Extend Your Weekend With This 5-Day Summer Road Trip
Whether you’re a traveler looking for a getaway or West Virginia native in search of a “staycation,” a road trip through the Mountain State will satisfy your desire to have a vacation like never before. This 5-day road trip will take you from the Eastern Panhandle of Almost Heaven, to the southern coalfields, giving you plenty of opportunities to soak in the stunning scenery, stay at bed and breakfasts with character, and visit charming towns.
Start your travels at the Ledge House Bed and Breakfast. The view overlooks where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet and snake through the town of Harpers Ferry. The bed and breakfast is light-filled and has a wraparound porch for guests to be able to take in the views or even enjoy their breakfast made with locally grown produce.
It’s a quick walk or drive from the downtown area, hiking spots, as well as Civil War points of interest, including a Civil War Museum. Harpers Ferry is unique because it doesn’t only cater to the outdoorsy type of person, but those who would prefer to spend more time doing things indoors as well. For example, there are plenty of yummy places to dine, local wineries open for tastings, shopping, and many entertainment options for the arts and culture enthusiasts.
Switch gears and change paces in the beautiful mountains of Cabins at North Fork Mountain Inn. A few of the state’s most noticeable land formations are a close drive away from the inn. Smoke Hole Caverns, being the closest, is less than 10 miles down the road. Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks are less than 40 miles from the bed and breakfast and the views are worth every mile of the drive.
If you choose to catch up on rest and relaxation; however, the couple that owns the inn will be sure to take good care of you. Carol, one of the owners, might even bake you something sweet to snack on. The grand vistas will make you want to spend an extra night there and plan another trip back too.
Day 3: Mountain Lakes
From Cabins, Audra State Park is on the way to your next destination and isn’t too far off the beat and path. Much of the park is shaded by wooded areas and the perfect place for a pit stop picnic or even take some time to cast a line into the Middle Fork River.
A Governor’s Inn is located in the heart of Buckhannon conveniently on Main Street. The inn reflects its position in the historic district since it was built in the 19th century and has been preserved to its former glory. It’s a walking distance from restaurants, antique and gift shops, and many other attractions in the area.
The next stop on the road trip will lead you to Huntington. You’re bound to experience Appalachian history like you never have before at the Heritage Farm Museum & Village. While staying in one of the five cabins on the property, you’ll get to live like a true pioneer and totally disconnect from reality for a night.
Heritage Farm Museum & Village has many entertainment opportunities so you won’t even have to leave its grounds. From exhibits, to interactive folk crafts, a petting zoo and much more – you’ll be completely immersed in all this unique place has to offer.
Day 5: Hatfield-McCoy Mountains
Finally, wrap up the trip by cozying up in one of the most quaint, small towns in West Virginia—Matewan. But don’t overlook this town based on the size, it’s home to one of the state’s most notable claims to fame. Matewan is where much of the Hatfield-McCoy feuding took place.
The Historic Matewan House Bed and Breakfast has fun, West Virginia-themed suites, such as the “coal room,” and “almost heaven room,” for guests to choose from. Right across the street from the bed and breakfast is the location of the 1920 Matewan Massacre. You also won’t want to miss out on a tour of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feuding sites, given by actual relatives of the Hatfield clan.
Taking a road trip truly is the best way to experience West Virginia. Pack your bags, fill up your gas tank, grab a map and hit the trails. The mountains are calling your name.
This post was last updated on June 3, 2019