With winter soon coming to an end we’re all itching to get outside for some much needed fresh air and Vitamin D. What better way to experience one of the most beautiful seasons in West Virginia than going on a breathtaking scenic drive and experiencing the natural wonders? Take a quick trip, make an afternoon, or an entire road trip with the following scenic drives! Round up the family or grab some friends to do some hiking, camping, and exploring along the way.
Highland Scenic Highway
Source: West Virginia Encyclopedia Photographer: Steve Shaluts
The Highland Scenic Highway stretches for 43 gorgeous miles through the Monongahela National Forest. From Richwood to US Route 219, you can see incredible sights like the Cranberry Glades, Williams River, Big Spruce, and more! This noteworthy scenic highway is even recognized as a National Scenic Byway. Stop at one of the four developed scenic overlooks or simply enjoy the ride.
Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway
The Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway offers just about everything: lakes, rivers, forests, mountains, natural wonders, and historical treasures. For 145 miles this route will take you all the way from Summersville,West Virginia to Lexington, Virginia. You won’t want to miss stops like Falls of Hill Creek, the Marlinton Opera House, and Summersville Lake on this route! An awesome trip for the spring and summer months as you can stop off and take a dip in one of the many bodies of water throughout your drive.
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike National Scenic Byway
The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike National Scenic Byway is bursting with history around every corner. This route begins in Staunton, Virginia passes through West Virginia, and goes to the Ohio River. If you’re up for an adventure, take one of the original backroads and experience what it was like 150 years ago! Fun fact, this route was crucial during the Civil War. You can even see many Civil War sites and historic towns. Don’t forget about railroading! It’s a must on this scenic drive.
Rt 32 through Canaan Valley
Mountain driving at it’s finest! Rt 32 through Canaan Valley is a 20 mile drive from Harman to Thomas. So many sights to see along this ride including waterfalls, wildlife, and forests. Make sure to visit Blackwater Falls State park, Canaan Valley State Park, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Blackwater Falls is especially breathtaking in the spring!