Find Your Wild and Wonderful in West Virginia
After a long, cold winter, nothing invigorates, renews and restores like a springtime visit to West Virginia. The Mountain State is perhaps most beautiful when in full bloom, and the perfect cure for spring fever.
West Virginia’s rugged and rolling landscape awakening in spring provides a breathtaking backdrop for unforgettable outdoor adventure. Whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling and caving are available in abundance. Over 375 miles of train tracks have been converted into trails for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The rail trails (30 in all), with their gentle or level grades and wide rights of way, are easily accessible and are among the most stunning and scenic in the country.
The same rivers that carve West Virginia’s gorges also provide outstanding fishing and boating. With its year-round fishing season, including an open season for trout, as well as more than 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes, West Virginia provides anglers with a variety of fishing experiences.
There is also plenty of fun to be had on the water in West Virginia in spring. The Ohio and Kanawha rivers are popular for owners of pleasure boats, fishing boats and personal watercraft. Several of the state’s lakes provide wonderful boating opportunities, including Bluestone Lake in Summers County, Burnsville Lake in Braxton County, Stonewall Jackson Lake in Lewis County, Sutton Lake in Braxton County and Summersville Lake in Nicholas County.
If you’d rather swing a club than cast a line, you’ll find West Virginia to be a fantastic golfing destination. In fact, the Mountain State has the distinction of having the first golf club established in the United States (Oakhurst Links). Today, there are more than 100 courses in West Virginia.
West Virginia may provide endless outdoor adventure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful place to relax. The state’s renowned spas are a wonderful way to soak away your stress in a hot mineral springs bath and enjoy a host of treatments provided by certified and trained professionals. Swedish massage, saunas, European facials, manicures, pedicures, mud and herbal wraps make for euphoric and relaxing ways to refresh winter-hardened skin.
West Virginia’s hospitality is legendary, and after one overnight visit, you’ll understand completely. Experience luxury at an upscale resort, or sleep under the stars along a swift-moving stream at parks or campgrounds. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast in a charming B&B or rent a cozy cabin nestled deep within our towering forests.
Whether you prefer relaxation or exhilaration, the outdoor recreation capital of the east offers spring and summer adventure that will suit you perfectly. Are shopping and dining more your taste? Come enjoy some truly unique shopping and a culinary destination that is a complete departure. And when it comes to arts and entertainment, the Mountain State holds many surprises, from world-class venues and major productions to small-town acts that remain true to age-old mountain traditions. Why not plan your escape today?
West Virginia Highlights
- Beautiful autumn foliage in a state that is over 80% forested
- Train rides through the lush green mountains
- Great rock climbing at Seneca Rocks
- The Highland Scenic Highway—a two-lane road that hugs the mountains as you wind through the Potomac Highlands
- Canopy tours with fantastic views of bird and squirrel nests
- Watching parachute jumpers from high on top of the New River Gorge Bridge, 876 feet above the New River, on Bridge Day.
Dont leave without tasting...
West Virginia mountain trout and/or the fried green tomato sandwich at Tamarack.
History happened here
- Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
- West Virginia Independence Hall
- Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
- The Greenbrier Bunker
- Philippi Bridge.
Just want to indulge?
Then visit DeFluris Fine Chocolates in Martinsburg and Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier in Vienna.
Made in the state
- Fiestaware at Homer Laughlin China (in Newell)
- Marbles at Marble King (Paden City)
- Charcoal at Kingsford (Parsons)
- Hand-blown glass at Blenko Glass Company (Milton) and Appalachian Glass (Weston)
- Many artisanal crafts and products—including pottery, food, fabric and more—at Tamarack.
You name it, West Virginia has it: whitewater rafting, ziplining, canopy tours, TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park, mountain biking, skiing, abseiling and the New River Gorge Bridge Walk.
The world’s largest steerable telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Top photo opportunities
- Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park
- New River Gorge Bridge
- Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
- Bissonnette Gardens at Oglebay Resort
- Waterfalls at Blackwater Falls State Park.
Want to stay up late?
Take a late-night ghost tour at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum!
You might be surprised by...
The Greenbrier Resort, which has been welcoming guests from around the world for over 200 years and offers more than 50 activities.