Welcome to West Virginia
From breathtaking mountain vistas to pastoral valleys, nature is always nearby in West Virginia. Admire mile after mile of unspoiled splendor as you RV through the Mountain State.
Explore West Virginia's diverse regions:
The Potomac Highlands is an unrivaled destination for outdoor adventures. The sheer sandstone face of Seneca Rocks lunges skyward some 1,000 feet.
Three excursion railroads operate in the region, offering rail travel adventures throughout the Mountain State—Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, Cass Scenic Railroad and the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. You'll find arts, crafts and old-time music at Morning Star Folk Arts in Hillsboro. Literature lovers will also find the birthplace of prolific novelist Pearl S. Buck. Her family home is open for tours.
New River/Greenbrier Valley
The New River/Greenbrier Valley of southeastern West Virginia offers breathtaking mountain views, a centuries-old spa legacy, miles of hiking and biking trails and historic towns where coal was once king.
The eye-catching architecture of Tamarack echoes quilt patterns and mountains. More than 1,200 artisans and businesses are represented in this showcase of West Virginia's finest arts and crafts.
Succumb to the pampering at The Greenbrier, a world-renowned spa at White Sulphur Springs. Spa goers enjoy therapeutic baths in the naturally carbonated water.
The eons-old New River takes on the waters of the Greenbrier and plunges into a 1,000-foot-deep gorge where 53 miles of its course are designated the New River Gorge National River. Canyon Rim Visitors Center on U.S. 19 offers stunning views of the gorge and the world's longest single-arch steel bridge spanning it.
The Coal Heritage Trail links Beckley and Bluefield via a string of towns winding past company stores, miners' houses and railroad yards. Tiny Bramwell, home to more than a dozen coal-made millionaires, remains a fairy-tale town of turrets, gables, slate and tile roofs.
The rolling countryside of the northeastern tip will transport you to picturesque towns, elegant inns, spas and fine handcrafts. The town of Harpers Ferry may be livelier today than it was in 1859, when abolitionist John Brown staged his raid on the U.S. Arsenal, setting off a chain of events that resulted in the Civil War. More beautiful than ever, its historic section is maintained as a national historical park and part of the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Charles Town, named for George Washington's brother, exudes 19th-century charm. A walking tour takes you past many historic sites, including the Jefferson County Courthouse, where John Brown was tried for treason.
Mountaineer Country is an intriguing mix of pioneer forts, covered bridges, scenic trails and white water thrills. Of West Virginia's 17 intact 19th-century covered bridges, almost half are in Mountaineer Country. Nationally famous the 285-foot-long Philippi Bridge built in 1852 is the only structure of its kind that is still part of a federal highway. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University. Clarksburg is the birthplace of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and the adopted home of thousands of immigrant laborers who built Italianate and Renaissance-style structures in this town.
Wheeling has long been the hub of the Northern Panhandle. West Virginia Independence Hall, Civil War Discovery Trail, Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Mansion Museum at Oglebay Resort, Centre Market and the rows of Victorian homes make history come alive. Oglebay Resort is a full-service resort that features three golf courses, museums, a zoo, planetarium and nature center.
In Newell, you can tour and shop at the 128-year-old Homer Laughlin China Company, the world's largest manufacturer of dinnerware.
Moundsville is the site of the world's largest Adena burial mound and home to the old West Virginia Penitentiary, a neo-Gothic structure built in 1866.
Southeast of Moundsville at Limestone visit Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, "America's Taj Mahal," where Hare Krishna devotees handcrafted a dazzling array of turrets, domes, inlaid marble surfaces and cut glass chandeliers.
The Mountain Lakes is the heartland of West Virginia, a place of forested mountains, lakes and rivers with the beauty of nature at its unspoiled best. The Mountain Lakes is rich in Civil War history at Stonewall Jackson's boyhood home, Bulltown and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park.
Much of this large region is rural with recreational opportunities never more than minutes away. The gleaming gold of the State Capitol is a beacon for travelers to Charleston. On tree-shaded grounds overlooking the Kanawha River are the State Capitol, Governor's Mansion and the Cultural Center. Weighing in at 65 tons with two-foot thick walls, the Williamson Coal House is the only coalhouse made entirely of coal.
Small towns and countryside dominate the Mid-Ohio Valley. Prime recreational activities include hiking, biking, hunting and fishing. The Ohio River cuts a dramatic path by Parkersburg, encircling restored Blennerhassett Island, the scene of a tragic American love story in the early 1800s. In town, Victorian mansions and museums recall another tumultuous era, the oil and gas boom of the late 19th century. Glass takes center stage at Fenton and crafts are front row in Ripley.