Your Guide To Summer Fun In Pocahontas County, West Virginia

There’s a reason they call Pocahontas County “Nature’s Mountain Playground.” Here, summer is stock full of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Hike through towering forests, bike along gentle grade trails or kayak down refreshing rivers. Cruise scenic routes, stopping at overlooks for breathtaking vistas. As the sun sets, turn your gaze up – our area offers unparalleled stargazing opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a weekend warrior, unforgettable summer memories await in Pocahontas County.

Lace Up Your Hiking Boots

Pocahontas County is home to a vast network of trails – over 800 miles – that wind through the mountains and forests. Explore the sprawling Monongahela National Forest, including the cascading Falls of Hills Creek. Hike a total of 86 miles on the legendary Allegheny Trail, West Virginia’s first long-distance hiking trail. Or, for a more secluded adventure, backpack through the untouched Cranberry Wilderness Area and camp under a blanket of stars. For impressive vistas, tackle the High Rocks Trail or the Red Spruce Knob Trail, which leads you to the highest point along the Highland Scenic Highway. And for the best family outing, opt for a stroll along Shavers Lake Trail at Snowshoe Mountain Resort or walk the half-mile boardwalk at Beartown State Park.

Take It Easy With Leisurely Biking

Pocahontas County isn’t just for thrill seekers. Leisurely cyclists can enjoy a network of scenic trails perfect for a relaxing ride. Take a gentle spin around the world’s largest steerable radio telescope at Green Bank Observatory. Cruise along the West Fork Rail Trail, a 22-mile trail that snakes through a remote mountain setting and follows the West Fork River. Or bike part of the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail, one of West Virginia’s most successful rail-to-trail conversions. This route winds through hidden areas, offering a glimpse into the region’s beauty. 

Dive Into The Birthplace Of Rivers

Cool off this summer in Nature’s Mountain Playground! Eight major rivers begin their journeys here, making water activities a must-do for summer visitors. Kayak across the serene waters of Seneca Lake, or rent a canoe or paddle boat to explore Watoga Lake. Enjoy the beach and water activities offered at Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Shavers Lake. Additionally, the slow-moving Greenbrier River offers swimming, tubing and boating opportunities. Take a refreshing dip, or float lazily down the river, soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.

Cruise Our Open Roads

Cruise through Pocahontas County, boasting the highest average elevation east of the Mississippi – great for scenic drives. Stretching across 43 miles, from Richwood to U.S. Route 219, just north of Marlinton, the Highland Scenic Highway traverses the Allegheny Highlands, offering amazing vistas. Don’t miss iconic stops like Honeycomb Rocks, Black Mountain Overlook and the Cranberry Nature Center. Running north-south, U.S. Route 219 connects you to top spots and showcases diverse landscapes – vibrant fields framed by mountains, scenic passes and rolling pastures near Slatyfork.

Embrace The Magic Of A Starry Night Sky

End your day beneath a blanket of stars in West Virginia’s first International Dark Sky Park. Pocahontas County has some of the darkest skies on the east coast, making it a dream for stargazers. Escape the city lights and reconnect with nature at Watoga State Park, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park or Calvin Price State Forest, all designated International Dark Sky Parks. Gaze at the reflection of stars shimmering on Watoga Lake, or climb the tower at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park for a spectacular perspective.

Take In The Views

Find beautiful sights beyond the trails and waterways. Savor a scenic view from the Cheat Mountain Overlook, accessible via U.S. Route 250. Explore the unique flora on the half-mile Cranberry Glades Boardwalk. Stop by one of the many overlooks along the Highland Scenic Highway and capture breathtaking photos of the surrounding landscapes. Or take a grand adventure aboard the Cass Scenic Railroad

Pocahontas County is the ultimate summer escape. Request a free copy of our Adventure Guide and start planning your trip now!