These 6 little-known West Virginia facts are going to blow your mind

West Virginia is known for its scenic beauty and its one-of-a-kind adventures, but the Mountain State has so much more thanks to its rich history and culture. Sure, we all know that West Virginia is nearly 75 percent covered by forests and that its considered both the southern most northern state and northern most southern state, but those facts don’t even begin to skim the surface of everything that makes the state so unique. Keep reading if you want to learn some amazing facts about the state that will truly blow your mind!

  1. Berkeley Springs has been the country’s first spa where hundreds came to take the waters for their health since the 1740s.
  2. More than 100 entries are received and evaluated each year during the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event. Entries come from around the world. In fact, Berkeley Springs is home to several incredible festivals that take place throughout the year. Visit Travel Berkeley Springs for more information about these fun festivals.
  3. Dolly Sods is a U.S. Wilderness area in Grant, Randolph and Tucker counties and encompasses more than 10,000 acres of land and offers an extensive network of hiking trails. The expansive area was used during WWII as an artillery practice field.
  4. Tucker County is also home to the charming town of Davis. Davis is known for its renowned mountain biking trails and bike culture. Blackwater Falls State Park hosts the nearly 40-mile-long Revenge of the Rattlesnake race, which is considered to be one of the toughest bike races in the country. Check out Canaan Valley Resort State Park in every season for skiing, lodging and more. Tucker County has many amazing outdoor opportunities that everyone needs to experience. Visit the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau to discover how to explore this amazing area.
  5. The 57-foot cascade of Blackwater Falls is named for its tannin-darkened water, which is caused by fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Blackwater Falls is also among the most photographed venues in the state. Blackwater Falls State Park has several viewing platforms that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views year-round and allow you to get those incredible photos that make this area so popular.
  6. Logan County is home to a very rich history. The town, county and Chief Logan State Park are all named after Chief Logan, a leader of the Native American Mingo tribe who lived in the area. Logan County also lays claim to a romantic legend, the love story between Shawnee Indian Princess Aracoma (daughter of Chief Cornstalk) and British Solder Boling Baker. Immerse yourself in Logan County’s history by making a visit to the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022