WV Posted in West Virginia August 21, 2016 by Rachel Whetstone 8 Hidden Gems You Have To See In West Virginia Before You Die West Virginia is famous for so many great places, like the New River Gorge and Blackwater Falls. However, there are many lesser-known treasures as well. Here are a few of those hidden gems. 1. Audra State Park, Barbour County TripAdvisor/Tim50027 This beautiful park offers camping, swimming, and hiking. The hike to Alum Cave provides great views. 2. Something Special Gem Mine, Shady Spring Something Special Gem Mine This place sells buckets of dirt that you can sift through in search of gemstones. When you find your treasures, you can have them made into jewelry. 3. West Virginia Botanical Garden, Morgantown West Virginia Botanic Garden This garden is free to visit and also offers educational classes. Check out the butterfly garden. They butterflies love it just as much as you will! 4. Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont Prickett's Fort/Facebook This park features a reconstructed 18th century civilian refuge fort. Actors at the site provide a "living history" experience. 5. Ritter Park Rose Garden, Huntington Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District This oasis in the city has been voted one of the country's best rose gardens. It features over 3000 roses. 6. Dolly Sods Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest WikiMedia Commons/Knotnic This area has some of the most unique landscapes in West Virginia. You can see stunted trees, wind-carved boulders, heath barrens, and forest coves. 7. Cranberry Glades, Pocahontas County http://www.ForestWander.com These high mountain bogs are a great place to see some unusual plants and animals that aren't commonly found in West Virginia. 8. Beartown State Park, Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties Flickr/Random Michelle This state park has 110 acres of natural wonder. Unusual rock formations can be found throughout the park that will inspire your imagination. If you’d like to see more hidden gems in West Virginia, check out this list of hidden restaurants.