West Virginia February 19, 2017
Escape To These 11 Hidden Oases In West Virginia To Find Peace And Quiet
When life gets too hectic, all you want is a quiet, peaceful spot to get away from it all. Fortunately, our beautiful state has many places that are perfect for relaxing in nature. Here are a few great spots.
1. WVU’s Core Arboretum
You'd never guess that this wooded area is right in the middle of Morgantown. The Arboretum has 3 miles of foot trails through old growth forests and planted gardens.
2. Cranberry Glades
These peaceful bogs are full of rare plants and beautiful scenery. They are part of the Monongahela National Forest.
3. Oglebay Park
Oglebay Park is a self-supporting public municipal park located in Wheeling, West Virginia. The park totals 1,650 acres and contains historical buildings, golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, gardens, a nature center, a zoo, and more.
4. Ohio River Islands
These islands are part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. You can take a boat to the shores of the islands to enjoy the wildlife and beaches.
5. Ritter Park
The Rose Garden at Ritter Park has been named one of the best in the country. It features more than 3,000 roses during the blooming season.
6. Sandstone Falls
This beautiful waterfall spans the distance between two islands. You can hike around both the waterfall and the islands.
7. Green Bank
Green Bank is an oasis of a different sort: a refuge for those sensitive to wifi signals. Technology is more limited in this town to avoid interference with the Green Bank telescope.
8. Beartown State Park
This state park has nothing but miles of trails through unusual rock formations.
9. West Virginia Botanic Garden
This peaceful flower garden with hiking trails and hammocks is right on the outskirts of Morgantown.
10. Cathedral State Park
Here you'll find the oldest trees in West Virginia. Some of the trees grow up to 90 feet high and 16 feet around.
11. Babcock State Park
Babcock State Park is one of the most picturesque places in West Virginia. Visit here to see a working grist mill and more than 4000 acres of nature at the park.
For more of our state’s peaceful charms, take
this road trip through West Virginia’s most picturesque small towns for an unforgettable experience.