Travel to West Virginia and start with a visit to Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia. Theatre West Virginia presentation of the outdoor dramas “Hatfield & McCoys” or “Honey in the Rock” with a picnic dinner will conclude your first day.
The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley provides an excellent tour of a former working coal mine. Ride underground and hear the stories of the early coal miners and equipment used. After surfacing, tour the coal mine’s Superintendent’s resident, company homes, community church and the Rahall Company Store. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is where the Civil War Battle of 1861 took place. While there, visit the overlook of the Gauley River Canyon. Lunch will be with a view at Hawks Nest State Park. Then a tram ride down to the New River and the “Miss M Rocks” jet boat. The jet boat will take you under the world famous New River Gorge Bridge. A shopping stop at Blue Smoke Salsa will fulfill everyone’s needs for gifts to take home. The Canyon Rim Visitors Center shows how the New River Gorge Bridge was made of steel and in the form of an arch. The Center’s overlook offers a wonderful photo opportunity to show where your jet boat ride took you. Karen Vuranch will perform “Coal Camp Memories” in Tamarack’s theatre this evening. This one-act, one-woman play will reveal life in a coal camp.
First stop will be the Hinton Railroad Museum. The museum reveals a wealth of railway history and the town of Hinton, once owned by the railroad makes a great walking tour. Re-enter the Cold War by exploring the Bunker at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. Historic Lewisburg provides a dream location for antique shopping and fine dining. A performance by the Greenbrier Valley Theater will bring everyone to their feet in appreciation.
Now for the adventure…today is a day of choices, rafting on the New River, ATV riding on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, golfing on one of Southern West Virginia’s championship golf courses or more exploring of the area’s coal heritage. Dinner will be a Smokey’s on the Gorge, looking out at the New River Bridge.
Depart for home with the memories of a life-time and begin planning your next trip to Wild and Wonderful, West Virginia.