People who aren’t from West Virginia might not think about it in the sense of a prime travel destination but, with more and more people becoming interested in keeping healthy and exploring the countryside, it seems poised for a return to form. Tourists are interested in the beauty that the great West Virginia outdoors has to offer, and the possibilities are certainly endless. People can explore, kayak, go white water rafting, or stay in town and discover historical destinations they never knew existed.
West Virginia’s Civil War Trail will take you to some history-intense locations such as Jackson’s Mill Farmstead, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, the Philippi Covered Bridge, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, West Virginia Independence Hall, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, and Grafton National Cemetery. If you’re interested in Civil War history, these stops are not to be missed.
If you’re in love with the outdoors, then be sure to take a trip to Blackwater Falls State Park, where you can find skiing and hiking activities for the whole family. If you just want to hang out and enjoy the beautiful view, then there are lodges, cabins and restaurants available on site. In addition, you’ll find other memorable locations like Bear Rocks Preserve and Backbone Mountain for hiking and camping nearby.
If you’re more interested in experiencing the areas mostly untouched by man, then you’re free to venture out into one of West Virginia’s nine swaths of land protected under The Wilderness Act. These include Cranberry Wilderness, Laurel Fork South Wilderness, and Otter Creek Wilderness. At any of these protected locations, you’ll find forests and preserves full of unique vegetation and wildlife–and great photo ops while you’re out hiking the many trails.
Don’t forget about the Appalachian Trail. It begins in Maine and extends downward before terminating in Georgia. The small town of Harpers Ferry is home of the aforementioned National Historical Park. You can find a number of museums, the John Brown’s Fort, and information on the Appalachian Trail right in town. If you head over in autumn, then you can view gorgeous colors around the Blue Ridge Mountains.
One of the best parts of West Virginia is the climate. It’s easier to plan a trip at any time of the year, but the best months are in spring and fall. Winters do get a bit chilly, and summers run quite a bit hotter than residents from other parts of the country might be accustomed to. No matter when you come to West Virginia, you’ll find something to do.