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Discover West Virginia’s Top 8 Attractions & Hillbillies

If there’s a destination in the world that is strictly for the passionate lovers, you can simply call it Virginia! It is one such destination where you will surely get confused between reality and fantasy. Head to this beautiful country in the United States of America if you want to experience thrilling adventures while holding hands with nature. With rugged mountains, dense forests and gushing rivers, West Virginia is a place full of lovely surprises. Hiking, camping, caving, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, boating, experience everything you wish. Here are some of the attractions in West Virginia that you should never miss during your trip.

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Top 8 attractions in West Virginia

  • Harpers Ferry
  • New River Gorge National River
  • Black Waterfalls State Park
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Seneca Rocks and Monongahela National Forest
  • Snowshoe
  • The Greenbrier
  • Seneca Caverns

Harpers Ferry

Harpers ferry drone view
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What would be your first stop during your trip to West Virginia? A nature trail or an architectural building? Harpers Ferry says “Hold my beer, I have both together”. It is the place where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River at this small West Virginia town. This was also the site of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the United States arsenal in 1859. As you hike through a 20-metre hill, you will be able to witness a museum that exhibits many historical assets and programs, the place is truly one of the top attractions in West Virginia. You can also make it to the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and the Old Cemetry on the hill here. If you badly want to get the views of the town and rivers, go on the Appalachian hike Trail and enjoy tubing in the river.

New River Gorge National River

Did you know that the New River is the oldest rivers on the continent? However, the place got its name due to a back story. As the river flows into West Virginia, it cuts through the Appalachian Plateau, resulting in the New River Gorge. It is one of the top attractions in West Virginia. You can enjoy thrilling activities such as whitewater, tubing, rafting, and canoeing here. Other recreational activities include hiking, ziplining, hunting, fishing, bird-watching, camping, biking, rock climbing and much more.

Black WaterfallS State Park

Waterfalls attractions in West Virginia
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Black Waterfalls got its name for the dark waters of the Blackwater River which is coloured by tannic acid from fallen hemlock. Also, Being intensified by the red spruce needles, Blackwater Falls gets more of a brownish-red colour. While dropping from a magnificent height of 60 feet, this cascading beauty flowing over sandstone ledges is one of the top attractions in West Virginia. As it flows down, it continues to rush through an eight-mile-long gorge. Walk along with the steps and viewing platforms to take in the complete beauty of the place. Also, you will be amazed to know that the falls is accessible throughout the year.

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Whitewater Rafting

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If you are an adventure Junkie, White water Rafting will surely be one of your favourite things to do in West Virginia. It is truly one of the best places to go whitewater rafting on the whole continent. If you are an expert, enjoy high-class rapids. However, beginners can enjoy less experienced and learning rafters activity. Head to the most famous waters that are in the Gauley River, between Summersville and Fayetteville, in the Gauley River National Recreation Area. You will raft through the gushing 25-mile river at high speed through gorges and valleys. Do not miss this as this will be the most thrilling experience of your lifetime.

Seneca Rocks and Monongahela National Forest

This is indeed one of the best natural attractions in West Virginia. With majestic elevations ranging from around 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level, the place is truly a natural wonder. Also, the Monongahela National Forest being the highest point in the state offers beautiful views. Make your way and explore the 900,000 acres. Enjoy photographing this diverse forest ecosystem. You will be able to spot more than 225 bird species, 75 species of trees and 70 fish species here. It is indeed one of the best attractions in West Virginia.


Next in the list of top attractions in West Virginia comes the Snowshoe. Though the name might seem that this attraction can be visited only during winter, this place is ironically a year-round attraction. This resort is best known for skiing, with three separate areas to choose from. With 100 per cent snowmaking, an 800-foot vertical drop makes it a heart-pumping activity to try for sure. The 38 trails of Snowshoe Basin cover all experience levels aided by seven lifts, including a high-speed detachable quad. You can also experience skiing during the night in the 12 of 18 trails of Silver Creek.

The Greenbrier

Head to the Greenbrier that has earned its prestigious designation as a National Historic Landmark for several years. It is located at White Sulphur Springs and has been in use as a natural spa since the 1700s. Also, you will be amused to know that this grand hotel has hosted 26 presidents, foreign dignitaries. In addition to that, it has also hosted royalty, including Prince Rainier, Princess Grace of Monaco, Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Being one of the top historical attractions in West Virginia, this resort was used as a detention centre for German and Japanese diplomats during the war.

Seneca Caverns

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Have you ever been to a naturally formed cave that began its formation 460 million years ago? Isn’t it interesting? Initially, when the cavern’s limestone bed first formed, the Seneca Caverns started originating from nowhere. Later, this cave was used by the native Seneca people as a shelter in the early 1400s. Would you believe that this cave was founded by a local farmer who went in search of his cattle? Yes. found by Laven Teter, one of the largest chambers rising to 60 feet is named Teter Hall in his memory. Take a guided tour to this well-lit place which is safe with cement steps and handrails.

Majestic buildings, architectural grandeur and the scintillating natural assets will never cease to amaze you. West Virginia with all its grace and charm is waiting for you to make your travel tale a top-notch hit. If you are looking for different destinations to travel apart from the most common block-busters, West Virginia is an ideal pick. A trip to this magical land is truly a bliss. The attractions in West Virginia are truly underrated and deserves more attention, right? Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to the United States right away. Now you can connect with us via Whatsapp and plan your dream trip at ease!

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