Mountaineer Country Region
Animal Places and Animal Faces
Stay overnight at Beaver Creek Village near Big Bear Lake and spend the morning in Bearfoot Springs, which features water slides, a lazy river and a kid’s play area. In the afternoon, see over 30 species of native and exotic animals at Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo in Kingwood. Visitors can feed over half the animals and take pictures with baby animals when available. In the evening, head back to the lake and enjoy the expanse of wildflowers and wildlife on the trails, or if you’re visiting on the weekend, country bands play for County Western dances on Saturday nights, May through October.
For hunters young and old, Circle H Outfitters offers the opportunity to go bay and off-shore fishing for trophy size fish, traverse the land for goose and duck or go on a guided hunt for trophy deer and turkey. For the members of the family who aren’t into this type of sport, the area has many other West Virginia attractions to see and do. A visit to Coopers Rock State Forest is a must-see for the scenic overlooks of the park’s gorge and surrounding horizons. Travel to Cool Springs Park for a lunch of buckwheat cakes and foot-long hotdogs, plus explore a large water wheel, antique farm, and find unusual animals. Next, see soldiers in full uniform surrounded by their native settings at the Greatest Generation WWII Museum in Rowlesburg. For the evening, travel to Chestnut Ridge Park to see a scheduled show from the Annual West Virginia Mountain Music Concert Series or go pattleboating on Big Bear Lake.
Take a day to visit Morgantown, home of West Virginia University’s mountaineers. At the Wow! Factory paint your own pottery, design jewelry or create a mosaic. After you’ve proven your skills as an artist, reward your efforts at Pinocchio’s Books and Toys, which has a wide selection of children’s games and items. Spend the rest of the afternoon at Marilla Park, which has two water slides, a baseball field, skate park, and tennis and basketball courts. End your trip on the Monongahela River with the Adventures on Magic River program where you can have a sunset kayak tour.