West Virginia is tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian and Allegheny Mountains, offering a wide variety of outdoor adventure experiences and historic attractions for visitors.

These majestic ski lodges, quaint renovated inns, secluded rental properties, and stately historic resorts offer luxury amenities with convenient access to all of the region’s best attractions.

1. The Greenbrier

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The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark property that has earned a reputation as one of the finest resorts in the world, spanning an 11,000-acre area set around beautiful natural mineral springs.

The West Virginia resort, which has been in operation since 1778, has hosted 27 American presidents and a large number of internationally-renowned luminaries.

710 beautiful guest rooms and suites are offered, including spacious estate homes with four to seven bedrooms and deluxe accommodations within the property’s historic Windsor Club facility.

Five golf courses are offered on site, along with a 103,000-square-foot casino and entertainment venue, a luxury mineral spa, and horseback riding, bowling, and zipline canopy tour activities.

19 onsite restaurants serve casual and fine dining fare, including the southern-style Draper’s restaurant, the mountain-view gourmet Sam Snead’s, and the high-class Pacific rim fare In-Fusion.

Nightlife options include the Greenbrier Royale craft bar, the Cafe Carleton cabaret, and the 42 Below nightclub, which offers live entertainment and dancing space. More things to do in West Virginia

300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986, Phone: 844-837-2466

2. Hillbrook Inn

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Hillbrook Inn in Charles Town has been named as one of America’s top bed and breakfasts, located near Harpers Ferry on a 30-acre plot of land formerly owned by President George Washington. The Select Registry resort offers elegant guest rooms with private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, complimentary iPad use, and free wireless internet access. Farmhouse rooms are also available, and cottage and gatehouse suites may be rented for more private accommodations. Full breakfast is served with each night’s stay, and award-winning five-course dinners are offered at the inn’s full-service restaurant, which also offers onsite cooking courses. A luxury spa, guest use library, and bar and lounge are also provided. Pet-friendly rooms are available upon request, and babysitting services are offered at an additional fee for guests with children in tow.

4490 Summit Point Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414, Phone: 304-725-4223

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3. West Virginia Resorts: Canaan Valley Resort

West Virginia Resorts: Canaan Valley Resort
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Canaan Valley Resort is an Allegheny Mountain ski resort and conference center located within Canaan Valley State Park, which is home to the United States’ second-largest inland wetland ecosystem. The resort was the first developed ski resort in the state of West Virginia and offers spectacular mountain views and year-round fun for guests of all ages, including access to more than 18 miles of ungroomed ski trails during the winter months. All guest rooms and suites feature flat screen televisions, coffee makers, mini fridges, and microwaves, with upgrades to rooms with private balconies and fireplaces available. Multi-bedroom cottages and cabins are also available for rental, featuring full kitchenettes, and an onsite campground is offered seasonally. Elegant dinner fare is served at the Hickory Dining Room, while casual fare is available at the Seasons Cafe. Onsite amenities include a seasonal summer tubing park, an 18-hole golf course, a seasonal ice skating rink, and indoor and outdoor pools.

230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260, Phone: 304-866-4121

4. West Virginia Resorts: Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa

West Virginia Resorts: Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
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Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa is a laid-back, luxurious golf resort located on a 500-acre property overlooking the beautiful Cheat Lake. The resort is located near top area attractions such as the Monongalia Arts Center, the Morgantown History Museum, and the West Virginia Botanic Garden and has been named as West Virginia’s top family resort, offering a wide variety of onsite amenities for visitors of all ages. Understated guest rooms and suites offer amenities such as cable televisions, coffee makers, and free wireless internet, with upgrades available to rooms with features such as wet bars, private living rooms, and balconies with lake views. Two championship golf courses are located on site, along with a fitness center, spa, and sports bar and grill.

8061, 1 Lakeview Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508, Phone: 304-594-1111

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5. Mardi Gras Casino & Resort

Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
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Mardi Gras Casino and Resort is a full-service casino resort located in Cross Lanes, near attractions such as Nitro City Park and the Dutch Hollow Wine Cellars. As the state’s only New Orleans-style casino resort, the hotel features more than 1,000 slot machines, 30 table games, and live feeds of its greyhound racetrack. 150 modern guest rooms contain flat screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers, and iPod docks, with suites available that feature whirlpool tubs and wet bars. Several restaurants are offered on site, including the upscale French Quarter Restaurant and Bar, the casual racing-centric Grill at First Turn, and the quick-bite Cafe Orleans. Nightly entertainment is presented at Louie’s Lounge, which offers a dance floor and live music and comedy, and onsite relaxation is available at the resort’s full-service fitness center, pool, and hot tub.

1 Greyhound Dr, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, Phone: 304-776-1000

6. Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center
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Oglebay Resort and Conference Center is an expansive ski and golf resort located on 1,700 acres near Wheeling Park that has earned a national reputation for its spectacular holiday light show event. The four-star resort offers value, preferred, and deluxe accommodations within its Wilson Lodge facility, featuring amenities such as cable televisions, mini fridges, wet bars, and private balconies with lakeside views. Private cottages sleep up to 16, while majestic estate houses offer spacious accommodations for large groups and extended stays. A wide variety of attractions are offered on site, including two museums, a botanic garden facility, a planetarium, and the state’s only accredited zoo. 36 holes of championship golf are also available, along with ample opportunities for summer and winter sporting fun.

465 Lodge Dr, Wheeling, WV 26003, Phone: 304-241-2545

7. Smoke Hole Caverns & Log Cabin Resort

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Smoke Hole Caverns and Log Cabin Resort is a family-owned resort located within the scenic Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which spans 100,000 acres and offers popular rock climbing spots at some of West Virginia’s highest peaks. The resort is conveniently located near the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail and offers a rustic log motel with rooms featuring amenities such as queen beds, satellite televisions, and free wireless internet. Log cabins and cottages are also available for rental for more spacious private accommodations, offering wood-burning stoves, full kitchens, and whirlpool tubs. The property is centered around the majestic Smoke Hole Caverns, which offer daily guided tours elaborating on their geologic and social history. Other onsite attractions include a trout fishing pond, a conference center, and a gemstone mining family attraction.

8290 N Fork Hwy, Cabins, WV 26855, Phone: 304-257-4442

8. Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Resort
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Snowshoe Mountain Resort is nestled within the beautiful Allegheny Mountains on an 11,000-acre wilderness property offering 251 acres of seasonal ski terrain. 57 visitor ski trails are located across three dedicated skiing areas, which offer ski lessons for beginners and chairlift access. During the summer months, the resort comes alive with activities such as mountain biking, ziplining, and championship links at the Raven Golf Club. Four resort areas offer standard lodge units and rental cottages and condos with amenities such as full kitchenettes, private decks, whirlpool tubs, and gas fireplaces. More than 20 dining options include the scenic Boathouse restaurant, the casual Raven Grille, the innovative Foxfire Grille, and the White Rabbit Market craft sandwich shop. Other amenities include a 3,600-square-foot luxury spa, a teen center, and a wide variety of onsite shopping.

10 Snowshoe Dr, Snowshoe, WV 26209, Phone: 877-441-4386

9. West Virginia Resorts: The Blennerhassett Hotel

West Virginia Resorts: The Blennerhassett Hotel
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The Blennerhassett Hotel has been in operation for more than a century, located within an elegant restored Victorian building near Parkersburg’s Julia-Ann Square Historic District. Refined guest rooms offer high-class features such as four-post beds, marble showers, and whirlpool bathtubs, with upgrades available to one and two-story suites with European-style furnishings and complimentary chocolates upon check-in. The hotel features several sophisticated dining options curated by executive chef Rick Argoso, including the full-service Spats Restaurant, the casual Spats Bar and Lounge, and the relaxed Patio and Courtyard, which features a beer garden. Live entertainment is showcased on the weekends, and complimentary passes to a nearby YMCA are provided for fitness center services.

320 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101, Phone: 304-422-3131

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10. West Virginia Resorts: The Confluence Resort

West Virginia Resorts: The Confluence Resort
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The Confluence Resort is a 300-acre resort within the heart of southern West Virginia, located within Fayette County near the Gauley River National Recreation Area, which spans more than 11,000 acres and offers exciting whitewater rapids adventures. The elegant wilderness resort provides stunning mountain views and attractions such as a 70-foot waterfall, miles of nature trails, and rail-to-trail riverside access. Several holiday rental cabins are available, sleeping six to 13 guests and offering private living and dining space, full kitchens, inviting stone fireplaces, and spacious outdoor deck and patio areas. The resort may be rented for private special events, including weddings and business events, and provides convenient access to a number of nearby attractions, including several golf courses and state parks.

Patterson Ferry Road, Hico, WV 25912, Phone: 304-573-4900

11. The Resort At Glade Springs

The Resort At Glade Springs
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The Resort At Glade Springs is set on 4,100 acres within the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, offering convenient access to nearby Raleigh County attractions such as Mallard Lake, the Winterplace Ski Resort, and Little Beaver State Park. More than 200 guest rooms and suites are offered at the resort’s inn property, featuring amenities such as wet bars, fireplaces, mini fridges, and private living room areas. Four-bedroom manor houses and luxurious villas are also available for more private accommodations for large groups or extended stays. Three 18-hole championship golf courses are offered on site, along with a bowling alley, whitewater rafting adventure facilities, ski trails, an equestrian center, and a variety of sporting courts and facilities. Four onsite restaurants serve casual and fine dining fare, including the Rotunda Restaurant, Glade’s Grill, Bunker’s Sports Bar, and the Small Talk Cafe.

255 Resort Dr, Daniels, WV 25832, Phone: 304-763-2000

12. Bavarian Inn

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Bavarian Inn is a spacious Alpine-style lodge overlooking the Potomac River, located near Cress Creek Golf Course and the historic Antietam National Battlefield. The 11-acre inn offers beautiful chalet-style rooms and suites with standard amenities such as flat screen televisions, coffee makers, and free wireless internet. Some rooms upgrade to top features, including whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, and private balconies overlooking the river. An onsite restaurant within a restored mansion building serves classic German and American dishes, and an English-style pub serves casual fare and draft brews. Other attractions include an outdoor infinity pool with a poolside bar, a sun deck and terrace, a fitness center, and tennis court facilities.

164 Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, Phone: 304-876-2551

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13. West Virginia Resorts: Stonewall Resort

West Virginia Resorts: Stonewall Resort
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Stonewall Resort is located along the banks of the beautiful West Fork River within the 18,000-acre Stonewall Jackson Lake Wildlife Management Area, which offers spectacular hardwood forest scenery and opportunities for bass, catfish, trout, and bluegill fishing. Adirondack-style lake and golf course view rooms feature amenities such as flat screen televisions, mini fridges, and free wireless internet, while upgrades to waterfront cottage accommodations add full kitchenettes, in-suite laundry units, and private decks and boat launch facilities. Three onsite restaurants offer full-service experiences, including the signature Stillwaters restaurant, the golf-view Ligthburn’s, and the casual TJ Muskie’s bar and lounge. Onsite amenities include a spa, a rock climbing wall, and a marina, with all guests receiving complimentary state park access and adventure package add-ons as part of each night’s stay.

940 Resort Dr, Roanoke, WV 26447, Phone: 304-269-7400

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West Virginia is located in the Apalachian Mountains, historic, forested, with waterfalls, canyons, fast rivers and scenic mountain views around every corner. It is the state of small southern towns where history is embraced and celebrated but the life is modern and vibrant. Charming Charleston is the state capital, with beautiful architecture in its historic downtown, snuggled between Kanawha and Elk rivers. Morgantown is the home of the West Virginia University, which colors the life in the city. Princeton was once the hub of the area’s coal mining, but is today called ‘the Jewel of the South.” Harpers Ferry National Historical Park includes a small town of  Harpers Ferry where American history was created in the 19th century. The New River Gorge National River is a breathtakingly beautiful  place where whitewater rafting and rock climbing bring  adventure enthusiasts every year. The iconic  2,180-mile long Appalachian Trail runs through West Virginia and attracts hikers from all over the world.


Charleston is charming southern city snuggled between the Elk and Kanawha rivers, with lively riverside complex perfect for strolling among stately buildings such as Governor’s Mansion, gold-domed State Capitol, the West Virginia State Museum and Theater and so much more. Kids love the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences with its discovery museum and a planetarium. Hands-on interactive Avampato Discovery Museum is another great place for the whole family. Downtown Capitol Market will show you what the local farmers grow and let you taste local goodies. Magic Island, in the middle of the Kanawha River, is a lovely green oasis  to stretch your legs and enjoy the views of the river and  the city. South Charleston Mound is a fascinating piece of ancient history of the region, a burial mound of the Adena culture.


Like in so many lively college towns, the life in Morgantown in West Virginia revolves around its great school -West Virginia University: the renowned art museum, fantastic sculpture garden, Core Arboretum  with ancient forest, wetlands  and fields of wildflowers. You can catch a WVU’s college football game at Milan Puskar Stadium’s Mountaineer Field. On the Monongahela River, the WVU Core Arboretum has old-growth forest and spring wildflowers. The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum is located on the university’s Evansdale campus, in the former Mineral Resources Building. Outside of the university campus is the 1924 Metropolitan Theatre and Morgantown History Museum. Spark! Imagination and Science Center is kids’ favorite, with interactive displays, which show that science and fun can mix. A 13-mile-long Cheat Lake is a great swimming and boating lake and  has miles of hiking and biking trails around it.


For Collis P. Huntington, the builder and owner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, an area where  West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet was the natural spot to found and build the city. The city of Huntington is today the second-largest city in West Virginia, a lovely college town on the  scenic banks of Ohio River, where students of the Marshall University create the lively vibe and influence the city’s life. The downtown area is full of shops, cafes and restaurants. The town square reminds visitors of the city's railroad history. Pullman Square is the heart of city’s cultural life with year-around festivals and events in the Keith-Albee Theater and the Civic Arena. Camden Park is the kids’ favorite with  all sorts of rides, mini-golf, haunted house and a carousel.


Located at the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers,  Parkersburg is a modern industrial city that became world famous when the B&O completed in 1870 the Parkersburg Bridge, at that time  the world’s longest railroad bridge. The city continued its industrial development in the post-World War II period, and became the Ohio Valley’s major industrial center. You can follow the city’s past at the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, with its lavish mansion, carriage rides and beautiful picnic areas. Julia-Ann Square Historic District showcases city’s affluent era with lovely Victorian architecture. The 1863 Fort Boreman archaeological site includes a Civil War fortification surrounded by a network of scenic hiking trails.


Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on the Ohio River,  Wheeling was originally a small settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later became the first West Virginia state capital.  Learn more about the city past at the 1860 West Virginia Independence Hall. Check the Wheeling Suspension Bridge across the the Ohio River,  the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was finished in 1849.  Fascinating Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum displays a range of model train layouts and classic toys. Schrader Environmental Education Center teaches about the importance of guarding our natural world. Called the “Unofficial LEGO Museum,” Toy and Plastic Brick Museum has much more than just legos. Good Zoo & Benedum Theater combines live animals  and nature programs. Historic Center Wheeling Market is a nice place to grab something to eat, surrounded with all the history.


Located at 2,655 feet above sea level, in the lush East River Mountain, Bluefield is the highest town in West Virginia, earning the nickname  Summit City. The high altitude keeps the Bluefield’s temperature balmy year around and if it gets  over 90 degrees, everyone gets free lemonade from Chamber of Commerce's "Lemonade Lassies.” Settled in the 1780s, the city got its name from the vast blue chicory fields in the area. For a while, Bluefield was a booming railroad hub for the thriving coal industry until its decline in the 1960s.  Downtown Bluefield has lovely architecture dating from its affluent past in the 1920s. Bluefield Area Arts Center, located in the historic Old City Hall, features modest art gallery and studios for local artists on its top floor.  Summit Players  is a local dinner theatre offering four new plays every year. There are several scenic hiking trails leading to the  East River Mountain Overlook, offering a 3,500-foot-high view of the city and East River Mountain.


Martinsburg is located at the tip of the West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle region and is famous as the first American city to have a United States post office, established in 1792. The lovely place to learn more about the city past is the Belle Boyd House, an opulent Greek Revival mansion converted in 1853 into a Civil War museum. City’s Arts center is developing a reputation as the major ARTS education center in the region. Poor House Farm Park is a large park with a lake full of fish, several event pavilions and a historic 1800’s barn. The For the Kids, by George  is children's hands-on museum teaching them about their heritage. Nearby Great North Mountain is a popular local hiking destination with a 50-mile long mountain ridge in the Appalachians.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Located in the Allegheny Mountains, in West Virginia’s Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park was created to protect the magnificent Blackwater Falls, a 62-foot waterfall, famous for its amber color caused by the tannic acid created by the dissolved needles of surrounding  hemlocks and red spruces. The trail that goes down to the falls follows steep wooden steps and has several viewing platforms along the way, offering great viewpoints for photography. At the lowest viewing platform, near the base of the falls, you will feel the mist of the falling water. Other places along the gorge where you can observe the falls are Pendleton Point behind the Blackwater Lodge and Lindy Point Overlook.

Ritter Park

Located in the Southside neighborhood of Huntington, West Virginia and created in 1913, Ritter Park is a green oasis in the heart of the city and the locals’ and visitors’ favorite outdoor recreation space. The park’s many hiking trails run along the cool Four Pole Creek, pass by a lovely rose garden, restroom facilities, shelter with grills and picnic tables, a kids’ playground and an amphitheater that is often used for outdoor concerts and plays. The American Planning Association named the Ritter Park as one of the country’s great public places, greatly for its wonderful integration in the surrounding historic district. The park’s rose garden, which has over 3,500 rose plants, is surrounded by stone walls and provides background for many events, weddings and the annual Rose Show.


Grandview State Park

Grandview State Park is located  in Raleigh County, West Virginia, and is a very popular hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing area. It is the best place to enjoy fantastic views of the New River. One of the best observation spots is the Main Overlook, at 1400 feet above the river. You can also see the entire New River Gorge National River, seven miles of the New River and its surrounding watershed and traces of the area’s  history, such as a railway used to ship first coal out of the town of Quinnimont in 1873. Turkey Spur Overlook is another spot with great views. The park’s shady woodland trails are relaxing and not too demanding and are particularly lovely in the spring when Catawba rhododendrons are in full bloom. The park’s  visitor center offers ranger-led talks and hikes. The park is also a home to Theatre West Virginia, featuring  summer outdoor drama presentations.


Coopers Rock State Forest

Located 13 miles from Morgantown,  a 12,747-acre Coopers Rock State Forest provides a great getaway with over 50 miles  of wonderful hiking trails, spectacular views of the canyon the Cheat River cuts through, many historic sites and fascinating cliffs and boulders.  There are many scenic seasonal picnic and camping spots. A six-acre trout pond is located on the north side of the forest. Near the overlook is  Overlook Trading Post that operates from May to October.  The trails through the forest range from very easy to strenuous and offer not only spectacular views but also opportunities to observe different wildlife such as fox, deer, bats, box turtles and many birds such as wild turkey, raptors, ravens and song birds.

Berkeley Springs State Park

Located in the heart of a small touristy town of Berkeley Springs in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley Springs State Park is known for a mineral water spa that has been already popular during colonial times. The warm springs are bubbling up through small sand patches and spilling into a narrow channel and a few large stone pools. The water is constant 74.3 degrees. The park has a Roman bathhouse with full spa services such as massages, baths, showers and saunas.  The kids love playing in the park, catching crayfish and minnows in the springs. There are even small nets for sale to help with the fishing. The park also has an outdoor pool with lifeguards in the summer, a bandstand for summer concerts, an 18th century millstone,  picnic tables, spacious green lawns, and free summer concerts.

Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park is located on 4,127 forested acres surrounding the New River Gorge in Fayette County, West Virginia, about 20 miles from the New River Gorge Bridge. The park is known for its scenic trails surrounded by blooming rhododendron bushes, cool, rock-filled streams, spectacular white-water rafting  and the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully operational replica of the historic Cooper’s Mill. The mill is a living monument to over 500 mills that once operated in West Virginia. The park offers 28 cabins and 52 campsites, boat rental facility, sport courts, 19-acre Boley Lake full of fish, horseback riding and many other recreational facilities.

Hawks Nest State Park

Located near Ansted in West Virginia’s Fayette County, about ten miles from the New River Gorge Bridge, Hawks Nest State Park is a popular 270-acre green area known for its fantastic whitewater rafting and scenic overlook that offers breathtaking views of the New River Gorge River far below.  The park has a nature museum, jet boat rides for those who are not into rafting, aerial tramway, numerous hiking trails and challenging whitewater boating waterways. The 31-room lodge has luxurious accommodation, great restaurants and modern meeting facilities. Below the lodge is the Hawks Nest Lake and above the lake the narrow canyon with fast rushing water.

Tu-Endie-Wei State Park

The name Tu-Endie-Wei is a Wyandotte Indians word that means “point between two waters.” Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is established on four-acre piece of land in downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. The park is popular recreation spot for the locals and its most striking feature is the 84-foot high granite monument erected in 1909 that commemorates the frontiersmen who lost their lives in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant, the First Battle of the Revolutionary War. Another park’s important structure is the Mansion House,  built in 1796 as a tavern. Today it is a museum of its time.


Princeton is a charming small town in Southern West Virginia often called the "Jewel of the South." It grew as the hub of the area’s coal mining and railroads, shipping coal to the big cities in the north. A witnesses to the city’s affluent past are luxury homes in the city’s historic district  such as Dr. James W. Hale House and Dr. Robert B. McNutt House. Mercer County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Virginian Railway Yard Historic District  and the Mercer Street Historic District are also recognized for their historic importance and registered  at the National Register of Historic Places. The city’s cultural hub is the Chuck Mathena Center, with a 1,000-seat theater. The RiffRaff Arts Collective showcases works of local artists. The Mercer County War Museum is "Dedicated to Those Who Served." Glenwood Recreational Park has a beautiful 55-acre lake where locals love to enjoy paddle boats, golf courses, tennis courts and picnics.

Kanawha Falls

Kanawha Falls is located on the Kanawha River near the town of Glen Ferris, in Fayette County, West Virginia. The falls is only about 15 feet high, but very wide and broken into distinct sections. The only way to see the falls  close up is from a boat. You can come a bit closer to the western side of the falls, near an old power plant. This impressive falls  has water year round, unlike most others in West Virginia.  There is a small dam above the falls which diverts water to the power plant, so during the dry summers the falls will not be as wide.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian Trail is an iconic  2,180-mile long public trail that crosses the wild, scenic, forested and wooded Appalachian Mountains. The trail was completed in 1937 by private people, and today is managed by many state agencies and 4,000 volunteers. The trail runs through 14 states along the Appalachian Mountain Range. The popular "thru-hiking,” accomplishing the whole trail in one go, usually starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia, ending at the northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Most hikers are happy to do day or multi-day trips along smaller portions of the trail. Most of the trail is close to urban ‘civilized’ centers, but some portions, like through northern Maine, run for over 100 miles without crossing a paved road.

New River Gorge

The New River Gorge National River was established to protect the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. This protected area is about 53 miles long and it stretches from downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park close to Ansted. New River Gorge is known for the  best whitewater rafting in the country. It is also one of the East Coast most popular climbing areas, with more than 1,400 rock climbs. The most popular cliffs are made up of a hard Nuttall sandstone and are located below the rim of the gorge. What adds to the popularity of the rock for climbers is an abundance of face routes, crack and occasional roofs. The new visitors center offers fantastic views of the gorge and the bridge over New River. A short hiking trail leads down into the gorge on a narrow wooden boardwalk which has two observation decks.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Located near the city of Harpers Ferry and about 50 miles from Washington D.C., where the Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers meet, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park was established in 1963 to protect the area’s historic and natural value.  The park includes the famous historic town of Harpers Ferry, known as the site of John Brown's abolitionist uprising and the center of area’s 19th-century industrial development, as well as the spectacularly beautiful Blue Ridge through which the Potomac river carved the way.  Today the area is very popular tourist attraction and recreation area. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Overlooking Smoke Hole Canyon in the Monongahela National Forest, North Fork Mountain Inn is a charming, rustic bed and breakfast inn that offers a cozy, inviting wilderness experience. Owned by innkeeper, Ed and Carol Fischer, North Fork Mountain Inn provides comfortable log cabin-style accommodations with knotty wood paneling and crackling fireplaces, and a host of amenities, including massages and a hearty, home-cooked breakfast served every morning.

This homely bed and breakfast is ideally located for enjoying the magnificent surroundings of North Fork and is within easy reach of an array of attractions and activities, including Seneca Rocks and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The North Fork Mountain Inn offers a variety of accommodations, ranging from standard guestrooms and luxury suites to spacious cabins. While the guest chambers, suites, and cabins differ in layout and side, all accommodations are beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated with cozy décor and furnishings, en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities.

Guest Rooms feature queen or king-sized beds with luxury linens, plush pillows and down comforters, and en-suite bathrooms with showers and/or bathtubs, fresh towels, and bathrobes, and deluxe bath products. Spacious sitting areas have comfy sofas and armchairs, and some rooms feature gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and access to a private porch with stunning views. Modern amenities include hair dryers, alarm clocks, and a gourmet breakfast for two is included in the rate.

Spacious Luxury Suites can be found in a separate building near the Inn and feature separate bedrooms and living areas with beautiful views. Bedrooms have king-size beds with luxury linens, plush pillows and down comforters, and en-suite bathrooms with oversized showers, whirlpool bathtubs, fresh towels and bathrobes, and deluxe bath products. Lovely sitting areas feature leather recliners and armchairs, gas fireplaces, wet bars, mini-fridges, plasma televisions, microwaves, and coffee makers. Upstairs lofts feature queen-size sleeper sofas, reading lamps and a coffee table and a gourmet breakfast for two is included in the rate.

A cozy one-bedroom cabin features a fully-equipped kitchenette, spacious living area with comfy sofas and armchairs, a bedroom with a king-sized bed in luxury linens, plush pillows and down comforters, and en-suite bathroom with large shower, fresh towels and bathrobes, and deluxe bath products. A gourmet breakfast for two is included in the rate and can be enjoyed at the main inn.

Meals at the North Fork Mountain Inn are freshly prepared and served by the innkeepers, Ed and Carol, ranging from hearty breakfasts, gourmet picnic lunches, and special wine pairing dinners. The Inn prides itself on serving fresh ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine made from locally sourced and organic ingredients and is paired with some of the regions finest wines and craft beers.

Hearty breakfasts include a choice of fresh juices, hot coffee and tea, fresh fruit smoothies, home baked pastries, made-to-order eggs, and omelets, French toast, pancakes, frittatas, bacon, sausage, or ham, and ‘Farmer’s Specials.’

Gourmet picnic lunches (additional fee) can be prepared for guests to take with them on a hike or while exploring the area and include healthy selections such as deli sandwiches, cheeses, meats, finger snacks, fruit and soft drinks. Casual dining is offered at the Inn on Sunday through Friday evenings with a variety of delicious choices paired with fine wines and craft beers. Fridays feature ‘Famous-on-Five Continents’ specials, including BBQ Chicken, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Appalachian Stew, Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad, Hand Cut French Fries, Cole Slaw, and Fresh Fruit Cobbler.

The North Fork Mountain provides a wealth of activities for all ages from horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, rafting, touring caverns, zip lining, relaxing massages or simply enjoying a rocker on the porch. There is also a deck with a hot tub, fire-pit, and beautiful views.

The North Fork Mountain Inn offers a beautiful setting for weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, business meetings, and other special events. The hospitable and friendly innkeepers provide an array of packages for various events, including wedding packages, family reunions specials, business and ministry retreats. The Inn has a separate conference center that can accommodate up to 40 guests for business meetings, corporate strategic planning sessions, and presentations, or special meals.

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Cabins, WV 26855, Phone: 304-257-1108