WEST VIRGINIA ATTRACTIONS

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, (304) 256-1747
Former coal miners guide visitors in remodeled mine cars through 1,500 feet of underground passageways in this former working coal mine.

Big Bend Tunnels and John Henry Statue, Talcott
At an overlook on West Virginia Route 3, a statue commemorates John Henry, the "steel-drivin’ man."

Bluefield Area Arts and Science Center, Bluefield (304) 325-8000

Built in 1924, this Neo-Classical building is now home to a visual art gallery, science center, restaurant, theater, and the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bluefield Historic District, Bluefield (304) 325-8438
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the "Capital" of the southern West Virginia coal fields features historic Victorian architecture.
Self-guided walking tour.

Bluestone Dam, Hinton (304) 466-1234
The dam holds back an average of 2,040 surface acres of water, while the tail waters below challenge fishing and canoeing buffs.

Bluestone Museum, Hinton (304) 466-1454 or (304) 466-3596
This museum specializes in mounted wildlife and
Native American artifacts.

graphicBluestone State Park, Hinton, 1-800-CALLWVA
Offers cabins, a campground, and an outdoor pool with the beautiful Bluestone Lake as its centerpiece.

Bramwell Historic District, Bramwell (304) 248-7114 (weekdays)
Bramwell offers self-guided walking tours and prearranged group tours as well as spring and Christmas home tours.

Buddy’s Country Store & Museum, Bluewell (304) 589-5659
Open May-September by appointment only.
Coal Camp House depiction, with thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

Camp Creek State Park, Camp Creek, 1-800-CALLWVA
A 500-acre getaway with 25 modern and 12 rustic campsites, game courts, playgrounds, picnic facilities and hiking trails.

Camp Washington-Carver, Clifftop, (304) 438-3005 or (304) 438-3006
This cultural center preserves mountain heritage, folklore and arts with a dinner theater series, concerts and festivals.

Canyon Rim Visitors Center, Lansing (304) 574-2115
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.

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg (304) 645-7917
A regional arts and education center offering a year-round concert series of live classical, folk and modern performances in this historic building.

Caverns, 1-800-CALLWVA
Among the approximately 100 caves that have been named in the Greenbrier Valley are Scott Hollow Cave, discovered in 1984 and still in its original condition; Lost World Caverns, a registered natural landmark; and Organ Cave, one of the oldest explored caves in the region.

Coal House, White Sulphur Springs (304) 536-3288
One of three known structures in the world made of coal, the Coal House currently houses a gift shop.

Contentment (Colonel George Imboden House), Ansted (304) 574-3354
Built in 1830, this house was purchased in 1872 by Colonel George Imboden, who served on the staff of General Robert E. Lee.

Cooper Gallery, Lewisburg (304) 645-6439
Fine art, sculpture, photography and regional art furniture dazzle the eyes at this gallery.

Court Street Gallery, Fayetteville (304) 574-9010
Paintings, pottery, sculpture by West Virginia artists are featured.

Eastern Regional Coal Archives, Bluefield (304) 325-3943
A part of Craft Memorial Library, this resource center highlights the history of the state’s southern coal fields.

East River Mountain Overlook, Bluefield (304) 327-2401
Located at the top of East River Mountain at an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level, this attraction provides a breathtaking view of the city of Bluefield and East River Mountain.

Fgraphicayetteville Ghost Tours, Fayetteville (304) 256-TOUR
Discover the ghosts of Fayetteville past, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m.

Fayetteville Walking Tour, Fayetteville (304) 574-0890
Tour Civil War sites Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m.

Gallery 1897, Lewisburg (304) 645-1656
Located in a recently restored building noted for its fine architecture, this gallery emphasizes original works by local artists.

General Lewis Inn, Lewisburg (304) 645-2600 or 1-800-628-4454
A charming, antique-filled country inn, c. 1834.

Glade Creek Grist Mill, Clifftop (304) 438-3003
One of the most photographed sites in West Virginia, this fully operable mill is a 1976 replica constructed from parts and pieces of several old mills in the state.

Graham House, Lowell (304) 466-5502 or (304) 466-3321
Built in 1770, one of the oldest homes in West Virginia, the house represents the lifestyle of wealthy gentlemen on the Virginia frontier. Now a museum.

Greenbrier River Trail, 1-800-CALLWVA Hikers and bikers take to this 76-mile trail along the Greenbrier River, which features several lovely bridges and tunnels.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg (304) 645-3838
Live performances are presented Friday-Sunday mid-June through early August.

Hank Williams Sr. Memorial Bridge, Spanishburg (304) 487-0259
This is where Hank Williams Sr. crossed shortly before his death on the night of December 31, 1952.

Hawks Nest State Park Museum, Ansted (304) 658-5212
Built in the early 1930s, the rustic building that houses this museum offers a spectacular view of the New River Gorge.

Herns Mill Covered Bridge, Lewisburg
This 54-foot long bridge was built over Milligan Creek in 1884.

Hinton National Historic District, Hinton (304) 466-5420
Hinton was added to the National Register in 1984.

The architecturally diverse district boasts 200 historic structures.

Hinton Railroad Museum and John Henry Woodcarving Exhibit, Hinton
Ride the rails back in time at this museum featuring rolling stock and artifacts from the days of the C&O Railroad boom.

Hinton Visitors Center, Hinton (304) 466-0417
Located at the beginning of the New River Gorge National River, this center offers an introduction to the history of the river.

Historic Fayette Theatre, Fayetteville (304) 574-4840
Drama and music of the region are presented Thursday through Sunday evenings throughout the summer, and weekends in the fall.

Hokes Mill Covered Bridge, Ronceverte
More than 81 feet long, this bridge over Second Creek was constructed in the late 1890s for $700.

Indian Creek Covered Bridge, Salt Sulphur Springs
Built in 1903, the bridge is just under 50 feet long and cost $400. It was restored in 1965.

graphicJohn A. North House Museum, Lewisburg(304) 645-3398
Built c. 1820, then sold to James Frazier in 1830, the house became a popular tavern. Now a museum noted for its unusually fine architectural detail.

Laurel Creek Covered Bridge, Lillydale At little more than 24 feet long, the smallest covered span in West Virginia was built in 1911 for $365.

Lewisburg Ghost Tours, Lewisburg (304) 256-TOUR
The Greenbrier Ghost and others tell their stories. The history begins at the General Lewis Inn, 7:00 and 9:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, mid-September through October 30.

Lewisburg Historic District, Lewisburg (304) 645-1000 or 1-800-833-2068
Dating from the 18th century, the main historic district of this quaint town covers 236 acres with more than 70 buildings of historic or architectural significance.

McClung’s Mill, Zenith (304) 772-5441
The mill was used almost continuously for the grinding of grain through the late 1960s.

Midland Trail Gallery, Lookout (304) 438-8649
Original still lifes, landscapes of West Virginia scenes, lithographs, sculpture, porcelain and stoneware pottery, all made in the area, are featured in this gallery near Babcock State Park.

New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville (304) 465-5617 or (304) 927-0263
Stretching 3,030 feet in length, this is the world’s largest single arch span bridge.

Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg (304) 645-2676
The oldest church in continuous use west of the Alleghenies, this two-story native limestone structure was built in 1796 and features an old slave gallery.

Outdoor Dramas at Grandview, near Beckley (304) 256-6800 or 1-800-666-9142
At Cliffside Amphitheater, Theatre West Virginia presents the outdoor dramas Hatfields and McCoys and Honey in the Rock, and other seasonal offerings.

Pence Springs Hotel, Pence Springs (304) 445-2606 or 1-800-826-1829
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.

Pipestem State Park, Pipestem (304) 466-1800 or 1-800-CALLWVA
An aerial tram takes visitors into the gorge for fine dining. Featuring cottages, campsites, lodges, riding stables, indoor and outdoor pools, a nature center, outdoor amphitheater, gift shops, restaurants, golf and 4,000 acres of scenic plateau and a gorge.

President’s Cottage, White Sulphur Springs (304) 536-1110, ext. 7314
Five pre-Civil War presidents vacationed here. In 1932, the cottage became a museum depicting 200 years of The Greenbrier Resort’s history.

Princeton Raceway Park, Princeton (304) 425-9429
Clay, oval speedway (4/10 mile) is open April to October. Races begin Saturday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Rehoboth Church, Union
Circa 1785, this log church is the oldest church building in existence west of the Alleghenies and once served as a fort against Indian attacks.

Salt Sulphur Springs, Salt Sulphur Springs
Came into existence as a mineral spring resort in 1797. Remaining stone buildings include a wing of the hotel, the bath house, spring house, church and general store.

Sandstone Falls, Hinton
The largest waterfall on the New River Gorge National River spans the river at 1,500 feet wide with a 25-foot drop.

Saunders One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, Lowell (304) 466-3321, 466-2117
Filled with reminders of days gone by, from pot-bellied stove to the old hickory stick.

Science Center of West Virginia, Bluefield (304) 325-8855
West Virginia’s first science center features hands-on exhibits and programs on electricity and magnetism, light, optics, paleontology, computer technology and more.

The Springs Trail, Monroe County (304) 772-3003
A self-guided tour of the historic mineral springs resort of Monroe, Greenbrier and Summers Counties.

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Beckley (304) 256-6843, 1-88TAMARACK
A world-class showcase for the state’s culture, history and cuisine featuring a wide selection of West Virginia-made crafts, arts and agricultural products. In addition to the large retail area, the center has a 200- seat theater, an art gallery and a restaurant.

graphicTate Lohr Fish Hatchery, Oakvale (304) 898-3221
State trout rearing station. Open for tours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. No admission charge.

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs (304) 536-1110 or 1-800-624-6070
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 Legends of Golf Trail, 1-800-CALLWVA
Three of the trail’s six courses are only a short drive from Four Seasons Country. With the purchase of a $60 West Virginia Golf Association card, you can play these and more than 100 other courses in West Virginia and Virginia.

Vietnam Memorial, Princeton (304) 589-3435 or (304) 384-7547
Memorial lists Vietnam Vets of eight surrounding counties, including Bland, Giles, Tazewell, and Wythe in Virginia and Mercer, Monroe, McDowell and Summers in West Virginia.

Wakerobin Gallery, Forest Hill (304) 466-2053
Quality handcrafted items at this gallery include pottery, paintings, baskets, weavings, wooden toys, stained glass, herbs, iron work, blown glass, hammocks.

Walking Tour of Historic Union, Union (304) 772-3003
Self-guided tour includes 47 listings of homes and structures dating from the early 1800s onward. Union, two associated cemeteries and some of the surrounding farm lands are listed as a National Register District.

War Museum, Princeton (304) 487-8397
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. "Dedicated to Those Who Served." Displays from the Civil War through the Vietnam War.

Whitewater Rafting, 1-800-CALLWVA
West Virginia has been recognized for over 30 years as the destination for the most challenging whitewater in the East. More than 25 rafting companies operate in the state. Offering services and packages from basic to ultra-luxurious, with levels that range from a leisurely float through river mist to seriously demanding rapids for skilled and seasoned paddlers.

Wildwood (General Alfred Beckley House), Beckley (304) 256-1747
The Civil War general, founder of Raleigh County and Beckley, built this home in 1836. Originally constructed of logs, the two-story home was enlarged and covered in clapboard around 1850.

Wiley Cabin & Museum, Princeton (304) 425-8536
This circa 1932 cabin was originally built by John Robert Wiley and has now been relocated to the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce lot on the Oakvale Road.

Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent (304) 787-3221
Twenty-seven trails, a snowboard park and a ten-lane snowtubing park with three lifts. Trails range from beginner to expert. Open seven days a week from early December to late March.

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley (304) 252-3730
The museum’s new addition, Heritage Center, features a mountain homestead, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, loom room and frontier garden. A planetarium, hands-on science room and changing participatory exhibits are also offered.

 

VIRGINIA ATTRACTIONS

Appalachian Trail, 1-800-446-9670
Crossing the highest peak of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Highlands Region.

Barter Theatre, Abingdon (276) 628-3991
The state theatre of Virginia offers year-round professional theatre at its best.

Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks 1-800-982-5122
Sometimes called the "Grand Canyon of the South," this park on the Kentucky-Virginia border features the largest canyon east of the Mississippi—five miles long, 1,600 feet deep and 250 million years old.

Burke’s Garden
This area is Virginia’s largest rural Historical District and National Landmark. This mountain-rimmed bowl is approximately 10 miles in diameter and filled with some of the most fertile farmland in the state.

graphicCavitt’s Creek Park and Lake Jack Witten Recreational Area, Tazewell (276) 988-7250
Camping, shelters, fishing and hiking are available on this 100-acre site.

Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin (276) 674-5492
Located on 4,500-acre, 21-mile long Claytor Lake, the park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts.

Clinch River Walking Trail, Richlands (276) 963-3385
A picturesque one-mile walking trail meandering along the beautiful Clinch River.

Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park, Tazewell (276) 988-6755
The region’s most comprehensive historical museum includes log homes, a modern museum gallery, horse drawn equipment and early automobiles, regional crafts, food products and art.

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail, 1-888-798-2386
One of the nation’s most historic routes, this trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775 from what is now Kingsport, Tennessee through the Cumberland Gap of Virginia and into Kentucky.

Dye’s Vineyard, Honaker (276) 873-4659
Russell County’s oldest winery. Open 1-9 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays.

Heart of Appalachia Bike Route and Scenic Drive, 1-888-798-2386
This 128-mile route extends from Burke’s Garden in Tazewell County to the Guest River Gorge in Wise County.

Higginbotham House Museum, Tazewell (276) 988-3800
Private museum featuring heirlooms, antiques and artifacts covering 5,000 years.

Historic Grist Mill, Cedar Bluff (276) 964-9691
Listed on both the Virginia Historic Register and National Register of Historic Places. Open Fridays and Saturdays 5-9 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m.

Hungry Mother State Park, Marion 1-800-933-PARK
This park has swimming, camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals, hiking, a conference center, fishing, restaurant, gift shop, interpretive programs, shelters, amphitheater, and visitor center.

New River Trail State Park, Foster Falls (276) 699-6778, Cliffview (276) 236-8889
This park parallels 39 miles of the New River, the second oldest river in the world and one of the few flowing north. Two campgrounds are available in the park.

graphicPiedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers,
PO Box 4423, Greensboro, NC 27404
PATH is a nonprofit trail club that maintains a 58-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. PATH sponsors day hikes and backpacking trips for members and others who might be interested in learning more about trails, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

Pocahontas Exhibition Mine and Museum, Pocahontas (276) 945-2134
The world’s first show mine features a 13-feet tall coal seam. Open April to October, seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Richlands Historic Walking Tour, Richlands (276) 963-3385
Step back in time to explore the historic places in beautiful downtown Richlands. Self-guided.

Sanders House Center, Bluefield
1890’s home and farm being refurbished into visitors’ center, railroad/coal heritage museum, and site for tours, classes, exhibits, recitals, etc.

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville (276) 223-0891
Featuring a 200-seat arena, the theatre presents Broadway-style professional productions year-round.

Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum, Bastian (276) 688-3438
A primitive village built to duplicate archaeological records of a village carbon dated 1215 with guides in primitive dress demonstrating the skills needed to exist in those times.

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