West Virginia October 10, 2017
West Virginia’s Route 2 Will Take You On A Great Backroad Adventure
Sometimes the best adventures can happen when you choose a road and follow it from beginning to end. One particular road full of hidden gems is West Virginia’s Route 2. This state route is even the subject of a poem,
Driving Up the Ohio River on Route 2 in Late Fall, by Larry Smith. You can take your own poetic trip this fall. All you need is a car and a plan. Click here for an interactive map, or skip the plan and be surprised at where the road takes you.
The road runs parallel to the Ohio River from Huntington to Chester.
The road begins in Huntington at the Guyandotte River, and travels along the Ohio River.
Shortly after Huntington, you'll see the odd-looking Hillbilly Hotdogs by the side of the road in the little town of Lesage.
These hot dogs are famous! They've even been featured on The Food Network. Grab a few for the road, since you have a busy trip ahead.
You'll then pass through the Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area.
The area is home to some uncommon animals, and also has recreational facilities.
A bit farther up the road, you'll cross the Bartow Jones Bridge over the Kanawha River into the town of Point Pleasant.
Point Pleasant became famous after several sightings of a strange giant moth-like creature, and it's worth a stop to see the Mothman statue and museum.
From here, the road gets rather rural for several miles.
Enjoy the natural scenery!
It then merges with I-77, and you can pick up speed for a while.
Shortly after Route 2 breaks off again from I-77, you'll see the Pleasants Power Station.
Soon after, you'll reach the small town of St. Marys.
The town is remarkable as one of the few places in the US with train tracks that share a road with cars. Take a slight detour to 2nd street, and you might get the chance to see a train drive by. Read more about this fascinating town
North of St Marys is the city of Moundsville.
The city was named for the nearby ancient Grave Creek Mound, constructed by indigenous people of the Adena culture around 250 to 100 BC. It was used as a burial place.
Also worth a visit in Moundsville is the West Virginia State Penitentiary.
This deadly prison was the site of many executions and murders, and some believe that it's still haunted. The prison no longer holds inmates, and now offers tours to the public.
Just after Moundsvillle, you'll come to the city of Wheeling.
Route 2 passes by some beautiful historic buildings, like the Riverside Iron Works Office Building. Built in the 1800s, it served as the headquarters for the local leading steel manufacturers.
Finally, Route 2 ends at the city of Chester.
Have you seen any of the attractions along Route 2? We’d love to hear about it.
For more great road trips around the state, check out these
eight unforgettable road trips you’ll want to take in West Virginia before you die.