Our West Virginia Travel Guide
West Virginia is known for its beautiful mountains and rolling hills with a vast range of outdoor activities like skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hunting. Coal mining and logging industries have also shaped the history of this beautiful state. It is John’s home state, and he lovingly calls it God’s Country. Keep reading to learn more about the Mountain State in this West Virginia travel guide.
First, a little history…
Initially, being a part of Virginia, West Virginia became a separate state during the American Civil War in 1863. West Virginia officially became a part of the union in that same year. The railroad expansion helped in the industrial emergence of the state in the 1870s. Natural resources like coal, salt, timber, natural gas, and coal further have strengthened the modern industrial system. Today, it is a major coal-producing state, and West Virginia meets 15 percent of the United States’ coal requirements.
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Major West Virginia Attractions
Blackwater Falls State Park
The Blackwater Falls State Park is named after the dark waters of the Blackwater River. The waterfall drops almost 60 feet over the ledges and rushes through an eight-mile-long gorge. The state park is also home to Elakala Falls and Pendleton Falls, but Lindy Point and Pendleton Point get the most attention as they offer mesmerizing views of the canyons. The state park also provides boating, swimming, fishing, and camping opportunities.
This grand hotel has hosted many foreign dignitaries and royals over the years and is also considered a national historic landmark. It is located in White Sulphur Springs and is one of the grandest and most luxurious resorts in the entire state. Over the years, it has served different purposes. It has been used as a detention center, hospital, and underground shelter at other times. Now, the resort offers numerous activities for its visitors, including horseback riding, indoor and outdoor tennis, adventure courses, indoor and outdoor golf, and some relaxing time in the forty-thousand-square-foot spa. In addition, Greenbrier State Forest offers many other activities, such as swimming, camping, biking, and hiking.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Being the largest resort in the area, Snowshoe Mountain resort attracts many skiers and snowboarders from around the US. The resort is located on Cheat Mountain and offers its visitors a range of warm, comfortable, and picturesque cabins. If you visit during the summers, the hiking paths and biking trails of the nearby forests can also be explored. Not only this, but the resort also provides its visitors with an opportunity to enjoy golf, swimming, water sports, and a spa. Snowshoe remains one of the top West Virginia attractions throughout the year.
West Virginia State Museum
West Virginia State Museum is the best place for those keen to learn more about the state’s history, culture, art, geography, and archeology. The museum has a collection of almost 60,000 artifacts. It offers well-designed exhibits and is worth visiting for someone keen to learn more about the culture and history of West Virginia.
Some other notable places and attractions:
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Mothman Museum and Festival
White Water Rafting
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