West Virginia March 17, 2015
These 20 Jaw Dropping Places In West Virginia Will Blow You Away
The state of West Virginia is known mostly for the mountains, but I’m here to show you that we have a little more than that. From places to become one with nature to amazing places built by hand, these 20 amazing and stunning places in West Virginia will leave you in awe.
This wouldn't really be about West Virginia if I didn't mention the West Virginia University Mountaineers. The Milan Puskar Stadium is located in Morgantown, WV.
The Sinks of Gandy, called the Sinks, is a very beautiful and very underrated natural tunnel in Osceola, WV.
Coopers Rock State Forest was named after a legend of a fugitive that was hiding from the law close to the overlook. He was a skilled cooper and so he made barrels and sold them to the locals.
Blennerhasset Island State Park, located in Parkersburg, WV, looks like it was the forest that the Big Bad Wolf followed Little Red Riding Hood.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, located in Weston, WV, is the largest, and by far the scariest, hand-cut stone masonry building in North America.
Spruce Knob is the highest point in the state of West Virginia. Although it is incredibly breathtaking, I wouldn't be able to handle my ears popping.
In 1943-44, the U.S. Army used this area, Dolly Sods Wilderness, as a practice artillery and range before the troops were sent to fight in WWII. Some of the artillery shot into the area still exist today. In 1997, workers made 32,594 excavations and discovered and detonated 14 live mortar bombs. Talk about peaceful!
Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most photographed locations in the state. If you have ever seen a nature calendar or postcard about WV, it was more than likely of these falls.
While the town of Moundsville is not completely breathtaking, it is completely packed with history. Pictured here is an Indian Burial Mound. While the grounds at the mounds are gorgeous, there is so much more to do than just take in the beauty.
The Seneca Caverns, which are limestone, are incredibly creepy but amazing. I have a weird thing about tall ceilings, and the largest room inside the cave is the Teter Hall, which is 60 feet tall.
This photo was taken overlooking Gravity Black Diamond at Canaan Valley in Davis, West Virginia. Not your beginner ski slope.
I know what you're thinking: Is this a miniature model train set? Think again. This is the quaint Harpers Ferry and it is quite adorable .
Summersville Lake, which is the largest lake that WV has, is the closest thing to a beach that we really have.
The Greenbrier, a four-star luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, is home to the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament. The Greenbrier is beyond beautiful, and words cannot describe it. This resort is cookie cutter perfect.
The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world. If you are courageous enough, visit this bridge in late October for "Bridge Day," where people willingly jump off of the bridge for fun. You certainly won't see me there.
Cass Scenic Railroad is the definition of tranquillity, other than the loud train horn. The rails are eleven miles long and nothing beats the beauty of the fall foliage.
Hawks Nest, in Fayette County, WV, is easily one of the most talked about tourist attractions that our state has. You haven't lived until you and your best friends or family haven't piled into a car and battled through car sickness on the waving roads to get to this beautiful view.
Watoga State Park is the largest of West Virginia's state parks. This park covers over 10,000 acres and is full of things to do, from renting a cabin to hiking trails to fishing.
Cranberry Glades, also known as The Glades, is a cluster of five bogs high in the Allegheny Mountains. Nothing screams fun like a bog!
The Upper Gauley River is best known for photos like this one, where people are white-water rafting. This river is able to ride down 95% of the year.
As I said before, I was born and raised in West Virginia and I have only been to maybe half of these locations. Our state has so much to offer and so much to learn from, all you have to do is look. Where are some of your favorite places to visit in West Virginia?