This week we are taking a tour of West Virginia, otherwise known as the “Moutain State.” West Virginia got its nickname for obvious reasons — being apart of the Appalachian Mountain system, the state is filled with hills and mountains, some of which we will be exploring today! West Virginia, which is wildly known for its natural beauty, is considered one of the more scenic states. So come along as we explore the great outdoors (and some indoors, too) of West Virginia.
First, we will visit the capital, Charleston, right in the heart of West Virginia. While West Virginia is known for nature, Charleston gives guests the opportunity to learn more about the state’s history, as well as enjoy the city life. Speaking of history, the West Virginia State Museum is a must-see! Here you can learn about the early years of the state, starting with the Native American’s who hunted throughout West Virginia way before it was actually a state. You will also learn more about World War I and the beginning of the coal industry, and how that all lead us to where we are today. When you’re done learning about the history of West Virginia, dive headfirst into the culture at the Capitol Market. Located in former railroad trainyards, the market features a seasonal farmers market outside by local farmers and year-round shopping from other local shops. Here you will find some of the best produce, honey, plants, and even homemade dishware! The best part is, you know you will be supporting a local business.
Alongside the banks of the Monogahela River is Morgantown, the home of West Virginia University. While this is a college town, there is still plenty to do and see here, so don’t let that scare you off! If you are visiting during the warmer months, the Earl L. Core Arboretum is a must! The 91-acre garden was established in 1948 by Earl L. Core, a professor at the university. The garden is now owned and ran by the university, but is open to the public daily! Along with amazing flowers, the arboretum also features hiking trails and many park benches for guests to sit, relax, and just enjoy nature. After enjoying what nature has to offer, head into town, and stop at one of the many breweries in Morgantown. With over ten breweries to choose from, you have plenty of options to try! Be sure to ask which ones offer tours so you can get an in-depth look to see how some of your favorite brews are made!
At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Huntington, known for their parks and escape into the peacefulness of nature. Harris Riverfront Park is the perfect location to let your mind escape into nature. With breathtaking views of the Ohio River, guests can walk along the trails located throughout the park, have a picnic alongside the river, or even enjoy the amphitheater that hosts live shows and concerts during the summer! Visit what locals refer to as “The Heart of the City” and park officials have named “Crown Jewel,” Ritter Park. With over 75-acres of the park to enjoy, visitors have the option of walking trails, recreational amenities, tennis courts, award-winning gardens, and a dog park for your furry friends!
Whether you’re an avid hiker, or just like to do it for fun, West Virginia is known as an “outdoor paradise” so you are sure to find some great trails! Take a trip to Spruce Knob, the state’s highest peak at 4,863 feet high, with an observation tower for some pretty incredible views. Coopers Rock State Forest has more than 50 miles of trails through the vast forest, all leading to some of the best views in the state. For our more experienced climbers, check out the Endless Wall Trail, named after the rock cliffs that line the gorge that provides breathtaking views of the water. Just be sure to pack your camera for the hikes, as they all lead to breathtaking views that you won’t want to forget!
We hope you enjoyed your trip around West Virginia. If you are planning a trip, we hope we inspired you to stop at some of the places mentioned. If you have been to West Virginia before and have a few recommendations of your own, don’t be afraid to share them with us, we would love to hear all about them. Head over to our Frame Designer to start creating your frames so you can display all your great photos and always remember your trip!