West Virginia Travel Regions
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|West Virginia: New River/Greenbrier Valley: Ourdoor Adventures|
Allegheny Outdoor Center
White Sulphur Springs, (304)536-3590 or (888)PLAY-WVA
Whether it's mountain biking, paddle sports or backpacking, this outfitter offers guides, rentals and transportation.
Originating from the Appalachian Trail near Pine Swamp Ridge, this trail follows the crest of Peters Mountain northeastward, beyond Sweet Springs.
Appalachian Guide Service
White Sulfur Springs, (304)536-2536, (800)899-1546
Fishing, backpacking, canoeing and horseback riding along Anthony Creek and the Williams Cranberry and Greenbrier rivers.
The famous Maine to Georgia footpath follows the crest of Peters Mountain for roughly 12 miles. Monroe and Jefferson counties are the only two West Virginia counties that contain a portion of the trail.
Babcock State Park
Clifftop, (304)438-3003, (304)438-3004, (800)CALL WVA
Glade Creek Grist Mill is located in this beautiful, rugged park bordering the New River Gorge National River. Camping, cabins, fishing and boating are featured.
Babcock State Park Stables
Clifftop, (304)438-3003, (800)CALL WVA
This stable features guided trail rides through the more remote sections of this 4,127-acre park. Pony rides for children.
Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area
This 18,000-acre facility offers swimming, hiking, picnicking, hunting and a 20-acre fishing lake.
Blue Bend Recreation Area
Located on Anthony Creek in the Monongahela National Forest, the area offers rustic camping, hiking, fishing and hunting in a beautiful setting. Interpretive trails offer excellent opportunity for nature study.
Blue Circle Ranch
Guided trail rides, a tack shop and riding lessons throughout the summer.
Bluestone Lake and Wildlife Management Area
The state's third largest lake (2,040 acres) offers excellent boating and warmwater fishing. The adjacent public hunting and fishing area provides 17,632 acres for hunting, camping, hiking and picnicking.
Bluestone National Scenic River
Glen Jean, (304)465-0508
One of the newest additions to the national park system in West Virginia, this area is undeveloped, but accessible for public recreation.
Bluestone State Park
Hinton, (304)466-2805, (800)CALL WVA
Bordering Bluestone Lake, this park offers boat launching facilities, fishing, waterskiing, hiking trails, a fishing pier for the handicapped, year-round cabins and camping.
Bridge Haven Golf Club
This public golf course is open daily year round, weather permitting.
Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek, (304)425-9481,(800)CALL WVA
This recently designated state park offers camping, picnicking, game courts, fishing and hiking. The adjacent forest area provides more than 5,300 acres for hiking, fishing and hunting. Off I-77 and US 19 at Camp Creek.
Cantrell Ultimate Rafting
HC 76 Box 11, Hinton, WV 25951.
Phone: 304/466-0595, 1-800-470-RAFT (7238)
Rivers: New, Greenbrier, Gauley.
Two Locations: Laurel Creek Road,Fayetteville, WV & Rt. 20 By-Pass, Hinton,WV
Horseback riding and whitewater rafting.
Class VI River Runners
P.O. Box 78, Lansing, West Virginia 25862.
Rivers: New, Gauley.
Located: Fayetteville, WV, Lansing Road.
Divealot Scuba Center
This shop specializes in equipment rentals and sales, tours, charters, instruction, underwater cameras, air and hydro testing.
Fayette County Park
Olympic and todder pools, picnic shelters, ballfields, hiking trails and fishing ponds.
Free Spirit Adventures
Lewisburg, (304)645-2093, (800)877-4749
This outfitter serves the full length of the Greenbrier River Trail with bicycle rentals, tours, sales, repairs and accessories.
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Glen Jean, (304)465-0508
Beginning at the Summersville Dam, this national recreation area is accessible for public use. This scenic river is very popular during spring and fall whitewater rafting seasons.
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Monroe County, (540)265-5100
More than 18,000 acres of these forests are located in Monroe County, on Potts and Peters mountains.
Glenwood Recreational Park
A 55-acre lake, miniature golf, picnic shelters, playgrounds, tennis, rowboat and canoe rental are featured. Rt. 20 between Princeton and Bluefield.
Grandview Country Club
This 18-hole public golf course is open daily, March-November.
Grandview Park, New River Gorge National River
Near Beckley, (304)763-3715
Formerly a state park, Grandview is now part of the New River Gorge National River park. At Cliffside Amphitheater, Theatre West Virginia presents the outdoor dramas Hatfields and McCoys and Honey in the Rock, plus other seasonal offerings.
Greenbrier River Camping
Ronceverte, (304)645-2760, (800)775-2203
Guided river, fishing and/or overnight camping trips available on the Greenbrier River.
Greenbrier River Trail
North Caldwell-Cass, (304)799-4087, (800)CALL WVA
This 76-mile former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad grade now serves as a hike, bike and ski trail. Passing through small towns, over 35 bridges and through two tunnels, the trail offers connections with Greenbrier and Seneca state forests and Watoga and Cass Scenic Railroad state parks.
Greenbrier State Forest
Caldwell, (304)536-1944,(800)CALL WVA
Near the famed resort town of White Sulphur Springs and convenient to I-64, this forest features quaint cabins and camping in 5,130 acres of recreational lands, which feature swimming, hiking, picnicking and hunting.
Hanging Rock Observatory
Peters Mountain, (304)772-3003
Situated atop Peters Mountain, the site was once manned as a fire observation post for the Jefferson National Forest. Now used by hawk watchers to observe migrations in the autumn, the 3,812-foot vantage offers an outstanding panorama extending into several counties in West Virginia and Virginia. The observatory is reached via a 40-minute walk along the Allegheny Trail from the mountaintop parking lot along Monroe County Rt.15 between Gap Mills and Waiteville.
Hard Rock Climbing Services
Rock climbing, rappelling instruction, half, full and multi-day trips into New River Gorge and other mountainous West Virginia country.
Hawks Nest State Park
Ansted, (304)658-5212, (800)CALL WVA
Spectacular views of the New River Gorge grace this park, which features a modern, 31-room lodge and an exciting aerial tramway overlooking the gorge.
This 165-acre lake and recreation area offers swimming, hiking, fishing, boating and rustic camping in the Monongahela National Forest.
Moncove Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area
Gap Mills, (304)772-3450
This state park features camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, a playground and a 144-acre lake for boating and fishing. Hunting is permitted in the adjacent wildlife management area.
The Mountain Connection
P.O. Box 12357
Charleston, WV 25302
"Handcrafted outdoor adventures in the mountains"
New River Gorge National River
Glen Jean, (304)465-0508
Flowing north from the Carolinas, one of the oldest rivers in the world has carved a spectacular gorge through the southeastern part of the state. Fifty-three miles of the lower end of this ancient river have been designated as a National River. The New's magnificent scenery and rapids have made it the most popular whitewater river in the East, and the heart of the state's rafting industry. The gorge offers more than 20 miles of cliffs for rock climbing, with more than 700 completed routes and more awaiting exploration. The area offers numerous outfitters, hiking, fishing and other recreational opportunities. The New River Gorge Bridge, second highest bridge in the US and longest steel arch in the world, towers 876 feet above the whitewaters of the New. Just north of Fayetteville, the National Park Service maintains a visitors center with a boardwalk for viewing the bridge. Park Service visitors centers at Thurmond, Grandview and Hinton provide interpretive programs.
New River Llama Trekking Company
Hike or fish first class with llamas! Day, overnight and multi-day guided trips, with llamas carrying the gear. Hike in the New River Gorge, Gauley River Canyon and Monongahela Forest; trout fish along the Cranberry River. Gourmet meals included.
New River Jet Boats, Inc.
Hawks Nest State Park, (304)469-2525, (800)CALL WVA
Whitewater fun without getting wet. Jet boat tours on the scenic New River National River offer unique river views of the New River Gorge and its world famous bridge. Neither reservations nor special clothing are needed.
New River Mountain Guides
Explore nature with guided rock climbing and rappelling. Workshops, sport climbing seminars for beginners to advanced climbers.
New Winterplace Ski Resort
Flat Top, (304)787-3221, (800)607-7669, (800)258-3127 (snow/slope information)
Night skiing, snowboard skiing, children's programs and other family activities at this 24 slope/trail ski resort. Slopeside restaurant and lodging, with mid-week packages available.
1884 Oakhurst Links
White Sulfur Springs, (304)536-1884
Restored for play in 1994, this is the oldest organized golf club in the US. Replica equipment available for a true play from 1884.
Panther State Forest
Panther, (304)938-2252, (800)CALL WVA
Located in the rugged hills along the state's border with Virginia, this 7,810-acre forest offers camping, a group camp, swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing and hunting.
Pinnacle Rock State Park
This day-use park has a picnic shelter, outdoor stone fireplaces and hiking trails, including a rugged stone staircase leading 2,700 feet above sea level to the park's namesake, Pinnacle Rock, offering a panoramic view.
Pipestem Resort State Park and
Pipestem, (304)466-1800,(800)CALL WVA
Perched on the Bluestone Gorge, this year-round southern West Virginia resort's amenities include two lodges, golf courses and swimming pools, horseback riding, tennis, 25 modern cottages, restaurants and camping.
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area
Gentle to steep slopes provide hunting for deer and small game. This area also offers a rifle range, rustic camping, fishing, boat rentals and launching, hiking and picnic areas.
R.D. Bailey Lake and Wildlife Management Area
Justice, (304)664-3229, (304)664-9587
This 630-acre lake provides boating and trout, bass and walleye fishing. Camping is available. The adjacent 17,280-acre area permits hunting and a rifle range.
Ridge Rider Mountain Bikes
Mountain bike rentals, sales, service tours, parts and accessories are available at this outfitter. Special mountain bike tours of the New River Gorge and Bridge.
Scott Hollow Cave
Sinks Grove, (304)772-4249
Recently discovered and still under exploration, this cave contains an underground stream known as the Mystic River. Guided primitive cave tours are available.
Twin Falls Resort State Park
Mullens, (304)294-4000, (800)CALL WVA
The focal point of this park is a challenging 18-hole golf course. Other features include a modern lodge, 13 modern cottages, camping, swimming and an intact 19th century pioneer farm.
New and Gauley Rivers, (304)252-2244, (800)VISIT WV
Each year more than 100,000 people raft the New River on an all-day course that's approximately 15 miles long. Many thousands opt for the best of the best in the fall, the Gauley River. Call for a list of outfitters.
Woods, Water and Wheels
Lewisburg, (304)645-5200, (888)306-5539
All you need to enjoy the outdoors in the New River/Greenbrier Valley. Tours available.