This Is One Of Our Favorite Places To Take Out-Of-State Guests When They Visit West Virginia

Hello, my name is Cristy, and I’m here to take you on a new kind of adventure through the Mountain State. As the primary West Virginia content writer for Only In Your State, I have embraced the chance to get to know my state better while researching and exploring countless hidden gems scattered all throughout this beautiful piece of Appalachia that I write about every day.

Teachers, I know, aren’t supposed to have favorites. I suppose the same is true for Only In Your State writers. And while I have yet to discover an area of West Virginia that doesn’t touch me deeply, there are a few places in the Mountain State that have become special favorites of mine. These are places I visit again and again. They are the first places I think to share with my own friends and family when they visit West Virginia. And, when I was tasked with writing this first-person account of an adventure through the Mountain State, one of these favorites immediately sprang to mind.

After reveling in the scenery from the tower, head back down the trail the way you came. But don’t worry, the adventure isn’t over yet. If you made it all the way to this edge of West Virginia to visit the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory, you can’t leave without sampling the popular local cuisine: a burger at Gap Mills Diner or a sandwich from the deli at Cheese ‘N’ More, plus dessert from the bakery just across the street.

Where do you take your guests on their first (or second or third) visit to West Virginia? Here are a few other obvious choices: the New River Gorge National Park, the West Virginia Capitol complex, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, Dolly Sods, or Harpers Ferry.

To discover more incredible boots-on-the-ground adventures across America from our team of local travel experts, check out all of the articles in OnlyInYourState’s Everyday Explorers series. What destinations would you like to see featured next? Tell us where we should go on our nominations page.

Address: Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory, Union, WV 24983, USA