Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia.
Cross Country Skiing - Over ten miles of park trails can be enjoyed by beginning as well as more experienced cross country skiers. Many of these are groomed and maintained specifically for cross country skiing. A full service cross country ski center offers ski lessons and equipment rental. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.
Sledding - The sledding hill is one-quarter mile l
We're surrounded by 18 miles of trails - in wetlands and northern hardwood forests - as well as open meadows, abundant with wildlife. Choose from a thrilling variety of fun activities … including golf, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. A premier choice among West Virginia resorts, we offer you charming lodging in a picture-perfect setting: More than 3,200 feet above sea level Approximately 3.5 hours west of Mid-Atlantic seaboard cities 38 miles from Elkins-Randolph County Airport (KEKN) 165 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Top Elevation: 4,280 feet
Vertical: 850 feet
Longest Run: 6,000 feet
Skiing Terrain: 37 trails and slopes
Lifts: 1 quad, 2 triple chairs
2 terrain parks and 1 tubing park
Night Skiing: Thursday throught Sunday during prime season and on holidays
Lodging 250-room lodge, 23 cabins
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time and lets you relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven trains. Cass has the world’s largest roster of operating geared steam locomotives.
The Cass Scenic Railroad still runs on the same line built back in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. Many of the locomotives are the same Shays that have been used in Cass for more than a half-century. The passenger cars are old
A peaceful park with a panoramic view now marks the spot where one of West Virginia’s largest and last important battles was fought on November 6, 1863. The decisive victory of Union forces under General William W. Averell over the Confederate army under General John Echols ended serious efforts by the Confederacy to control West Virginia.
Come enjoy the Green Bank Science Center, featuring hands-on exhibits and displays that introduce you to the science of radio astronomy while you play! Discover what radio waves are, how the Green Bank Telescope works, and what radio astronomers have learned about the universe. Admission to the Science Center is free! The Green Bank Science Center is the starting point for your free guided tour of the NRAO site. Browse the Galaxy Gift Shop or grab a bite to eat at the Starlight Cafe before or after your tour. The free guided tour includes educational demonstrations, a film on radio astronomy and a bus tour through the research telescope area. The bus tour includes a final stop at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world!
On Friday March 28, 2008 the historic Chesapeake and Ohio train depot, built in 1907, at Marlinton West Virginia was destroyed in an early morning blaze. The bright yellow depot welcomed thousands of travelers over the last 20 years as it housed the Pocahontas County CVB. Our temporary location is 708 2nd Avenue, only two blocks west of the old depot. Pocahontas County is Nature's Mountain Playground. Home of Cass Scenic Railroad, Snowshoe Mountain, Greenbrier River Trail, Pearl Buck Birthplace, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, trains, horseback riding, fly fishing, camping, outdoor recreation, Bed & Breakfasts, fishing, Elk River, Cranberry Glades, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, wagon rides, cabins, Watoga State Park, Seneca State Forest, Droop Mountain, Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Beartown, museums, motels, Highland Scenic Highway, Monongahela National Forest, motorcycle tours, birding, shopping, civil war history, Staunton/Parkersburg Turnpike, sporting clays, snow tubing, skiing, snowsho
Seneca Rocks, located in Monongahela National Forest, is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia and have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers. The rocks are a magnificent formation rising nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River. Eastern West Virginia contains many such formations of the white/gray Tuscarora quartzite. Seneca Rocks and nearby Champe Rocks are among the most imposing examples. A self-guided 1.3 mile interpretive trail beginning behind the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center offers the non-climber a way to reach the lofty heights of the rocks and view the scenic valley below.
Smoke Hole Caverns magnificent formations are the result of millions of years of intricate processes and trillions of drops of mineral laden water. Water dripping and seeping through the limestone bedrock leaves trace mineral deposits that over millions of years creates the spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, and helectities, flowstone, columns and dazzling multi-colored formations that you will see in the West Virginia Underground.
We are only 3 hours from Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Charleston, WV. We are worlds away - but close to home. Smoke Hole Resort is based 8 miles south of Petersburg, WV, on Highway 55 on the banks of the North Fork of the South Branch River. We are only 10 minutes North of Seneca Rocks on Rt 28/55. Directions
Watoga State Park has 34 cabins: 10 are modern cabins (2 ADA) open year around with stone fireplaces, furnaces and air conditioning; 24 standard cabins, log and stone construction, open last weekend in April to the end of October. The park also has three separate camping areas: Beaver Creek Campground - 38 sites open Memorial Day weekend through deer season; Riverside Campground - 50 sites along the Greenbrier River - open April 1 to October 31. Laurel Run Campground - 12 Primitive sites