West Virginia’s Most Instagrammable Views

Spectacular overlooks and picturesque landscapes. Here, the scenery shines in its natural splendor. West Virginia is home to a multitude of jaw-dropping views, all of which are perfect for your Instagram feed.

Here in Almost Heaven, there are no shortages of views. To help guide you to breathtaking views, we identified some of the most Instagrammable spots. The backdrop of the state’s beautiful landscapes paired with handmade, wooden swings creates irresistible photo opportunities. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #AlmostHeaven.

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Cacapon Resort State Park

Drive or hike to the Cacapon Mountain Overlook. This swing, located just steps from the parking area and beside the observation deck, has mountains as far as the eye can see as its backdrop.

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

Take the Buffalo Mountain Trail System to get to the Death Rock Overlook. The swing is positioned high above the mountain town of Williamson, with one of the best views the region has to offer.


Once on the lawn of the University of Charleston, turn left to walk toward the boathouse. The swing is located adjacent to the fire pit with a direct view of the State Capitol. 

Blackwater Falls State Park

Located just off the trail to the main overlook, snap a picture on the swing with a backdrop of the spectacular falls in the distance.

Stonewall Resort State Park

Nestled on the lake side of the main lodge directly behind the Hickory building, this swing has stunning, tranquil views. Getting there is simple, follow the Bright Star Park Trail to the back of the lodge.

Coopers Rock State Forest

From the parking lot closest to the main overlook and the gift shop, walk on the cobblestone path farthest to the left. Pass the pavilion and the swing will be to your left, with a lush forest backdrop.

Babcock State Park

Perfectly positioned in front of the Glade Creek Grist Mill, this swing can be found near the park office, just steps from one of the state’s most photographed spots.

Wheeling Heritage Port

Overlooking the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River, the swing at Wheeling Heritage Port is located on a grassy patch just off the walkway to the river.

Grand Vue Park

Soak up stunning Northern Panhandle views at this Almost Heaven swing. After you snap your perfect picture, take a spin on the 2100 ft. zip-line ride.

Bluestone State Park

Overlooking the beautiful Bluestone Lake, this #AlmostHeaven swing location is a must-visit spot. Located just off of Rt. 20 near Lilly’s Bridge.

East River Mountain Overlook

This Bluefield, WV spot is the perfect place to catch an awe-inspiring sunset. Snap your picture at this photo-op and be sure to share it on social media using #AlmostHeaven.

Tomlinson Run State Park

Stop by this Northern Panhandle park for your next #AlmostHeaven selfie. This spot is located at the end of the Jody Hulka Trail, which is ADA-accessible.

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

An iconic overlook park, find your next scenic view at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. Packed with Civil War history, this swing location is a must-visit.

Lost River State Park

This Hardy County park should be the best stop on your #AlmostHeaven swings road trip. Prepare for panoramic views at Lost River State Park.

Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem Resort State Park is one of the best family adventure spots and is home to an #AlmostHeaven swing. Enjoy the stunning view of the rolling hills.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park

You will discover unmatched scenery at this #AlmostHeaven swing overlooking the scenic Balsam Swamp.

Summersville Lake State Park

Located within the state’s newest state park, a stop at this #AlmostHeaven swing is the perfect addition to your next trip.

Philippi Covered Bridge

Just off U.S. 119, enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Philippi Covered Bridge for your next swing selfie.

West Virginia State Capitol

The perfect photo-op for any West Virginia fan, the newest Almost Heaven swing has a backdrop of the capitol’s sparkling gold dome.

About the Swings

The response has been unbelievable: tens of thousands of posts that have been seen tens of millions of times, showcasing every corner of our state.

To celebrate West Virginia Day in 2022, the Department of Tourism teamed up with students at Nicholas County Career and Technical Center to build nine super-sized wooden swing sets where you can take in stunning views at some of the most scenic spots in the state.  

As a pilot project, one swing was placed in a scenic location or overlook in each of the nine travel regions. The swing sites were strategically positioned after analyzing over 100,000 social media posts from across the state to find some of West Virginia’s most beloved vistas. Today, more swings continue to be added and visitors are flooding social media with their #AlmostHeaven swing captures.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look

A lot of folks pitched in on the swing installation including city, county and state officials across the state.  In Charleston, students from the Mountain ChalleNGe Academy got a surprise visit from Governor Justice and Babydog during their installation.

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