If you have lived in West Virginia for a long time, it may very well seem like you have been everywhere and done everything, but think again. From waterfalls and natural wonders to historic sites to fantastic man-made attractions, there is quite a lot of unique things to do in West Virginia if you know where to look! Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. When all the obvious choices are spent, it’s time to go obscure and check out some of the coolest hidden gems in West Virginia, like these fantastic options around the state:

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Some of the best things to do in West Virginia are often the most underrated and obscure. These are just a few places that you may not have thought to check out, but there are plenty more where these came from!

What are some more of the best places to visit in West Virginia that get overlooked? Let us know your favorite WV hidden gems!

For more of what West Virginia has to offer, check out this picture-perfect town hiding on top of a mountain. While you’re at it, make it a road trip! (Just don’t forget to pack the essentials!)

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Does West Virginia have any castles?

While West Virginia isn't known for its abundance of castles like other parts of the East Coast, the state does have a few - although some are mere remnants. The most famous of the handful of castles located throughout the state is Berkeley Castle in Berkeley Springs (private property). You'll also find:

  • Good Counsel Friary, Morgantown
  • Holliday Castle, Ghent
  • Mount Wood Castle & Cemetery,
  • Palace of Gold, Moundsville
  • Wheeling Castle ruins, Wheeling

 

For a unique adventure to discover some of West Virginia's other magnificent castles, check out our official castle road trip!

What are the best botanical gardens in West Virginia?

Spring, summer, fall... every season is garden season in scenic West Virginia! Here are some of our favorite botanical gardens in WV to explore:

  • Bissonnette Gardens, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling
  • Fred Edwards Conservatory, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington
  • Ritter Park Rose Garden, Huntington
  • Sunshine Farm and Gardens, Renick
  • West Virginia University Core Arboretum, Morgantown
  • West Virginia Botanic Garden, Morgantown

 

What are the prettiest waterfalls in West Virginia?

If you know, you know. West Virginia is packed with phenomenal natural beauty, and our waterfalls are just the start! Some of the prettiest waterfalls in the state are:

  • Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Brush Creek Falls, Brush Creek Nature Preserve
  • Campbell Falls, Camp Creek State Park
  • Cathedral Falls, Gauley Bridge
  • Douglas Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Elakala Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Glade Creek Falls, Beaver
  • Indian Branch Falls, Pipestem Resort State Park
  • Kates Falls, Beaver
  • Mash Fork Falls, Camp Creek State Park
  • Pipestem Falls, Route 20
  • Sandstone Falls, New River Gorge National River
  • Valley Falls, Valley Falls State Park
  • Whitaker Falls, Webster County
  • White Oak Creek Falls, Brush Creek Nature Preserve