West Virginia Travel Regions
-Wonders of WVA
|West Virginia: New River/Greenbrier Valley: Special Attractions|
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
Former coal miners guide visitors in remodeled mine cars through 1,500 feet of underground passageways in this former working coal mine. A mine museum, gift shop and 17-site campground are also featured. Located next door to the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia.
Big Bend Tunnels and John Henry Statue
At an overlook on WV Rt. 3, a statue commemorates John Henry, the "steel-drivin' man." Visitors can glimpse the twin C&O Railroad tunnels, 6,500 feet long, where Henry reputedly worked in 1873.
Closing a 2,048-foot gap between mountains, this concrete dam rises 165 feet above the stream bed. The dam holds back an average of 2,040 surface acres of water, while the tail waters below challenge fishing and canoeing buffs.
Canyon Rim Visitors Center
Just north of the New River Gorge Bridge, the Canyon Rim Visitor Center offers exhibits and an audiovisual program on the 53-mile long New River Gorge National River. Two overlooks and a 100-foot descending boardwalk afford spectacular views of the bridge and New River Gorge.
This wayside waterfall is actually inside a room carved out by the falling water, a mile and a half east of Gauley Bridge on US Route 60, the Midland Trail.
City Sidetrack Park
Hinton, (304)466-1600, (304)466-3255
Located on Front Street in the historical district, a 267-foot long waterslide is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A large recreation building and dining area are provided.
Glade Creek Grist Mill
One of the most photographed sites in the state, this fully operable mill is a 1976 replica constructed from parts and pieces of several old mills in the state. The basic structure dates from 1890. Visitors may purchase freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour. Located in Babcock State Park.
White Sulphur Springs, (304)536-1110, (800)624-6070
One of the country's premier resorts with world-class dining and accommodations, this National Historic Landmark was founded around the healing springs of White Sulphur, discovered in 1778. The resort's spa, utilizing the sulphur water, today remains one of the most popular attractions of The Greenbrier. Golf, tennis, shopping, swimming and more, nestled in scenic mountain beauty.
Lost World Caverns
Visitors are intrigued by the numerous pedestal-like stalagmites, waterfalls and hex stone formations. The main room at Lost World is 1,000 feet long and nearly 75 feet wide.
Mercer County Professional Baseball
Enjoy minor league baseball with the Bluefield Orioles or the Princeton Devil Rays.
Midland Trail Scenic Highway
Following the route of the James River and Kanawha Turnpike, US 60 offers a curvaceous 120-mile drive from the state capital, over the rim of the New River Gorge, the heart of whitewater rafting country, through the beautifully preserved colonial town of Lewisburg and past White Sulphur Springs, home to one of America's most fashionable resort spas, The Greenbrier.
New River Gorge Bridge
Fayetteville, (304)465-5617, (800)927-0263
Stretching 3,030 feet in length, this is the world's largest single arch span bridge. Rising 876 feet above the New River on US 19, this engineering marvel is also the highest span east of the Mississippi and the second highest in the US. The four-lane bridge contains almost 43 million pounds of structural steel.
Ol' Victorian Riverhouse Restaurant
Visitors love this memory- and antique-filled eatery; the menu includes only the old favorites.
Visited by Thomas Jefferson, Organ Cave is one of the longest caves in the U.S. with over 40 miles of mapped passageways. Open year-round.
Pence Springs Hotel
Pence Springs, (304)445-2606,
The third and present hotel on this site was built in 1918 in the Georgian/Colonial Revival architecture style and was especially popular with train passengers from major cities during Prohibition. From 1947 to 1984, the hotel served as a state prison for women. The hotel now offers 26 rooms, dining facilities, spacious porches and a lounge.
Princeton Raceway Park
Mini-stock, street stock, modified street stock and super stock racing are offered on a 3/8 mile dirt track. In addition, a 1/8 mile dragway features pro, modified, street and motorcycle racing.
Nine miles north of Hinton on New River Road, the largest waterfall on the New River Gorge National River spans the river at 1,500 feet wide with a 25-foot drop. Accessible by a riverwalk.
Swift Level Farm
This 150-acre, 1827 farm, now a bed and breakfast mansion, is for horse lovers, with lots of riding options available.