POCAHONTAS COUNTY / SNOWSHOE
Known for its “big mountain” vistas from the state’s second highest peaks, Pocahontas County is also the birthplace of eight rivers including the Greenbrier, Gauley, Cheat, Cherry, Elk, Williams, Cranberry and Tygart. When it comes to trout fishing, the angler knows this area is “an outdoor place.”
Snowshoe Mountain, the popular ski and golf resort perches on a 4,848-foot mountain. Snowshoe’s status as one of the major ski mountains of the East is rivaled only by the challenging Raven Golf Club course carved into the mountain’s base. Aside from ski and golf offerings, Snowshoe Mountain also offers hiking, biking, scenic lift rides, boat rentals, ATV tours, sporting clays and a full schedule of special events.
The ski mountains of north-central Pocahontas open into the wide expanse of the Greenbrier Valley to the south, overlooking the town of Marlinton, the county seat. The region’s most popular rail-to-trail for biking begins in Cass and follows the Greenbrier River, known for canoeing on lazy summer days and spring fly fishing. The 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail, designated as the West Virginia Millennium Legacy Trail, is perfect for biking and hiking families. Equestrian adventurers also find it appealing. The West Fork Trail, another pristine rail trail, begins in Durbin and travels 24 miles along the river north to Glady.
The last significant West Virginia Civil War battle was fought at Droop Mountain State Park. This first State Park now features a museum, a scenic overlook and picnic area. To learn more about the expansive railroad and logging history, two excursion trains offer a peek into the past. Led by an authentic Shay locomotive, Cass Scenic Railroad travels to the second highest peak in West Virginia and back to a restored logging town designated as a State Park. Offering more classic locomotives, The Durbin Rocket Scenic Train, boarded in historic Durbin, provides a beautiful river bank ride the whole family will enjoy. When traveling east or west take the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike National Scenic Byway (Us Route 250) and watch for the Civil War Trail markers.