South Charleston is a small city in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The city is best known for its Criel Mound, a Native American burial mound, one of the largest in the country. South Charleston Museum tells the story of the Adena Indians and the Midland Trail as well as of the local history. The museum is located in the historic Labelle Theatre. Little Creek Park is one of city’s largest parks and it includes a range of sports facilities, an old saw mill and an interesting rock formation.

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1.South Charleston Mound

South Charleston Mound
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South Charleston Mound or the Criel Mound is a Native American burial mound in South Charleston, West Virginia, built by the Adena culture probably between 250 and 150 BC. The mound is located half way between two earthwork round enclosures about 556 feet in diameter. The mount was originally 33 feet high and 173 feet in diameter at its base, one of the largest such burial mound in West Virginia. The top was leveled in 1840 by the local residents to erect a stand for a judge for the horse races they used to run around the base of the mound. South Charleston Mound was excavated in 1883–84 by Professor Cyrus Thomas of the Smithsonian Institution. Professor Thomas found thirteen skeletons inside the mound. The Criel Mound is located within Staunton Park, a small South Charleston park commonly used as a community gathering place.

301 7th Ave, South Charleston, WV 25303, Phone: 304-744-5300

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2.Little Creek Park

Little Creek Park
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Little Creek Park is a large green area on the west side of South Charleston, West Virginia. The park’s most interesting feature is the Devil’s Tea Table, an interesting rock formation. The park has ten picnic shelters with restrooms, grills, electricity and various recreational equipment that are available for rental. It also includes an old saw mill and a natural spring. Frank A. Mullens, Jr. Athletic Complex is located within the park. It has two baseball, a softball, a football and two soccer fields. There are also two basketball and two tennis courts, 18-hole disc golf course, Soap Box Derby racing facility, kids’ playground and a network of hiking trails.

Little Creek Park Rd, South Charleston, WV 25309

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3.South Charleston Museum

South Charleston Museum
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The South Charleston Museum, located in the La Belle Theater building in South Charleston, was established in 1989 with the goal of telling the story of the Adena Indians and the Midland Trail where they lived once. The Center includes the Criel Mound Indian burial site, a range of artifacts, models, brochures, pictures, films, maps of various other Adena Indian Mounds in the area and a kiosk with information about the area history. The Center also has books, CDs, and a vintage 1929 film about the Midland Trail, which can be borrowed by teachers. The museum offers programs to schools, churches and various organizations.

311 D St, South Charleston, WV 25303-3105

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4.Longhorn Steakhouse

Longhorn Steakhouse
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Longhorn Steakhouse chain is known all over the country for their superbly grilled beef. Their South Charleston, West Virginia restaurant is a rustic, ranch-style eatery located near Corridor G and next to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston-Southridge Hotel. Cozy and welcoming, the steakhouse is a popular spot for family celebrations and special evenings. A carnivores delight, it serves perfectly grilled steaks in all their incarnations, seasoned expertly with their signature spice blend and served with one of many sides and ice-cold beer. Or a glass of wine or one of their signature margaritas and other original cocktails. If you do not feel for a steak, you can choose their great salmon or chicken, prepared the way you like it. Don’t miss their signature desserts, a perfect ending for a perfect evening.

91 RHL Blvd, Charleston, WV 25309, Phone: 304-744-4112

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5.Steak Escape

Steak Escape
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Steak Escape is a country-wide self-service chain of restaurants serving mouth-watering cheesesteaks and subs not seen or tasted anywhere else. Their South Charleston restaurant is spacious, bright and modern. Their employees start the day by baking fresh Italian rolls, hand-cutting their fries from Idaho potatoes and slicing their fresh vegetables. Their chicken is all-white and has no added hormones and they use only 100% USDA Choice steak. Their signature cheesesteaks come in several versions. If you are a traditionalist, you should go for the Original Philly Whiz with grilled USDA Choice steak with sautéed onions and Cheese Whiz®. For adventurous, there is Bourbon and Bacon with grilled USDA Choice steak, sautéed onions, melted white American cheese, crispy bacon and sweet bourbon sauce. They also sell great subs and healthy bowls with fresh veggies and your choice of meat

81 RHL Blvd, South Charleston, WV 25309, Phone: 304-744-5227

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6.Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station East Coast Subs
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Penn Station East Coast Subs is a popular chain of counter serve restaurants that has a simple recipe for success: hot grilled sub sandwiches, fresh cut fries and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Their South Charleston spot is modern, bright and clean-lined, located in Southridge Center shopping mall. They might sell fast food, but they are proving that the food can be prepared fast without sacrificing quality. All their sandwiches are put together fresh while the customer is watching, using fresh hearth-baked bread, USDA steak, the finest meats and cheeses and fresh vegetables. The potatoes are fresh-cut and flash-fried in peanut oil and the lemonade is made every day from scratch using hand-squeezed lemons.

2478 Mountaineer Blvd, South Charleston, WV 25309, Phone: 304-343-7366

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7.O'Charley's Restaurant and Bar

O'Charley's Restaurant and Bar
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OCharley’s Restaurant and Bar has more than 200 restaurants in 17 states and is known for American classic comfort dishes with Southern flavor and a full bar. Their South Charleston location is pleasant and intimate, with large boots and soft lighting. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone, from green fried tomatoes and chicken pot pie to their signature chicken tenders and seafood combo platter. Their bar makes original cocktails and offers small selection of wines and much larger selection of craft, on tap and bottled local and imported beers. Their Sunday brunch is very popular.

70 RHL Blvd, Charleston, WV 25309, Phone: 304-746-0920

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