Hello and welcome to Amazing Travel Adventures – West Virginia. Here I am sharing my Travel Destination guide to New River Gorge, Cass Scenic Railroad, Babcock State Park and so much more. Let’s explore and discover amazing travel adventures Washington style.
New Rivers and River Bridges and Water Falls – West Virginia
1. New River Gorge is the oldest running river in the United States. New River Gorge is located in New River Gorge National Park. This National Park is best known for whitewater rafting, rock climbing and camping. For more information visit their website at www.nps.gov or click here.
2. New River Gorge Bridge. This steel arch masterpiece is over 3,000 feet long. It crosses the New River Gorge in Fayetteville. To book a walking guided tour within the bridge’s catwalk check out www.bridgewalk.com or click here. Experience an amazing travel adventure 25 feet beneath the bridge!
3. Elakala Falls is part of four waterfalls that travel from Shay Run and end into Blackwater Canyon. All four falls are located within Blackwater Falls State Falls. The Elakala trail is well maintained and takes hikers to the only bridge over the top of the waterfall. This bridge offers amazing views and photo opportunities and is popular with visitors. To learn more about Blackwater Falls State Park visit their website at www.wvstateparks.com or click here.
Railroads and Steamboats and Universities – West Virginia
1. Cases Scenic Railroad is located within Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. The railroad was built in 1901 to carry lumber to and from Cass. The same locomotives are now taking visitors on a scenic ride filled with history and fun. View schedules, ticket prices and more at www.wvstateparks.com or click here.
2. The Island Belle is West Virginia’s own Sternwheel river boat. The Sternwheeler travels the western edge of the Ohio River between Point Park and Blennerhassett Island. Spend 20 minutes on the Island Belle and depart and explore historic Blennerhassett Island. Looking for more Island Belle time? Book a country style dinner cruise and concert at www.wvstateparks.com or click here.
3. West Virginia University’s campus is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. The University is a public 4 year school with a research emphasis curriculum. To learn more about offered programs, costs and more visit http://www.wvu.edu or click here. Interested in catching a Mountaineer football game? Visit www.wvusports.com or click here.
State Parks and State Penitentiaries and Coal Mines – West Virginia
1. Babcock State Park has over 4,000 acres to explore and discover. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is one of the most photographed landmarks within the Park. To make reservations for camping, whitewater rafting, ATV riding and more visit www.wvstateparks.com or click here.
2. West Virginia State Penitentiary was built in 1866 and decommissioned in 1995. Fear not. The penitentiary now offers escape rooms, paranormal investigations, tours and so much more. To see schedules and prices, if you dare, visit www.wvpentours.com or click here.
3. Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is located in Beckley, West Virginia. The coal mine opened in 1889 and closed in 1910. The Coal Mine now operates as a museum and offers underground tours led by experienced miners. For history, hours, ticket prices and more visit www.beckley.org or click here.
A Stands for Amazing Travel Adventures – West Virginia
Thank you for joining me as we explored and discovered Amazing Travel Adventures – West Virginia. New favorites to add to my list are Elakala Falls State Park and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine tour. Did your favorite amazing travel adventure West Virginia make my list? If not, please add in the comments. I love discovering new treasures.
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Until Next Time,
Erin at Wonder Lesch