Virtual Road Trip: Day 4

West Virginia is full of unique points of interest– from historic landmarks, to scenic overlooks and the most delicious eateries. These spots are worth stopping at on your road trip or even making a special venture to experience.

Wood County

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park | Parkersburg

Visit Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park to learn all about its 18th and 19th century lore. Take a ride on a sternwheeler (the only way onto the island), tour the Palladian mansion on the grounds, go for a horse-drawn carriage ride and much more.

 

Wirt County

Burning Springs Park | Elizabeth

A self-guided tour at this park presents the captivating stories of the nation’s first oil and gas field. See the world’s oldest producing oil well and learn about the role it played in West Virginia statehood and the Civil War.

Roane County

Robey Theatre | Spencer

Built in 1911, the Robey Theatre was one of the first theaters in the country to show silent films. The theatre has been remodeled and expanded over the years, but it still retains its original charm and is open to visitors 364 days a year.

Kanawha County

Capitol Market | Charleston

Tucked in a turn-of-the-century train station, the indoor-outdoor Capitol Market offers an exciting mix of farm goodness and specialty shops. Pick up seasonal goods to enjoy now and West Virginia-made gifts to take home.

Jackson County

Appalachian Distillery | Ripley

Appalachian Distillery one of Ripley’s top attractions, produces traditional white lightning “from the cornstalk to the bottle.” You can also get exotic flavors like paw paw, strawberry lemonade, blackberry and peach.

Mason County

Mothman Museum | Point Pleasant

On November 15, 1966, two young couples in Point Pleasant reported seeing a large, man-sized creature with wings and red glowing eyes. Before long, there were more sightings and paranoia ran rampant throughout the community. Fast forward to today, the Mothman Museum is the world’s only museum and research center devoted to the West Virginia legend himself.

Putnam County

Valley Park | Hurricane

Valley Park, located in the heart of Putnam County, is a great pit-stop for any road trip, especially if you have kids along for the ride. The park is home to the Waves of Fun waterpark, miles of walking trails, a playground and lots of room to roam.

Cabell County

Ritter Park Historic District | Huntington

One of the most beloved locations in Huntington is Ritter Park. Take in the sights of the beautiful rose garden, which features more than 3,000 roses. They’re typically in bloom from late-May to mid-June.

Lincoln County

Quilt Trail | Lincoln County

Lincoln County’s quilt trail will lead you through pastoral countryside and rural history, all accented by the bright colors and simple patterns of this artistic tradition. Many of the quilt squares featured along the Lincoln trail route are historic squares from area families, including several unique variations of the classic Dresden Plate pattern. A geocacher has hidden caches for visitors to uncover on public lands near many of the quilt trail stops.

Wayne County

Camden Park | Huntington

Camden Park has entertained families for more than 100 years, from the nostalgia of the carousel to the thrill of the Big Dipper rollercoaster. This small 26-acre amusement park in Huntington began as a picnic area at the end of the Camden Interstate Railway Company in 1902, and slowly grew into an amusement park.

Mingo County

Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours | Matewan

Learn the fascinating story of the nation’s most famous feuding family with Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours. The tour guide will entertain you with stories about the region’s colorful history of coal mining, feuding and moonshining.

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This post was last updated on June 18, 2020