Travel every Almost Heaven region
Each region in Almost Heaven is home to beautiful sites. From gentle rolling farmland to deep gorges and canyons, the unique experiences in each region are all connected by scenic drives on our winding, country roads.
Outdoor recreation is plentiful in the scenic New River-Greenbrier Valley. You can enjoy some of the best whitewater rafting and rock climbing on the East Coast. Or, you can relax in luxury at the world-famous Greenbrier Resort. Here, you can also tour a coal mine or spend all day shopping at one of the many charming towns that dot the region.
Just a short distance from Washington, D.C., the Eastern Panhandle is full of history, scenery and small-town charm. Berkeley Springs, known for its healing waters since George Washington’s time, is a popular spa destination and hot spot for antique lovers. Martinsburg is full of many historic treasures and celebrates with festivals devoted to wine, arts, apples, chocolate, chili and more. Shepherdstown is a picturesque college community with a delightfully eclectic shopping scene and a collection of inviting restaurants. And Harpers Ferry is full of history and heritage and is home to the headquarters for the Appalachian Trail.
Rooted in history and coal mining heritage, the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains is home to the famous ATV trails. Various systems will take you from deep in the woods to the tops of mountains throughout this region. Visit Chief Logan State Park, known for its museum, wildlife center and outdoor amphitheater, or head to the Coal House, which is home to the Tug Valley Chamber of commerce.
Shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment are the centers of cities Charleston and Huntington in the Metro Valley. The art scene is vibrant, and the smaller communities in the region offer antiques, boutiques, historic sites and festivals. The Capitol Market provides fresh, local produce, and Ritter Park features a rose garden, walking paths and an amphitheater.
This riverfront region is home to charming towns and historic mansions. Set alongside the Ohio River, the Mid-Ohio Valley has been a hub for the oil and gas industry and features historical sites of that heritage. Explore Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, which sits between West Virginia and Ohio.
West Virginia University is the centerpiece of Mountaineer Country, inspiring a college town filled with diverse offerings: dining, shopping, outdoor recreation and more. Cheer on the Mountaineers at a football or basketball game or enjoy the annual West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival.
The northern most point of West Virginia blends scenic beauty with city living – just minutes outside the metropolis of Pittsburgh. Enjoy antique shopping, visit the Oglebay Resort Good Zoo or take a tour of the Homer Laughlin China Company – known for its iconic Fiesta dinnerware – in the Northern Panhandle.
The lakes of this region – Stonewall Jackson, Stonecoal, Summersville, Sutton and Burnsville — are perfect for a warm summer day. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, water-skiing, boating or even aqua cycling in the Mountain Lakes region. Fishing, hunting, biking and birding are popular throughout the region, and rock climbers love the ledges at Summersville Lake.
Some of the most beautiful parts of nature reside in the Potomac Highlands. From Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob to Blackwater Falls and Green Bank Observatory, this region is an outdoor playground. Stop at local coffee shops and restaurants along the way to complete your trip.Discover more
This post was last updated on August 3, 2020