Pocahontas County’s Winter Adventure Guide
When the temperatures drop, the adventures amp up in Nature’s Mountain Playground. Pocahontas County, West Virginia, is gearing up for a riveting winter season, offering a variety of activities for families and adventurers alike. Whether you’re a snowsports enthusiast or someone seeking a serene retreat, Pocahontas County has something special in store for you.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Kickstart your snowy adventure at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier destination for family fun. At an elevation of 4,848 feet, Snowshoe Mountain features an extensive network of over 60 trails, each offering a different flavor of snowy excitement. From gently winding slopes for beginners to challenging trails for the more adventurous, Snowshoe delivers an unforgettable skiing and snowboarding experience.
Five terrain parks add an extra layer of thrill for those who love to catch air. Freestyle fans can showcase their skills on meticulously designed features, creating an atmosphere of perpetual winter stoke. And as the sun sets, Snowshoe comes alive with night skiing. Snowshoe Mountain Resort transcends traditional winter sports, offering a variety of exciting activities for the whole family. Zoom through the snow-covered landscape on a snowmobile and enjoy tubing for all ages. After conquering the slopes, treat yourself to a culinary ascent at one of Snowshoe’s mountain-top dining establishments.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Extend your time here by exploring Pocahontas County’s breathtaking landscapes through cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Traverse the Highland Scenic Highway’s 23 miles of unplowed roadway for a picturesque journey to scenic vistas. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution, as the Highland Scenic Highway is not maintained during the winter. Park at the northern access point (off Route 219 N) or the southern access point (off Route 39 W, across from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center) and embark on a seasonal expedition surrounded by the untouched beauty of Nature’s Mountain Playground.
The Greenbrier River Trail State Park is a winter haven spanning Hillsboro, Marlinton and Cass. This 78-mile pathway, known for its summer biking opportunities, transforms into a skier’s paradise once the snow blankets the landscape. With a gentle, less than one percent grade, the trail is ideal for leisurely snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Another highlight for cross-country skiers and snowshoers is the West Fork Trail in Durbin.
For the adventurous souls, visit Cranberry Wilderness for 100 miles of trails, rare plant and animal sightings, and a 20-mile ski loop. This expansive wilderness park is perfect for a cross-country skier, offering both leisurely trails and challenging routes for a complete winter cardio workout.
Lastly, Elk River Touring Center provides access to trails running through the mountains at 4,700 feet above sea level. With three miles of maintained pathways linking into over 15 miles of wild National Forest land, skiers of all skill levels can find their ideal route. The center offers equipment rentals and ski lessons, making it a welcoming destination for visitors of all ages looking to explore the snowy wonders of Pocahontas County.
Head out on a snow-covered trail in Pocahontas County’s state parks, state forests or within the Monongahela National Forest. From the frozen Falls of Hills Creek to the unique Cranberry Glades Botanical Boardwalk, each winter hike promises unmatched scenery. As weather conditions may vary, be sure to check with the Pocahontas County CVB for trail and road updates before setting out.
After a day of outdoor excitement, unwind in a mountainside condo or a cozy log cabin nestled in the woods. Accommodations are available at our state parks, Snowshoe Mountain Resort and throughout our charming mountain towns, ensuring a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate in Nature’s Mountain Playground.
Follow the snow to Pocahontas County this winter. Request your free copy of our Adventure Guide to help plan your seasonal getaway.