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West Virginia: Potomac Highlands: Outdoor Adventures
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Adventure Quest
Capon Bridge, (304)856-2474
Confidence-building camping and challenge course taught by trained professionals.

Allegheny Outfitters
Arbovale, (304)456-4061; Snowshoe, (304)572-5142
These outfitters offer one- or multi-day horseback, hunting or fishing trips.

American Discovery Trail
WV Trails Coalition, (304)755-4878
A section of this 6,000 mile, transcontinental trail runs through the Potomac Highlands, Mountaineer Country and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Appalachian Fly Fishing and Guide Service
Pickens, (304)924-5855
Fly tying and fly fishing classes, custom rod building classes.

Beartown State Park
Droop, (304)653-4254
Wind and rain have eroded the deep crevices and rock walls of this wild and remote hilltop in an eerie fashion.

Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, (304)259-5216, (800)CALL-WVA
Plunging from a height of five stories, the Blackwater River cuts a deep canyon that dominates this beautiful, densely wooded park. A 55-room lodge perched on the canyon rim, 25 cabins and a 65-site campground offer year-round accommodations.

Blackwater Falls State Park
Davis, (304)259-5216, (800)CALL WVA
Plunging from a height of five stories, the Blackwater River cuts a deep canyon that dominates this beautiful, densely wooded park. A 55-room lodge perched on the canyon rim, 25 cabins and a 65-site campground offer year-round accommodations.

Breezeway Stable
Davis, (304)259-5601
In-season guided trail rides in Blackwater Falls State Park.

Calvin Price State Forest
Marlinton, (304)799-4087
Adjacent to Watoga State Park, this undeveloped forest offers hiking, fishing and hunting opportunities on 9,482 acres.

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Davis, (304)637-7321
The nation's 500th wildlife refuge, designated in 1994. More than 746 acres managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Seasonal interpretive hikes.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Conference Center
Davis, (304)866-4121, (800)622-4121, (800)CALL WVA
The first state-operated ski area is nestled in a unique mountain valley with 21 trails and a top elevation of 4,280 feet. You'll find a four-season, 250-room lodge, 23 fully-equipped cottages, camping, 18-hole championship golf course, and more.

CMI Extreme Sports
Franklin, (304)358-7041
Biking, caving, climbing. Sales and service. Guided trips and classes.

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center
Mill Point, (304)653-4826, (304)846-2695
This unique area encompasses four bogs, with rare plant and animal life similar to Canada's. The adjacent Cranberry Wilderness includes 35,600 acres ideal for hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing.

Dolly Llama Trekking Company
Canaan Valley, (304)866-4359
Day and overnight trips into the National Forest with llamas carrying the load? Reservations required.

Dolly Sods Wilderness
Red Creek, (304)257-4488
More than 10,200 acres of the Monongahela National Forest lie on a high plateau on Allegheny Mountain, exhibiting climate and plant life similar to Canada's. Bogs, beaver ponds, streams, camping and 25 miles of hiking trails.

Eagle's Nest Outfitters
Petersburg, (304)257-2393
Canoe and fishing trips, guided day and overnight trips, shuttle service.

Elkins Bikeworks
Elkins, (304)636-9670
Guided tours, equipment, repairs, sales and information about annual racing events.

Elk Mountain Outfitters
Snowshoe, (304)572-3000
Fly fishing schools and other fishing opportunities, bike rentals and repairs, guided tours.

Elk River Touring Center
Slatyfork, (304)572-3771
Off-road mountain bike/cross country ski tours, including the Greenbrier River Trail, historic Cass and Cranberry back country. Inn to inn tours, two to six day tours, instruction, rentals and equipment. Restaurant, lodging and camping available.

Elk River Trout Ranch
Monterville, (304)339-6455
Rustic cabins, tents and equipped camp sites. Guided fishing trips and "fish for fun."

George Washington National Forest
Lee Ranger District (Edinburg, Va.), (703)984-4101; Dry River Ranger District (Bridgewater, Va.), (703)828-2591
Nearly 100,000 acres of this forest are located in Hardy and Pendleton counties. Brandywine, Trout Pond and Wolf Gap recreation areas offer camping, fishing, hiking and other recreation.

Greenbrier River Trail
North Caldwell-Cass, (304)799-4087, (800)CALL WVA, (800)336-7009
This 76-mile former C&O 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.

Ice Mountain
Slanesville, (304)345-4350
The unique configuration of the terrain here keeps ice on the mountain year round. Unusual vegetation, breathtaking views. Free guided tours, March-October, third Thursday and second Saturday of the month.

Jennings Randolph Lake
Elk Garden, (304)355-2346, (304)355-8000
The third highest earth and rock dam east of the Mississippi creates a 5.5 mile long, 952-acre lake with 13.5 miles of shoreline, allowing for weekend water releases for whitewater rafting on the North Branch of the Potomac. Fishing, boat launch, picnicking, overlooks and camping facilities.

Kumbrabow State Forest
Huttonsville, (304)335-2219
This rugged 9,474-acre area features rustic cabins, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and picnicking.

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area
Neola, (304)536-3660, (800)280-2267
This recreational area surrounding a man-made, 164-acre lake, offers camping, hiking, swimming, rental boats and picnicking.

Lost River State Park and Stables
Mathias, (304)897-5372, (800)CALL WVA.
Stables (seasonal), (304)897-5621
Visitors to this park will observe abundant wildlife in a mountainous habitat. Lost River also features swimming, hiking, game courts, horseback riding, vacation cabins and views from Cranny Crow overlook.

Monongahela National Forest
Elkins, (304)636-1800
Encompassing over 901,000 acres of prime woodland in rugged mountains, the forest offers some of the state's finest hunting, fishing and hiking (including 124 miles of the Allegheny Trail). Designated Scenic Wilderness areas include Cranberry Glades, Dolly Sods, Otter Creek, and the north and south Laurel Fork areas. Other breathtaking destinations include Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob Lake, and the Highland Scenic Byway.

Mount Storm Lake
(304)259-5272
This 1,200-acre lake is a favorite for scuba divers. Created in 1965 to provide cooling water for a power plant, the lake stays warm year-round and supports bass, walleye, and channel catfish.

Mountain Biking
Throughout the region, (304)636-8400 (800)336-7009, (800)782-2775, (800)CALL WVA
The abundance of primitive woodlands, rushing streams, scenic vistas and mile after mile of off-road trails have given West Virginia national acclaim for some of the best mountain biking terrain in the world. Tourism offices in Tucker, Pocahontas and Randolph counties have information on several mountain bike outfitters.

Otter Creek Wilderness
Alpina, (304)478-3251
Covering 20,000 acres of the Monongahela National Forest, this hardwood rich area is ideal for hiking, backpacking and primitive camping.

Overlook Village Touring Center
Snowshoe, (888)572-2290
Individual or group guided excursions for mountain biking, cross-country skiing, fly fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, caving and rafting.

Seneca Caverns
Riverton, (304)567-2691
Legend has it that the Seneca Indian Princess Snow Bird married her young brave in this cave's "Great Ballroom." Tours April-October and by appointment.

Seneca Rocks
Seneca Rocks, (304)567-2827, (304)257-4488
This must-see, 900-foot tall strata of Tuscarora sandstone dates to the Silurian Age. Part of the Monongahela National Forest and known for their scenic beauty, the rocks are considered by many climbers to be the best climb in the East. A visitors center features an excellent audiovisual presentation, with instructions for hiking to the top of the rocks.

Seneca Rocks Climbing School
Seneca Rocks, (304)567-2600, (800)548-0108
All aspects of climbing and use of equipment are provided by this school. Guided trips and hikes. Accredited by the Mountain Guides Association.

Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides
Seneca Rocks, (304)567-2115, (800)451-5108
Another accredited climbing school and outfitter.

Seneca State Forest
Dunmore, (304)799-6213, (800)CALL WVA
Bordering the Greenbrier River, this forest offers rustic cabins, camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing and hunting on 11,684 acres.

Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Kirby, (304)822-3551
Hunting, fishing and primitive camping are available on 8,000 acres of rolling hills. Open in hunting season.

Smoke Hole Caverns
Seneca Rocks, (304)257-4442, (304)257-1705, (800)828-8478
Famous for the longest ribbon stalactite in the world, these caverns claim the second highest room in eastern U.S. Log cabins and motel.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Snowshoe, (304)572-1000
This four-season resort boasts West Virginia's largest developed skiing and snowboarding operation with 53 slopes and trails at the Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski areas, all for the price of one lift ticket. Mountain bikers have their choice of 125 of dedicated mountain bike trails. Enjoy the Hawthorne Valley Gary Player signature golf course, along with tennis, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, spa facilities and more, with many lodging choices available.

Springfield Wildlife Management Area
Springfield, (304)822-3551
Hunting is offered on this rugged 9,460-acre area. Open during hunting season.

Spruce Knob
Judy Gap
At 4,860 feet, the highest point in the state is an area of windblown red spruce and rock outcrops, part of the Monongahela National Forest. Visitors enjoy the interpretive trail, observation tower and commanding views.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort
Canaan Valley, (304)866-4801, (800)843-1751, (800)633-6682
55 acres of ski terrain, with 35 slopes and trails, including Salamander Run, the longest ski trail south of New England. Cross country skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, slopeside lodging and fine dining.

Tory Mountain Outfitters
Davis, (304)259-5853
Guided trips into the Blackwater Canyon catch-and-release area and other productive streams. Fly-tying and rod-building lessons.

Trough General Store
Romney, (304)822-7601
Canoe rentals for the South Branch of the Potomac.

Valley View Golf Course
Moorefield, (304)538-6564
An 18-hole course surrounded by majestic mountains in scenic Hardy County.

Watoga State Park
Marlinton, (304)799-4087, (800)CALL WVA
Laced with miles of hiking trails, this sprawling woodland is located in the Appalachian Highlands with easy access to the scenic Greenbrier River. Recreational facilities abound and accommodations include 33 cabins and two campgrounds. Plus, hourly, all day and overnight trail rides through Jadalee Stables.

White Grass Ski Touring Center
Canaan Valley, (304)866-4114
Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing through some of West Virginia's most scenic areas, with 50 km of maintained trails, 25 km of machined groomed trails, snowfarming, pro shop, cafe, lessons and rentals.

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