West Virginia

Outdoor adventure abounds in the Mountain State. From whitewater rafting on the Cheat, New and Gauley rivers to hiking the state parks dotting the state, there are opportunities for all ages and activity levels. The state’s streams and rivers draw fisherman, while the state’s lush forests attract leaf peepers once the season begins to change each autumn. Those looking for history will find it along the state’s Civil War Trail or in the National Coal Heritage Area that tells the story of an industry that shaped the state.

Coopers Rock State Forest in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia (photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Natural Resources)

Take in the beauty of the Cheat River Gorge and its seemingly unending canopy of green in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia (photo courtesy of destination)

Explore the legend of the Mothman at this fun storefront museum in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Archive of the Afterlife: The National Museum of the Paranormal in Cameron, West Virginia (photo courtesy of destination)

The collection of oddities at this home museum in Cameron, West Virginia, includes a number of haunted objects from paranormal investigations. 

New River Gorge Bridge Walk in Lansing, West Virginia (photo courtesy of destination)

Get an adrenaline rush by taking a walk on a 1,000-foot-long catwalk that runs 876 feet above the New River in Lansing, West Virginia

Visit the Mountain State for surreal nature views, from Davis’ Blackwater Falls to Lansing’s New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. No matter the season, these 10 outdoor destinations are sure to take your breath away.

From the place where Harland Sanders perfected his fried chicken to an examination of West Virginia’s famous cryptid, these unusual museums offer a perfect pit stop.