West Virginia’s Most Instagrammable ViewsSpectacular 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 some of our very best, we identified nine 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.
Explore Almost Heaven Swing Locations
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.
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.
Overlooking the scenic valley formed by the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers at Parkersburg, this swing offers a bird’s-eye view of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Swings
The response has been unbelievable: tens of thousands of posts that have been seen tens of millions of times and showcased every corner of our state.
To make this year’s celebration even bigger, the Department of Tourism teamed up with students at Nicholas County Career and Technical Center to build the nine super-sized wooden swing sets where you can take in the 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.
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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