5 Best Views in West Virginia: Iconic Overlooks & More

Have your camera ready for the best views in West Virginia. The prettiest mountains in West Virginia are in Monongahela National Forest. Travelers will find the highest peak in West Virginia, diverse ecosystems, and overlooks of sprawling fields and mountain ranges. However, there are other destinations, like Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, that offer their own incredible views. Check out the best views in West Virginia below:

Seneca Rocks

An incredible rock formation protruding from the earth like an armored plate. Seneca Rocks is one of West Virginia’s most amazing natural wonders. There are several West Virginia rock climbing services near the rocks for adrenaline junkies.seneca rocks

For those that prefer to keep their feet on the ground, a 2.6-mile round-trip trail is also available. The Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail reaches 700 feet in elevation and includes an observation platform. Anyone that hikes or climbs to the top is rewarded with dazzling views of Monongahela National Forest.

The hiking trail can be enjoyed by all ages, but adult supervision is advised for those with children. Seneca Rocks is open year-round.

Plus, our lodging near Seneca Rocks puts you near the best Seneca Rocks hiking trails.

 

Spruce Knob

Lush, forest canopies and rolling mountains surround West Virginia’s highest peak. Venture to the top of Spruce Knob for 360-degree views of the Mountain State thanks to the observation tower. Rising above sea level at over 4,800 feet, Spruce Knob provides some of the best views in West Virginia.

aerial view of spruce knob

Open year-round with an impressive 60 miles of day hiking trails, our cabins near Spruce Knob are the perfect place to unwind after a long day enjoying the sites of West Virginia’s highest point. Open season is typically from mid-spring to late fall.

 

On-property at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins

Travelers staying in our West Virginia cabin rentals won’t have to hike far for beautiful views. Our cabin rental property has several hikes that lead to overlooks for the perfect picture. Hopeville Canyon Overlook casts a shadow over the Warner Fields and Hopeville Canyon for truly impressive views. Top of the Rocks takes hikers to a sheer rock cliff overlooking the cabin property and surrounding area. 

top of the rocks at harman's log cabins

Learn more about West Virginia hiking trails near Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins.

 

Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge

Located in the Allegheny Mountains, Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge is the nation’s highest large valley east of the Rocky Mountains. Home to 31 miles of road and trails for hiking and biking, travelers will find all kinds of excuses to enjoy the great outdoors here. This area is a great time to visit during the summer and fall, with daytime temperatures typically staying below 90 degrees.

A mixture of wetlands and uplands, this elevated valley is perfect for anyone wanting to snap a pic of nature at its best.

 

Cass Scenic Railroad

If you’re looking to do a little less walking on your trip, we recommend hitching a ride aboard the Cass Scenic Railroad. You’ll get to choose from several excursions, including trips to scenic train stations and 18-foot high and 150-foot wide waterfalls. But for the best overlooks, the trip to Bald Knob should be your choice.

On this trip, riders will board one of the oldest engines in continuous service that still runs on its original line. Enjoy panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains as the train climbs to over 4,000 feet above sea level. The excursion culminates at the top of Bald Knob, West Virginia’s second-highest peak, overlooking vast wilderness and the giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. 

cass scenic railroad steam engine

Trips to Bald Knob aboard the Cass Scenic Railroad are typically offered between mid-spring through mid-fall. Call (304)-636-9477 to reserve your tickets. Stay in our cabins near Cass Scenic Railroad so you’re close to all the fun!

 

Discover even more views with our list of Instagrammable spots in West Virginia!

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