Are you ready to visit West Virginia this spring? Whether you refer to West Virginia as “almost heaven” or “wild and wonderful” just about everyone that has been here agrees it’s a beautiful state full of amazing things to do and see. While it may get a bad rap in some circles, those familiar with the state laugh it off because we know better. Due to West Virginia bordering Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio this naturally gorgeous state has, over the years, found itself facing an identity crisis of sorts with people wondering if it’s part of the east coast, the Bible belt, New England, or the mid-west but those of us in West Virginia know that it really stands alone with its own character and charm.

Whether you’re wanting to visit the mountain state to hunt turkey or whitetail deer or you’re just looking for a quiet retreat to the mountains, here are a few of our favorite reasons to visit West Virginia.

Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Greenbank, West Virginia is home to the world’s largest astronomical telescope. If you visit, we recommend a high-tech telescope tour. This special tour leads you through telescope control rooms and engineering labs which are normally off-limits to the public.

Brave the Local Ghost Tours

If you love touring America's greatest haunts you should consider a trip to the historic haunted Blennerhassett Hotel in West Virginia. If you're brave enough, of course.

There are plenty of ghost tours available throughout West Virginia so if that’s your thing, you’re in luck! Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is home to what is considered America’s premier paranormal training facility and visitors are welcome to explore the nearby National Paranormal History Museum as well. We recommend taking the drive (approx 45 minutes) to Parkersburg, West Virginia to tour all of their paranormal sites including remnants from the Civil War, haunted hotels (like the Blennerhassett Hotel), railroads, and more.

Visit West Virginia and tour the haunted Blennerhassett Hotel! If you're brave enough, that is.

Photo Credit: http://theblennerhassett.com

Try Your Hand at Whitewater Rafting

If you don’t think of West Virginia when you hear “whitewater rafting” it’s only because you’ve never been down the Gauley River. This river is ranked as one of the top river destinations in the world and thousands of tourists visit every year to try to master the class 5 and 6 rapids. If you think you’re up to challenge, we recommend trying the Upper Gauley (and good luck!).

Check out The Belle Boyd House

West Virginia is heaven for history lovers and one place that should be one every Civil War buff’s must-see list is The Belle Boyd House in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The Belle Boyd House was the childhood home of famous Confederate spy Belle Boyd. The information she gathered helped General Jackson win the Battle of Front Royal (before she was banished to England, of course).

Ski Down Snowshoe Mountain

Did you know that Snowshoe Mountain was voted the #1 ski resort in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic by skiers and boarders at OnTheSnow.com? It was and for reasons that go far beyond skiing and snowboarding. Snowshoe Mountain is open year-round and offers bike parks, canoeing, yoga, off-road adventure tours, snowmobiling, spa packages and a lot more to visitors. Whether you live for the slopes or want to spend all day by the fire, this is a must-see location.

The next time you visit West Virginia, make sure you stop by Snowshoe Mountain for snow sports and so much more!

Even a T-Rex made an appearance at the 2017 Spring Shebang Pond Skim

See the Hatfield Cemetery (Hatfields & McCoys)

The Hatfield–McCoy feud involved two rural families of the West Virginia / Kentucky area along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River in the years 1863–1891. The family cemetery for the Hatfield clan is in West Virginia and open to visitors. If you’ve ever been interested in the lore of this famous feud you can head on down and visit the cemetery and the burial site of “Devil Anse”.

Before you lock down your travel plans this year make sure you stop and explore all of the reasons you should visit West Virginia this spring. This mountain state has everything from snowsports to Civil War history and so much more!

West Virginia also offers incredible food, wild natural parks, shopping, and so much more to entertain its visitors. If you’re looking to get out there and experience a hunting trip for turkey or a whitetail deer, contact us to book a stay in our cabin in the woods.

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