Nature's Playground - Attractions

Cass Scenic Railroad

Fleet of historic Shays features a two-hour Whittaker Station and the 4.5 hour Bald Knob mountaintop excursion May through November

Operated by Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

www.Mtn-Rail.com  ticketinfo@mountainrail.com

 

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

This charming WV State Park includes the town of Cass which evolved with the logging industry and  that remains relatively unchanged over time.   The park offers an information center, company store, museum, Cass tours and restored company houses now rented as vacation cottages.   A short film helps visitors understand what this community meant to West Virginia and the world beyond. The town is also home to the Cass Scenic Railraod.

www.cassrailroad.com

Droop Mountain State Park

Droop Mountain State Park is the site of West Virginia’s last significant Civil War battle. The park features a museum, picnic areas with shelters and playgrounds, and a scenic overlook. Beartown State Park is nearby.
www.droopmountainbattlefield.com

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Departing the historic Durbin depot May – October, the rare steam locomotive, the Durbin Rocket, offers riverside rides in 1920-era coaches/vintage wooden cabooses.  Castaway Caboose overnight stays!

www.Mtn-Rail.com    ticketinfo@mountainrail.com

Durbin Art Center – Pocahontas County Arts Council, Inc.

Featuring the work of area artists.  The DAC is open Thursday – Sunday. Durbin WV when the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad has trains operating.

Falls of Hills Creek

Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150 in Pocahontas County),  is a hidden treasure known as the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area. This popular 114 acre area contains three waterfalls – 25 feet, 45 feet, and 63 feet. The lower falls, at 63 feet is the second highest waterfall in West Virginia.

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recarea/?recid=9914

Greenbrier River Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile long rail trail operated by West Virginia State Parks. Trail uses include bicycling, backpacking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
www.greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com

Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features  including an exhibit hall, auditorium, events and programs. The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia. Bogs are acidic wetlands more commonly found in the northern areas of this country and in Canada. The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat.  The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres.  The boardwalk for this area is wheelchair accessible.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recarea/?recid=7049

National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Green Bank Science Center

Founded in 1956, the NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. Provides both formal and informal programs in education and public outreach for teachers, students, the general public, and the media.
www.nrao.edu

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Enjoy outdoor adventure from mountain golf at the highly rated Raven Golf Club to mountain biking trails, fly fishing and sporting clays along with summer festivals and concerts. It’s all here at Snowshoe Mountain. (Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other winter adventures also offered).
www.snowshoemtn.com  info@snowshoemountain.com

Watoga State Park

Largest of all the state parks in West Virginia, Watoga has over 10,000 acres of sprawling woodland filled with a multitude of recreational opportunities.Watoga State Park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including 40 miles of hiking trails, 11-acre lake,  swimming, fishing and boating.     Accommodations include cabins and campsites.
www.watoga.com

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