Boasting some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, north West Virginia is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, sightseers, and thrill-seekers. No matter the season, travelers will find an assortment of activities to enjoy that includes fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving, perusing the shops at Petersburg, West Virginia, and excellent skiing. From the incredible views at Spruce Knob to the caverns of Seneca Rocks, there’s something for all ages to have the experience of a lifetime in northern West Virginia.
Follow along to discover the best things to do in north West Virginia!
Take a picture with one of West Virginia’s most photogenic attractions
Blackwater Falls State Park is a playground for hiking, fishing, and biking and is home to one of the most photographed attractions in West Virginia, Blackwater Falls, the centerpiece of the park. The 62-foot cascade is named for the tannic acid of the fallen hemlock and red spruce needles that fall into the Blackwater River and gives the water an amber tint. Take the Blackwater Falls Boardwalk Trail to an observation deck that overlooks the falls for the best photo opportunities.
Take a guided tour of a 4.5 million-year-old cave
Home to unique rock formations, an assortment of cave life, and local legends, Seneca Caverns invites visitors to explore an underground world. Tours last one hour as guests are guided through a well-lit pathway within the cave that illuminates the stalagmites and stalactites that adorn the caverns. You can even sift for your own take-home treasures at the Gemstone Mining area.
Ski Canaan Valley
Visiting north West Virginia during the winter? Don’t miss the slopes in Canaan Valley for some of the best skiing West Virginia offers. Whether you’re an experienced skier or new to the sport, Canaan Valley has something for all skill levels. Canaan Valley Ski Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Didn’t bring your ski gear? Canaan Valley Ski Resort also offers rentals. Spend a day on the slopes before heading back to your West Virginia cabin to relax by the fire.
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Ascend West Virginia’s highest peak
Standing over 4,800 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is one of northern West Virginia’s most popular natural attractions and is the tallest point in all of West Virginia. Reach Spruce Knob Tower for 360-degree views of grassy openings, pastures, and forested ridges. Spruce Knob is located within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, which also includes the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, rock climbing opportunities, and several hiking trails. Learn more about West Virginia rock climbing at Seneca Rocks.
Tour the countryside by train
Plan a mountain railway adventure aboard the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad. Steam engines include the Durbin Rocket, the Cheat Mountain Salamander, and the New Tygart Flyer and each excursion takes travelers across some of West Virginia’s most beautiful landscapes, including Bald Knob, Cheat Mountain, and the High Falls of Cheat. Train rides range from 2-hour trips to overnight excursions.
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Fish the area’s best fly-fishing spots
Northern West Virginia is well-known for its fly-fishing spots that include the Elk River, Seneca Creek, and the North Fork River. Anglers will discover some of the best trout fishing in West Virginia at these locales, including a two-mile stretch of private stream access along the North Fork River at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins that’s exclusive to Harman’s guests.
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