Road TripsFrom the mountainous backcountry to history-packed byways, West Virginia has a scenic drive to suit every preference. Ride up and down our wild country roads discovering the beauty of the Mountain State — from the rich, rolling farmlands to the wildflower-filled valleys. Along the way, uncover Appalachia’s unique culture and history plus a few hidden gems.
Start your trip in Summersville for a country drive to one of the state’s most notorious scenic highways. Follow Route 39 through Richwood to the Highland Scenic Highway, opting for the Route 150 option at the Cranberry Glades Nature Center. Along the highway, take advantage of the numerous overlooks and short hiking trails like Honeycomb Rocks and the High Rocks Trail. At the close of the highway, head toward Marlinton for a late lunch at the Greenbrier Grille & Lodge for a sandwich and outdoor dining on the Greenbrier River. Continue following the motorcycle-friendly roads, Route 28, then Route 92 North through Durbin and Cheat Bridge, toward your ending destination of Elkins. Along the way, take in the rural farmlands, rocky rivers and mountain views before staying the night at the Graceland Inn.
Rise early with breakfast at the Inn, and then gear up for another day of mountain scenery. Head east on Route 33 for a modified trip along the state’s High Five drive. Climb to the top of Spruce Knob, the state’s highest point, then head north past Seneca Rocks toward Petersburg, Moorefield and finally, Capon Bridge. Along the way, be sure to stop at the numerous hot spots like Smoke Hole Caverns near Petersburg, Fort Mill Ridge in Romney and dozens of local restaurants and shops. Spend the night at Cacapon Resort State Park and rest well for the last day of your journey.
On your final day, enjoy a leisurely drive through the Eastern Panhandle, rich in history and heritage. Route 9 is your main thoroughfare in this area and will take you from Cacapon Resort State Park all the way down to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Along the way, stop at one of the countless photo opportunities such as Berkeley Springs State Park, the B&O Round House in Martinsburg and Paw Paw Tunnel. Have lunch at the Mountain View Diner in Charles Town, treat yourself to something nice in the local shops and end your day with nice dinner at the Lot 12 Public House in Berkeley Springs before retiring to your room for the night.
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