West Virginia is quite an underrated state, but those who visit find that there are often great things to see and do here. If you’re planning to visit West Virginia in the future, then there are many places to go, things to see and things to do that are worth considering.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet, relaxed trip or want something more adventurous, here are some of the best destinations, attractions, and sights in West Virginia.
If you enjoy visiting small towns, then Harpers Ferry is one of the most beautiful in West Virginia. It’s also home to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where you can discover stunning buildings from the nineteenth century, John Brown’s Fort, a museum dedicated to the abolitionist raid site during the Civil War in 1859, and much more.
Harpers Ferry is located at the crossroads of the Potomac and the Shenandoah, and there is a large overlook known as ‘The Point’ from where you can see both Maryland and Virginia.
You can also stop by the Appalachian Trail Visiting Centre to see the long-distance hiking trail, or purchase antiques at the Gilded Flea Market. Harpers Ferry is also home to the oldest ghost tour in America.
New River Gorge National Park
If you enjoy exploring beautiful nature, rivers, going hiking, or sitting in the sunshine and looking up what to do on your phone or laptop, then New River Gorge National Park is a must visit if you are heading to West Virginia.
This is the newest national park to be designated by the United States National Park Service and there are plenty of historical and natural sites here including the transcontinental Midland Trail, the New River Gorge Bridge, and Sandstone Falls, a hidden waterfall that is one of the most stunning in West Virginia.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort
If you are hoping to take part in winter activities as part of your visit to West Virginia, then it’s worth going to Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort.
The resort is part of Pocahontas County and is one of the best places for winter activities in West Virginia. There are three fantastic skiing areas, over sixty trails, and four bike trails where visitors can take part in a range of fun activities like biking, swimming, snowmobiling, and tubing.
The best part is that you don’t have to visit in the winter as there are lots of great things to do on offer throughout the year.
Monongahela National Forest
Located in the Allegheny Mountains, the Monongahela National Forest is one of the most popular landmarks in West Virginia. It is home to rich wildlife, rivers, and lush green trees.
Here you will find a range of great sites to visit including Spruce Knob, which is the highest point in the state, the Canaan Valley Ski Resort, and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, where visitors can see historical trains from the beginning of the twentieth century and older.
Seneca Creek Falls is one of the most popular and most significant places in the forest; a wonderful natural waterfall that you can climb to get a stunning and unforgettable view of the area after taking the Seneca Creek Trail.
Charles Town in Jefferson County was named for Charles Washington, the brother of President George Washington, whose home was located here. It is best known for the Hollywood Casino located at Charles Town Races, along with the popular Jefferson County Museum, where you can learn all about the rich history of the area.
It’s also got a lot on offer for those who are seeking adventures with hiking, biking, rafting and other nature activities on offer at the River Riders Family Adventure Resort.
Also known as Bird Rock Falls, Cathedral Falls is one of the tallest and most stunning waterfalls in West Virginia. It is named for the natural amphitheater that the water falls into.
It is located around one mile east of Gauley Bridge, in a small roadside park along US Route 60. You can see the waterfall from the road but parking up and going for a short walk to get closer will definitely get you much better views.
Seneca Caverns is one of the karst show caves in West Virginia, and definitely worth a visit. It is located close to Riverton, in the Germany Valley. Back in the 1400s, it was used for ceremonies by the Iroquois tribe, but it has been commercialised since 1930.
The caves are a part of the Appalachian Mountains and have a long history along the great Native trading route, along with being used for shelter and storage.
If you’re planning to visit West Virginia, you will certainly not be disappointed with all the amazing things that you can see and do.