Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn more.

Perfect for nature lovers, Twin Falls State Park has over 25 miles of hiking trails. Get a bird’s eye view of the New River Gorge National River at Hawks Nest State Parks scenic overlook. Go back in time at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, which features an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Make sure to visit the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau to find the best places to go and what to do in these areas!

Get lost in Lost River State Park’s quiet 3,712 acres of woods. And if you want to find yourself at delicious restaurants, great shops and more, stop by the Hardy County CVB to get some tips.

View the stunning Bluestone River from 1,200 feet above from the Bolar Lookout Tower overlook at Pipestem State Park. Each park showcases a special view and experience of the Mountain State you cannot find anywhere else. Afterward, stop by Bluestone State Park for fishing and boating.

True Hospitality Experiences

Experience true southern hospitality at River House Lodge in Rowlesburg and Capon Springs and Farms in Capon Springs. River House Lodge is the perfect example of a charming lodge located in a small, beautiful West Virginia town. The lodge is tucked away in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia and is surrounded by the Cheat River. Go back to a time when everything was quiet and gentler at Capon Springs and Farms. Originally built as a 19th century springs resort, it was resurrected by the Austin family in 1932. Today it serves as the perfect getaway to enjoy the simpler things in life like golfing, fishing, tennis, swimming, hiking, the spa and great comfort food. While at Capon Springs and Farms, visit the Hampshire County Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out the best ways to explore beautiful Hampshire County.

True City Experiences

For a truly iconic West Virginia it’s a must that you visit one of the state’s amazing cities. Stop by Huntington, the state’s second largest city and take in a Marshall University Football game at Joan C. Edwards stadium. Want to know more about beautiful Huntington? Stop by the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

It’s a must to visit the capitol city, Charleston, and take a tour of the state capitol building and bask in the beauty of the capitols gold dome. Explore more of Charleston by visiting the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

You can combine a small town getaway with big time charm in Buckhannon. Stop by the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau to get the best ideas on where to explore, where to spend the night and what tasty bites you should try.

For a truly historical experience visit the beautiful city of Fairmont and eat at the iconic Muriale’s Italian Kitchen. Fairmont is full of exciting and fun opportunities so stop by the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out where to eat, what to see and what to do!

Which experience are you most looking forward to trying?


This post was last updated on March 17, 2022