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Top Ten Destination Spots in West Virginia

Updated on May 20, 2017

10. Mystery Hole

Located in Ansted, West Virginia,

The Mystery Hole is a tourist spot where balls being rolled uphill and water flows uphill seem impossible.

The Mystery Hole houses different exhibits which are built on angles, making it an optical illusion.

This is a fun place to take the whole family.

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9. Lost World Caverns

The Lost World Caverns are full of stalagmites, stalactites and calcite.

Located in Lewisville, West Virginia, these caverns were discovered in 1942 and at one time were home to the prehistoric cave bear.

This is known due to the cave bear remains that were found in Lost World Caverns.

There is a self-guided tour that is offered along with the more extensive, Wild Cave Tour.

Lost World Caverns

Lost World Caverns, Ice Cream Wall
Lost World Caverns, Ice Cream Wall | Source
Bridal Veil in Lost Caverns
Bridal Veil in Lost Caverns | Source

8. Harpers Ferry

Settled in 1732, Harpers Ferry is a historic national landmark and holds Civil War History.

The Appalachian Trail passes through Harpers Ferry, which is one of the few towns this trail passes through.

Also, The Potomac River is right there. Harpers Ferry also offers boutiques to shop at and eateries to eat at.

If you like History then this is the place for you, it is full of it.

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry | Source

7. Capitol Music Hall

Located in Wheeling, west Virginia, Capitol Music Hall is the largest theater in West Virginia and home to the long running,

live country morning show; Jamboree USA. Jamboree USA was broadcast from 1926-1977 and was the close to the top show watched next to the Grand Ol Opry.

The capitol Music Hall has attracted many country music stars and celebrities.

Johnny Cash singing at the Capitol Music Hall during Jamboree USA

Capitol Music Hall

Capitol Music Hall
Capitol Music Hall | Source

6.Civil War Discovery Trail

This trail takes you back in time, showing you different locations of events that were part of the Civil War.

There are battlefields on this trail; the Rich Mountain Battlefield being one, and The Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park being another.

The Droop Mountain Battlefield was the location of the largest battle in the Civil War.

You can also see the Jackson Mill, which is a historical area and documents Stonewall Jacksons life in West Virginia.

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Droop Mountain Battlefield

Droop Mountain Battlefield
Droop Mountain Battlefield | Source

5. Bear Rock Preserve

Bear Rock Preserve is a beautiful area surrounded by sandstone cliffs and plant life.It is known to be cool and windy making it a good idea to bring something to thrown on to keep you warm.

Because of the windy conditions that are common in this area, the white sandstone has been carved out by the wind over the years. Between the impressive sandstone and the beautiful Red Spruce and Hemlocks, Bear Rock Preserve would be hard to turn down a visit.

Views of the South Potomac River can be seen as well.

You will find blueberry and huckleberry shrubs along with ferns that cover the ground in some areas.

Bear Rock Preserve also houses tundra plants that date back to the ice ages and quartz rocks. This land also includes the Dolly Sods Wilderness.

Dolly Sods home to Bear Rock Preserve

Backpackers at Dolly Sods
Backpackers at Dolly Sods | Source

4.Washington Heritage Trail

This historic trail takes you into the lives in George Washington and his family when they left West Virginia.

This trail houses many homes owned by the Washington’s, along with parks, museums, springs and rivers you can visit.

The Washington Heritage Trail has been named a scenic byway.

Walk the same roads and grounds George Washington and his family walked and learn some history about the first President of the United States of America.

Take a walk on the Washington Heritage Trail

Home of George Washington's Brother, Charles

Home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington
Home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington | Source

3. Stonewall Jackson Lake

Stonewall Jackson Lake is located in Lewis County, West Virginia.

When you visit this lake you will find trails and fishing. Bass is a popular fish at this lake but there are others.

At the lake there is a visitor center you can get information from.

Along the shore of the Stonewall Jackson Lake is the Stonewall Jackson Resort. This resort offers a number of things including; golf, a spa, a fitness center, a marina, campsites and a cruise boat.

Stonewall Jackson Lake

Stonewall Jackson Lake

Stonewall Jackson Lake and Dam
Stonewall Jackson Lake and Dam | Source

2. Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls is absolutely stunning and a must see.

Located on Farm Creek, at Gauley Mountain, Cathedral Falls is located in South West, West Virginia and offers roadside parks with picnic tables in the area.

This is a great place for a nice picnic.

These falls are sixty feet tall and can be seen from the road.

There are other falls that you cannot see from the road.

Visit the gorgeous Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls
Cathedral Falls | Source

1. Appalachian Trail (AMC Trails)

The Appalachian Trail enters West Virginia at Harpers Ferry across a walking bridge over the Potomac.

This trail covers fourteen states and is covered with plant life and wild life. Watch out for black bears, which live amongst other animals in the Appalachians.

This beautiful trail offers spectacular views of these majestic mountains.

The different species of trees splash a variety of color during the fall season.

Harpers Ferry is the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Appalachian Trail, West Virginia

Some of the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia
Some of the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia | Source

Here is a map to help you get around

show route and directions
A markerMystery Hole wv -
Mystery Hole, 16724 Midland Trail, Ansted, WV 25812, USA
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B markerLost World Caverns -
Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg, WV 24901, USA
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C markerHarpers Ferry -
Harpers Ferry, WV, USA
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D markerDolly Sods home to Bear Rock Preserve -
Dolly Sods Wilderness, Dry Fork, WV 26260, USA
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E markerWashington Heritage Trail -
Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway Welcome Center, 229 East Martin Street, Martinsburg,
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F markerStonewall Jackson Lake -
Stonewall Jackson Lake, Courthouse-Collins Settlement, WV 26452, USA
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G markerAppalachian Trail -
Appalachian Trail, WV, USA
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    • John Dove profile image

      John Dove 2 months ago

      Hi April --

      Nice name! My birthday month. My wife and I just returned from a fall foliage trip to WV. It was gorgeous. One highlight of our trip was the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Incredible scenery and unbelievable views. I think I'll have to write a Hub about it.