Find Endless Winter Adventure
Welcome to winter in West Virginia! When the temperatures drop, the adventures amp up. Try snow covered adventures like skiing and snowboarding in our ski areas, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, and then kick back and relax at one of the many cabins in Pocahontas County. Winter activities are endless here in Nature’s Mountain Playground.
Before you plan your winter vacation to Pocahontas County, please call the Pocahontas County CVB, at 304-799-4636 for maps, directions, and road conditions.
THINGS TO DO:
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Not only one of the premiere ski resorts in West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain offers some of the best downhill skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast. With 57 trails, snowmobiling, adventure dining, sleigh riding and off-road winter RZR tours, there are endless adventures to embark upon at 4,848 feet in elevation. Once you’ve wrapped your day of frigid fun, head to the Split Rock Pools to indulge in the sauna or book a massage at The Spa at Snowshoe. Book your own cabin at Snowshoe or stay in a ski-in/ski-out condo.
Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing:
With five state parks, two state forests and the Monongahela National Forest making up most of the public lands in Pocahontas County, there are endless opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Traversing through Pocahontas County, the Greenbrier River Trail State Park provides a gentle, less than 1% grade perfect for leisure snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing along the Greenbrier River Trail State Park in Hillsboro, Marlinton and Cass provide the opportunity to dine just off the rail trail. The West Fork Trail in Durbin is another rail trail perfect for venturing out with snowshoes or cross-country skis, with dining and lodging options nearby making for easy access.
The Highland Scenic Highway, Route 150, features 23 miles of unplowed roadway perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to some of Pocahontas County’s most scenic vistas and overlooks. Hit the Highland Scenic Highway on a blue bird day for endless views of Nature’s Mountain Playground! Please use caution and remember the Highland Scenic Highway is not a maintained roadway in the winter months. Users are advised to use caution and park at the entrance of the Highland Scenic Highway at either the Northern access point (off Route 219N), or the southern access point (off Route 39W, across from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center).
No matter the season, hiking in Pocahontas County is always unmatched! Embark upon a snow-covered trail in one of our state parks, state forests or within the Monongahela National Forest. Just a few favorite winter hikes include hiking along the Greenbrier River Trail State Park, the West Fork Trail, Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades Botanical Boardwalk and trails at Watoga State Park and Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. With changing weather, always call the Pocahontas County CVB for trail and road conditions before heading out on your winter hike.
Other Winter Fun!
Not into spending a day out in the chilly temps? Try visiting Cass Scenic Railroad State Park to learn more about Cass’s rich logging history. Or shop one of the many artisans and specialty shops and boutiques across the county. Enjoy an evening at the Pocahontas County Opera House and catch a musical performance, or head to town for the 2023 Mountain State Maple Days happening February 18th and March 18th.
No winter adventure is complete without great food and drink! Indulge in a delicious meal in a warm and cozy atmosphere at any of our countywide restaurants.
Whether you’re looking for festivities to get you into the holiday spirit, or family friendly winter events – check out our event calendar to keep up with upcoming happenings.
Winter getaways in the West Virginia snow are unlike any other – complete your trip and book a cozy overnight stay here.