West Virginia Things to Do

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West Virginia Things to Do

  • New River Gorge & Bridge

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    LOVE THIS PLACE . it's FREE no cost to see this awesome bridge (didn't do the cat walk) to scared. went down the 1 way road to the bottom of the mountain & had a great family time watching rafters go by.

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    LOVE THIS PLACE . it's FREE no cost to see this awesome bridge (didn't do the cat walk) to scared. went down the 1 way road to the bottom of the mountain & had a great family time watching rafters go by.

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  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry is a strategic city at the confluence of the Potamac and Shendoah rivers that played a central role in the Civil war. It changed hands numerous times during the war and conferred a strategic advantage of control of the 2 rivers. Today, the historic section of the town is restored as a National Historic park.

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  • Valley Falls State Park

    The main attraction of 1,145-acre (463-hectare) Valley Falls State Park is the series of spectacular waterfalls that cascade over Connoquenessing sandstone ledges and stone blocks to create foaming whitewater and clear, deep pools. The Tygart River, which separates Marion County to the north and Taylor County to the south, cuts through the...

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  • Blackwater Falls State Park

    Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park protects 2,358 acres (954 hectares) of red spruce and eastern hemlock upland boreal forest. Its most popular feature is the Great Falls of the Blackwater River, which is located at the point where the river enters the deep and rugged Blackwater Canyon. The Blackwater...

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  • The Canaan Valley

    Located in eastern Tucker County, the Canaan Valley is one of the most popular areas in West Virginia for outdoor sports and activities. The valley and its surrounding mountain peaks offer hiking, camping, cycling, golfing, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. The valley contains two state parks (Canaan...

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  • Seneca Rocks

    Seneca Rocks is a steep, exposed crag of rock (or knob) that rises about 900 feet (274 meters) above the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. It is made up of two sections, North Peak and South Peak, that are separated by Gunsight Notch. Seneca Rocks is at the...

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  • Backwoods Driving

    The best way to see West Virginia is to have a tank full of gas, a picnic basket and something to drink, and a gps. My husbad and I like to explore West Virginia by driving on roads we have never been on, and turn at the next turn that we come upon. We cntinue doing this for miles. We have been connected to towns that we had no idea how we got...

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  • Morgantown

    Morgantown began as Fort Morgan, which was established in 1772. The town and the fort were named after Zackquill Morgan, who fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Originally called Morgan's Town, it was chartered in 1785 and incorporated as a city in 1838. Today the city of Morgantown has about 27,000 residents, and is...

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  • New River Bridge

    Long the longest steel-arch bridge in the world, the New River Bridge on Rt 19 was recently surpassed by the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai, China. Completed in 1977, the New River Bridge reduced a 45-minute drive down into the valley to a 45-second sprint over the river with hardly a blink of the eye. At 876 feet above the river and 3,030 feet long the...

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  • The Views Are Awesome

    After congratulating yourself for making it to the top, take a look around. The town and the natural country views are so impressive that just to see this is worth the trip! I am not much of an "outdoor/nature" person and I live in an area that people say is very beautiful, but nothing I've seen anywhere is as exceptionally beautiful as the town of...

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  • Lower Town

    Not only is the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Armory & Arsenal located here, also this is a wonderful small town in the County of Jefferson. It borders the State of Maryland, is surrounded by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and is the only place in the state of West Virginia where the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River are...

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  • United States Armory and Arsenal

    The site of the United States Arsenal made famous by John Brown's raid, a critical event preceding the Civil War. However, the HF Armory and Arsenal was important on it's own. Not only was this a place where arms and military equipment belonging to the United States were stored, they were also produced here.During the Civil War Harpers Ferry...

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  • My Favorite Photo Op!

    St. Peter's is beautiful but I couldn't imagine climbing these steps every Sunday for Mass! It is however worth the climb at least once.The first thing that I noticed upon arriving at the top of the hill was the fantastic view. Right here, looking all round the term, "Wild West Virginia," comes to life. Though the town is visable just below, it is...

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  • Climbing Stairs, Not My Favorite!

    Climbing the steps up to St. Peter's Church in Harper's Ferry was not really what I wanted to do, but I did and was glad for making the effort. It was a lovely church and the view more breathtaking than the climb!This was not the first location of this church. Seems it was originally the first parish of Jefferson County and was a log cabin type...

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  • Wheeling, West Virginia

    Wheeling is a small town of 28,000 that lies in the West Virginia panhandle, between Ohio and Pennsylvania. The area around Wheeling was explore by George Washington before the town was established in 1795 and incorporated in 1805. Wheeling was the site of the convention when West Virginia split from Virginia in 1863. Off and on for the next few...

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  • Exhibition Coal Mine

    The Exhibition Coal Mine is a mine that tourists can enter to learn about mining from real coal miners. In addition to the mine, the complex also includes a group of former miners' homes - a bachelor miner's cabin, a mining family's home, and the superintendent's (boss') home. There is also a doctor's office, post office, barber shop, schoolhouse,...

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  • White Water Rafting

    At least two of West Virginia's rivers can match up well with almost any rivier in the US for quality white water rafting. The Gauley during September and October, and the New River. Ours was a spring run on the New River. There are several river guide companies. We chose Rivermen because they can provide overnight lodging and gave the best price....

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  • Visit Tamarack--the Best of West...

    Tamarack exists to showcase the best in arts & crafts from West Virginia. All of the more than 2,500 artists/craftsmen who sell there must be selected by going through a jury process. They submit samples of their work which are judged by a team of experts & evaluated as to whether or not the work is of a quality to be sold/exhibited at Tamarack...

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  • Visit Parkersburg--a City of Surprises

    There's so much to do and see in Parkersburg, I have a separate travel page for it. Check out my Parkersburg pages for tips on where to eat, things to do, etc. No matter what your interests, you can find something to enjoy in Parkersburg & the surrounding areas. Have daughters? They will probably enjoy a tour of the Middleton Doll Factory, just...

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  • New River Gorge

    Despite its name, New River is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the United States. In 1978 the US government protected 58 miles of the river and its surrounding area covering 70,000 acres. This is prime area for whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, fishing, biking and numerous other outdoor activities. From abandoned coal mines to...

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  • Fort Mulligan Civil War Site

    Fort Mulligan Civil War Site is a reminder that West Virginia saw much action during the War Between the States.All that's left of what was once a very large "bombproof" fort is an impressive series of eatheworks. The Fort, as it exists today, was constructed from August through December 1863 by troops under the command of Colonel James A....

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  • The State Capitol Building

    The West Virginia State Capitol Building is the seat of the state legislature, the office of the governor, and other state government offices. The current building is actually the third structure on the site that has served as the state capitol. The first was built in 1885, but burned in 1921, and the second building burned in 1927. The current...

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  • Madonna of the Trail

    The Madonna of the Trail is a sculpture ten feet (three meters) high and weighing five tons (4,536 kilograms). The base is six feet (two meters) high and weighs 12 tons (10,886 kilograms).In 1909, a group of women in Missouri formed a committee to locate the Old Santa Fe Trail in Missouri. The idea further developed into plans for a highway to be...

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  • Spruce Knob, highest mountain in West...

    We added another U.S. Highpoint to our list of mountains we have been to. This one, as many in the Eastern U.S. you can drive to the top. The road is narrow , has lots of curves and takes a while, but is not too bad. The view from on top was awesome. There were several other groups of people on the top even as isolated as this mountain was!

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  • Mining town museum

    Along with the mine itself, if you visit the coal mine in Beckley you get to visit the rest of the museum, which includes a rebuilt old mining town, some old farmhouses, and a youth museum. It was worth the trip. We spent half a day there.

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  • Coal Mine in Beckley

    We visited the Exhibition Coal mine in Beckely. I don't think I would have wanted to be a coal miner 100 or even 50 years ago!!! They led a very difficult life. We went on a tour of the underground mine, and the tour guide was a former miner who told us all about what life as a miner had been like. The miners were treated like slaves. They were...

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  • New River Gorge

    We drove down the very steep road with many curves to the bottom of the gorge. Watched the whitewater rafters go down the rapids! A few people fell out. That was enough to keep me from doing it....

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  • New River Gorge Bridge

    The New River Gorge bridge is the second highest in the U.S. I very much dislike driving over some bridges, and I was sort of afraid of this one, but it is really no big deal when you are driving over it. Why? You can't SEE how high you are from the top! We didn't realize how high up it is until we went to the Canyon Rim visitor center on the north...

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  • Coopers Rock State Forest

    Located about 13 miles (21 kilometers) east of Morgantown, Coopers Rock State Forest is one of the most popular attractions in the northern part of West Virginia. The 12,713-acre (5,145-hectare) park is bisected by Interstate 68, making for easy access. The area north of the interstate is leased by the West Virginia University Division of Forestry...

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  • Potomac River - "The Nation's River"

    The Potomac River runs 383 miles from the West Virginia-Maryland border to the Chesapeake Bay south of Washington DC. Some of the major cities along the river include Harper's Ferry, WV, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. The river forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and West Virginia and...

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  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry, at the border of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, and at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, was a strategic Civil War location with lots of history. Long before the war, Harper's ferry was established as a manufacturing and transportation center, as the US Armory and Arsenal was established in 1799. In the...

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  • Shenandoah River and Valley

    The Shenandoah River runs 150 miles through western Virginia from Port Republic into the Potomac at Harpers Ferry. The lowest 20 miles of the river are in West Virginia, while the rest of the river and its tributaries flow through Virginia. Around Front Royal, the Shenandoah is famous for Canoeing and the city of Front Royal was named by the...

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  • New River Bridge

    While you are in the area, you should check out the New River Bridge on SR 19 north of Beckley.The bridge is the world's longest single arch span bridge in the world and the second highest bridge in the United States.There is a visitor center on the north side of the bridge and a scenic overlook. Its worth stopping for an hour and taking some great...

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  • Capitol Charleston

    Facts about CharlestonCharleston, is the largest city and the capital city of West Virginia. The population is about 51,300. Charleston is situated at the intersection of three major interstates: I-64, I-77, and I-79. A reporter for the Gallipolis (Ohio) Dispatch had this to say about the city in 1861: "Charleston is quite a pretty place. It is...

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  • The New River Gorge Bridge

    The New River Gorge is an 800-foot deep river valley in southern West Virginia that for years acted as a physical barrier to noth-south transportation in the state. To get across it, you used to have to take a 2-lane road down into the valley, across a bridge at the bottom, and then climb up the other side on another narrow, winding road. The total...

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  • New River Gorge National Park

    The New River (which is in reality among the oldest rivers on the continent) is the site of a relatively new kind of National Park which encompasses the whole of a river. One of the Visitor's Centers is near Sandstone WV. The park contains over 70,000 acres of land along the New River. The park is open year-round. Canyon Rim and Sandstone Visitor...

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  • Hike on Maryland Heights- Check out...

    Harpers Ferry, a town in Jefferson County, West Virginia (formerly in Virginia; see Civil War below), is situated on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. Located at the bottom of the ravine created by the two rivers, it is thus nestled within the surrounding mountains....

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  • Harpers Ferry

    We visited Harpers Ferry in April and the crowds were not bad. The park ranger said that summer time sometimes become very hetic and overcrowded. Of course Harpers Ferry is best known because of John Brown's attempt to take over the federal arms factory which was located here. A row of interactive shops along the main street of the town was very...

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  • New River Gorge

    The New River Gorge is an 800-foot deep valley that has been carved over the millenia by the rapidly flowing New River in the southern part of West Virginia. 53 miles of the river are protected as the New River Gorge National River by the US National Park Service. Aside from the scenic beauty of its gorge, the New River is best know for whitewater...

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  • Hawks Nest State Park

    Hawks Nest State Park is a small West Virginia State Park located about an hour east of Charleston. The park features an overlook with a beautiful view of the of the New River valley. It also has a small lodge (31 rooms) with a restaurant that also overlooks the valley. If you want to go down and see the river, there is a gondola that descends down...

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  • Pay your respects to the Father of West...

    West Virginia is unique among all of the states of the United States in that it was the only one to be formed by Presidential proclamation and it was the only state to be born out of the Civil War. And the President who issued that proclamation and thereby made West Virginia a state was none other than Abraham Lincoln. Francis H. Pierpoint, the...

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  • LEARN GLASSMAKING!

    This year is the 100th anniversary of Fenton glass in Williamstown, WV (10 miles north of Parkersburg). To mark their centennial, Fenton is having a festival, August 3-5, 2007. They are also having a glassmaking school. Call or email for details; reservations will be available beginning April 1st. There will be a fee, of course, and you will need...

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  • New River Gorge Visitors Center

    This visitors center next to the New River Gorge Bridge has a book store, a movie screen, and displays documenting the history of the gorge, the park, the bridge, and more. There is also a wonderful view of the canyon from inside or outside the visitors center, as it sits on the cliff on the edge of the canyon.

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  • Reserve

    If you go, you should call and reserve a spot for you and your party. If just one or two people are going, you might not need to do this. But in Spetember I highly recommend doing so. Especially if you are driving a great distance to get there. Nothing would be worst than getting there and not being able to go rafting!!!I use Appalachian...

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