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Cass Railroad

Cass Scenic Railroad – A West Virginia Treasure

By on April 19, 2018

Cass Scenic Railroad

Cass, West Virginia is a quaint little town that is only a ten minute drive from Snowshoe WV. Although this region is best known for it’s winter time skiing, the warmer months have much to offer the visiting tourist. Originally a logging company town for the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass has managed to preserve the look and feel of an old time neighborhood. Visiting Cass is like stepping back in time.
 
The old company houses have been restored, and they can be rented out as vacation cottages. While staying in town, guests can tour the train depot and museum to better understand this town’s historical charm. The Company Store is a great place to find unique gifts and crafts as well as souvenir items.
 
The hot spot for dining in Cass is The Last Run Restaurant. Housed in one of the town’s oldest buildings, diners have an excellent view of the Greenbrier River and the railroad tracks. The big windows not only offer amazing views, but they let in plenty of natural light. Down home favorites are served with a large variety of desserts and ice cream to finish with.

The main attraction in this cozy little town is Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Here one can ride a steam-driven locomotive through some of the area’s most beautiful countryside. Located in the West Virginia mountains, this historical trip lets passengers get an up-close view of the wilderness.

Cass Scenic Railroad

Built in 1901, this is the same railroad route used to haul lumber long ago. In fact, the trains themselves are original. The flat bed logging cars have been refurbished into passenger cars for this scenic ride. The highlight of the trip is a stop at Bald Knob. Dress warm. This is West Virginia’s highest point at an altitude of 4,700 feet.
 
For those who want to venture just outside of Cass, there are many more attractions waiting. Five miles away is Snowshoe Mountain Resort. During the winter months guests will discover the best skiing and snowboarding in the area. Promoted as a four seasons’ resort, summer time brings opportunities to golf, zip-line, archery, or go mountain biking. There is also the Handley Wildlife Management Area that has both tent and trailer camping with plenty of fishing and boating on their lake. No matter what your interests, you’ll find plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Seneca Rocks

Relax and Enjoy Beautiful Nature at Seneca Rocks

By on April 12, 2018

A short drive away (60 miles) from Snowshoe WV, you’ll find Seneca Rocks, WV. It is a very scenic location and a hot-spot for rock climbers. The peak is only accessible by experienced rock climbers, and occasional trekkers will find it impossible to reach without proper training and equipment. This is where you’ll encounter vertical layers of quartzite.

Seneca Rocks WVSeneca Rocks – More than Just Rock Climbing

If you’re interested in learning how to climb rocks, there are climbing schools nearby. There, under professional guidance, you can improve your climbing skills on local rock formations of various difficulty levels. For those not interested in rock climbing, visiting Seneca Rocks State Park is well worth the trip. There are over 11,000 acres of woodland, with a fishing lake, and log cabins. It’s also where you’ll get to see amazing geological formations.  A good way to learn more about rocks is to visit Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, located at the base of the rocks. At this place, a 3-D map will show you an overview of the area and the steepness of the terrain.

Enjoy Caves and Caverns at Seneca Rocks

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the underground caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites, then Smoke Hole Caverns will not disappoint you. The underground tour is approximately 2/3 of a mile and takes up to an hour. A guide accompanies visitors. At some spots, the surface is uneven, so proper shoes are needed.

Treasure Hunting at Seneca Rocks

This area is also a place to try gemstone mining. Visitors can purchase bags of mining rough and try their luck at a water sluice. It’s possible to find amethysts, rubies, quartz crystals, and fool’s gold (pyrite). While this is not a place where you can expect to get rich, it is definitely much fun to try out some mining on your own. Make sure to bring proper clothing with you.

Seneca Rocks – Only a Short Drive From Snowshoe WV

Snowshoe WVLocated in the neighborhood as well is Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. It’s a vast terrain of over 100,000 acres, which also contains the highest peak in West Virginia. Spruce Knob stands at nearly 5,000 feet.While camping and climbing are good when the weather permits, skiing is a popular pastime in the area of Snowshoe WV. This Pocahontas County community is next to Snowshoe Mountain ski resort and contains around 250 acres of skiing terrain. The slopes are of various difficulty levels, and are suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced skiers. During the warmer months, Snowshoe is visited for mountain biking trails and a golf course. Whenever you come to visit, you’ll find something to do.

You don’t need to go all the way to the West to experience America’s great outdoors. West Virginia offers plenty of opportunities to experience wilderness, rock climbing, trekking, kayaking, camping, golfing, and skiing. Whether you come on your own, with friends, or family, there are plenty of attractions for everyone.

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Mountain Biking in Snowshoe – Downhill Fun!

By on April 3, 2018

snowshoe wv mountain bikingSnowshoe Mountain Biking Park is at the top of its class, offering almost 40 trails, with a total of 1,500 feet of descent among them. Miles of gutsy downhill slopes or smoother, rolling hills are all found in the park. One can choose to take a predominately downhill, or a more cross-country route; it’s up to the rider. Navigate your own ideal mountain biking experience.

The idea of flying down mountain trails may seem daunting to a beginner. For such riders, the park offers guided tours, or private bike lessons, to warm one up to the sport. Experience level is not a factor at Snowshoe; everyone is confident and having a blast by the end of the day!

snowshoe wv mountain bikingRegardless of skill level- seasoned mountain biker, intermediate hobbyist, or thrill-seeker looking for a fun challenge- Snowshoe WV is home to one park that has everything one could look for. Take in the beauty of Pocahontas County from some of its most exciting downhill slopes.

Summer in Snowshoe is one of the most magnificent scenes any artist could portray. Clear mountain air, a beautiful lake, pine trees and prairie grass all meet up to form a breathtaking backdrop for your mountain biking experience, and the well-kept dirt trails add a rugged and athletic touch to its natural beauty.

Mountain Biking is Affordable at Snowshoe WV

snowshoe wv mountain bikingThe rush of mountain biking is affordable and easy in Snowshoe WV. You don’t have to be a mountain bike owner to be a mountain biker! One adult can hit the trail and ride all day on a professional downhill bike for only $149, and bring a child along for just another $59. Bike gear is available to rent for the day, maximizing your ride. Exciting hours of intense, athletic fun doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!

For more information on mountain biking in Snowshoe WV, visit the park’s website. For trail-side lodging at affordable pricing, visit Mountaintop Condos for great deals.

Green Bank Telescope

Green Bank Telescope – NRAO

By on March 4, 2018

Green Bank Telescope

Less than 16 miles and 25 minutes away from Snowshoe WV lies the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Hosting a staggering 40,000 visitors each year, the NRAO in Green Bank is host to the largest maneuverable astronomical telescope in the world, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. With guided bus tours of the telescopes, a StarLab planetarium, and hands-on activities, the NRAO in Green Bank, WV is an astronomical adventure for guests of all ages.

What is Radio Astronomy?
In order to properly appreciate your visit to the NRAO, you must first have a proper handle on what you are visiting. Radio Astronomy is a branch of astronomy that deals with radio frequencies emitted from celestial objects. The first detection of radio waves from a celestial body was in the 1930s by Karl Jansky. Since that time, many various sources of astronomical radio waves have been discovered including stars, quasars, galaxies, and many more.

What makes Green Bank special?
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia features the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest maneuverable radio telescope in the world. At 485 feet (148 meters) tall and 17 million pounds (7.7 million kilograms), the GBT is the largest moving object on land. Despite its sizable mass, over the course of a year, it is able to see 85% of the celestial sphere. The GBT receives signals in the staggering range of 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) to 3 meters (9 feet) in wave-length. The Observatory is also used for training for both students and teachers, various public outreach and educational programs, and assorted other scientific research.

So why should you visit?
Green Bank TelescopeFeaturing a science center, tours, gift shop, cafe and special events, the NRAO is scientific fun for the whole family. Begin your visit to the NRAO at the Green Bank Science Center where you experience fascinating science demonstrations; you then head to the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope where your personal tour guide leads you on an up-close and personal view of the world’s largest maneuverable telescope. Following the tour, participate in kid-friendly, interactive exhibits and discover the displays of the exhibit hall. Make your way to the Galaxy Gift Shop where you can find various astronomical souvenirs and gifts to remember your extraordinary experience. Finally, end your visit in the Starlight Cafe where you can feast on assorted fare from deli sandwiches to soft-serve ice cream. If you’re looking for something truly special, participate in one of the many special events hosted throughout the year.

When should you visit?
Summer – Every day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Fall – Thursday through Monday 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Winter and Spring – Thursday through Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How much does it cost?
Tour fees are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, children age 7 to 12 are $3.50, and children age 6 and under are free. There is no charge, however, for exploring the exhibit hall.

Do you have questions? Would you like to schedule a group tour?
Call (304) 456-2150 or visit the Green Bank Science Center on Facebook

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Adventure Dining in Snowshoe WV

By on February 18, 2018

Until now, the phrase “hut dinners” likely conjured up images of greasy pizza, tall plastic Coke cups, and salad bars that included chocolate pudding. That will change once you’re introduced to the adventure dining experience offered at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. While there are a number of tempting Snowshoe restaurants, there are few eateries anywhere that offer this type of adventure. If you’re a fan of adrenaline-fueled experiences, rounded out with a gourmet meal, then Snowshoe WV is the destination for you.




snowshoe wvThe adventure begins on the Cheat Mountain Ridge trail, where you’ll climb aboard the off-road vehicles for the 2-mile ride to the Sunrise Back-country Hut. Along the way, enjoy the unforgettable scenery of the spruce-lined forest from the comfort of the heated, 4-seat vehicle. Guests over the age of 18 are welcome to try their hand at the wheel, if they so desire.




After two miles of riding the trail, guests arrive at the Back-country Hut, where a unique dining experience awaits. The Back-country Hut Dinner can accommodate up to 20 diners, with a minimum age requirement of 12 years. The following are included in the price of admission:

  • Off-road tour
  • Appetizer
  • Salad
  • Choice of entree
  • Side vegetable
  • Choice of s’mores or homemade dessert
  • Soft drinks and water

A limited beer and wine menu is also available for guests over the age of 21. snowshoe wv

For those who don’t want the fun to end, the Overnight Back-country Hut Dinner offers a similar, longer adventure, but be forewarned that there’s a 10-person limit. Included in the package are all of the items listed above, plus overnight accommodations and a family-style breakfast. The lodging is rustic, but guests opting for the overnight option will receive passes that allow access to Split Rock Pools, where there are showers available.




Snowshoe WV is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts and those who choose to embrace the magic of all four seasons. For more information on Snowshoe lodging, or to book your stay, call 1-304-355-9553. Finally, while the Back-country Hut Dinner is available only Thursday through Sunday for most of the season, it’s offered all week long during the holidays.

Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe Mountain – The Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Winter Resort

By on December 7, 2017

Snowshoe MountainWith the 2017-18 winter season practically upon us, winter sports enthusiasts are no doubt busily preparing their equipment and making plans to head for their favorite slopes. To most people, the term ‘winter sports’ brings to mind locales such as the Colorado Rockies, Utah, Northern California, or various other ski resort areas generally associated with the western United States. Others may think of such notable European winter sports regions like the Swiss Alps, northern Italy, Norway, Austria and Switzerland. However, one of the fastest-growing and increasingly well-regarded winter sports locations in the eastern U.S. is beautiful Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.

History of Snowshoe Mountain

Situated in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains chain of the ancient Appalachian Range, Snowshoe is located in West Virginia’s Pocahontas County in the small village of Snowshoe, near the towns of Elkins and Lewisburg. Now in its 43rd consecutive year of operation (opened in 1974), Snowshoe Mountain had previously been the site of extensive logging activity for over half-a-century. Snowshoe MountainA successful ski resort developer, ‘Doc’ Brigham, took notice of Snowshoe’s unlimited potential, and although it took several years before his ambitious vision began to fulfill the promise he had hoped for, he was ultimately rewarded as Snowshoe Mountain soon became one of the East Coast’s most popular winter sport destinations. During the 1990s, Snowshoe underwent several expansion upgrades and improvements, most notably the development of a surrounding village that included condominiums and other commercial ventures as well as new ownership.

Snowshoe Mountain – An Island in The Sky

Snowshoe MountainSnowshoe Mountain varies in elevation from between roughly 3,300 to 4,850 feet above sea level and offers skiers 244 acres of skiable terrain that features every imaginable skill level from the inexperienced novice beginner to the extremely challenging veteran. Snowshoe also provides night skiing in its Silver Creek area, and with 14 professionally staffed chairlifts that are capable of transporting more than 23,000 skiers an hour, annoying waiting time is virtually nonexistent. Snowshoe’s winter climate (average January temperature is 28° F.) provides absolutely near-perfect conditions for winter sports, receiving an average of 180 inches of annual snowfall, and even in the nearly unheard of occasion of a ‘snow drought,’ the resort has 100% snow-making capability, ensuring plenty of white powder for their visitors to enjoy.

Plenty of FUN at Snowshoe Mountain!

With 60 ski runs (the longest a thrilling mile-and-a-half), Snowshoe offers not only a unique skiing adventure guaranteed to satisfy the most demanding of enthusiast, the surrounding mountain scenery is of the breathtaking variety that is certain to please visitors who have an appreciation for unmatched sightseeing opportunities. Snowshoe MountainIn addition to Snowshoe’s world-class skiing, the resort also provides snowboarding, tubing, snow-cat tours, horseback riding, sleigh rides, nature hikes, and even offers in-season lessons in a variety of activities, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced winter sports fanatic. Younger visitors, as well as the entire family, will find nearly endless fun-filled activities (bounce houses, wall climbing, inflatable slides, zip-lines, etc) at The Big Top, a multipurpose facility that also hosts top-flight comedy and musical entertainment, movies and special events.

The Village at Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe MountainAt the quaint and charming Village at Snowshoe Mountain, visitors will find more than ample options when it comes to dining and shopping among the many retail outlets and wide variety of cafes, diners and restaurants, ranging from cozy home style to fine upscale cuisine. Lodging at Snowshoe Mountain is also top-rate and plentiful, whether your stay is for a day, overnight, a weekend or for an extended period. The many locally-operated inns and lodges are devoted to the comfort and enjoyment of their clientele, and for the adventurous visitors, Snowshoe-area cabin rental services feature numerous options, amenities and reasonable rates along with the not soon-to-be-forgotten experience of rustic living.

Within a short to medium drive from most East Coast metropolitan areas, Snowshoe Mountain is easily accessible, full of family activities and 100% ready to provide winter sports enthusiasts with a guaranteed satisfying adventure that will seem to not last nearly long enough.

Snowshoe Resort – West Virginia’s Island In The Sky

By on December 5, 2017

Snowshoe ResortAt 4,848 feet in height and offering more than 240 acres of pristine Allegheny peaks, Snowshoe Resort towers above the beautiful West Virginia countryside. A wealth of incredible outdoor activities can be enjoyed here throughout the year. During the summer, savor hiking or biking on cross-country trails that allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy West Virginia’s incredible wildlife and scenery.

Winter is when the mountain really comes alive; the resort’s slopes transform into ski trails offering varying levels of challenge to any skier. The Snowshoe Basin area offers Black Diamond thrills, challenging Blue slopes and gentle Greens for beginners. For fans of cross-country, there are plenty of back-country trails in Pocahontas County which are perfect for exploring at your own pace.

Snowshoe Resort Features

  • The Spa at Snowshoe Resort – With 3,600 square feet of space dedicated to luxurious treatments, guests of this full-service spa will enjoy hot stone massages, hydrating body wraps, manicures and pedicures, men’s and women’s facials and waxing services.
  • The Village – A classically styled mountain village straight out of a postcard, this idyllic spot Snowshoe Resortfeatures a range of entertainments, from restaurants to shopping to concerts. On frosty nights, there are blazing fire pits for warming chilly hands.
  • Comedy Cellar – Unwind for an evening of laughs and entertainment featuring a continually updated roster of comedy talent. Located in the basement of Mountain Lodge.
  • Coca-Cola Tube Park and The Big Top – Perfect for little ones, a fun-filled, eight-lane tubing run allows whole families the excitement of plunging down snowy slopes on inflated tubes. When it’s time to go inside, head for the Big Top, where kids can explore bouncy castles, inflated tunnels and a climbing wall.Snowshoe Resort
  • 20 Below Teen Center – Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and lots of arcade games at this teen-themed hangout.
  • Split Rock Pools – With both indoor and outdoor heated pools, this venue is perfect at any time of year, but is especially appealing in the winter, when the billowing steam and snowdrifts make an atmospheric backdrop.

Activities at Snowshoe Resort

Nearby Attractions

  • Greenbank Observatory – With eight radio telescopes, this observatory is able to explore the wonders of the galaxy. Visitors can enjoy hands-on fun with exhibits and events that highlight the valuable work done by astronomers at this fascinating site. Snowshoe Resort
  • Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park – History buffs will want to stop by this scene of one of the last of West Virginia’s Civil War-era battlefields. A Confederate grave-site, cannons and a refurbished cabin from the era are highlights.
  • Cass Scenic Railroad – Relive the excitement of riding the rails throughout the year. Enjoy fresh spring days, balmy summer afternoons and the crisp autumn colors aboard train cars pulled by classic steam engines. In the winter, plunge through the snowdrifts on the Elf Limited, a holiday-themed ride featuring an appearance by Santa himself.

Lodging Near Snowshoe Resort

There are dozens of lodging options tailored to fit any budget. Save a few bucks by renting from a private condo owner – such as those managed by Mountaintop Condos – where you can ski in or out right to the slopes.

Dining at Snowshoe

Snowshoe ResortChoose from family favorites in restaurants like the Basin Supper Club or go for a nightcap at the Moonshine Watering Hole. On warm summer afternoons, stop by the Whistle Stop for an ice cream cone or get a quick meal at the White Rabbit Market. Adults will love The Junction, which combines a restaurant and saloon. Get a slice of pizza at the Sugar Shack or hit The Connection Nightclub for a little after-hours nightlife.

Bask in the fresh mountain air of Snowshoe Resort, where there’s endless fun for every member of the family throughout the year. Whether you spend a day or a week, you’ll enjoy making memories here that will last a lifetime.

Snowshoe WV Winterfest

Top 5 Things To Do at Snowshoe Ski Resort

By on November 12, 2017

Are you wanting to get out of the house this winter and have some fun? Willing to try something new or have a fun, family day? Or are you looking to just hang out with friends and enjoy the winter season? Adventure awaits at Snowshoe Ski Resort! There is something for everyone! From beginners to the experienced, everyone is welcome and guaranteed to have a blast!

There is a total of 251 beautiful acres to enjoy! Hit the slopes on your skis or snowboard, or race through the mountains on an exciting snowmobile tour. Also nearby, you can snow-tube down the mountain, explore off road adventure tours, or horseback ride through the trails!

Snowshoe Ski ResortHit The Slopes

This is an obvious one. Snowshoe Ski Resort averages more than 180 inches of snowfall each year, plus they add their own. There will always be plenty of snow to enjoy during ski season. They even offer a Snow Guarantee, promising there is more skiable terrain than nearby resorts. The Basin Area has room for everyone, whether for an expert skier trying out Widowmaker, Choker or Knot Bumper or someone just beginning on Flume Trail. It includes an 800 foot vertical drop and seven lifts. Plus, there are 38 trails. There is also a terrain park system with small to medium features. Feeling brave? Head over the the Western Territory of expert skiing on Snowshoe’s infamous Cupp Run! Or, take a shuttle down to the Silver Creek area for night skiing!

Head Over To The Coca-Cola Tubing Park

snowshoe ski resortEnjoy the rush of downhill tubing over six snowy stories. The tube park has eight lanes to accommodate its many visitors. The best part? A cable pulls the tube back up the hill to avoid a day of hiking up hill. Be sure to secure tickets for your day of fun. Tickets are good for unlimited rides for two hours, during the park hours. The park is open 1-7 pm Sunday-Thursday and open until 9 pm on Friday. It is open 11 am-9 pm on Saturday.

Get A Different View of Snowshoe Ski Resort

Check out the mountain from a different view during an Off-Road Adventure Tour. A heated Polaris RZR takes four people through the backcountry of Snowshoe Ski Resort. Thrill-seekers can choose to drive, if they dare. The guided tour spans over 11,000 acres of resort property and lasts an hour and a half. Everyone must be at least 12 years old to ride and at least 18 to drive. Be sure to book your tour in advance and arrive ten minutes before ticket time.

Enjoy A Delectable Meal

Snowshoe is host to restaurants to suit any preference, ranging from sports bars to pizzas and pastas. Old Spruce Cafe and Tavern, located in the Village, typically tops the lists of places to try. The menu includes sandwiches and wraps, as well as Jamaican jerk chicken, their specialty. Every Thursday is sushi night during ski season. They are also home to the largest selection of beer on the resort. Try one of the 40 can or bottled beers or one of the three locally-brewed flavors on tap. They recently opened the Old Spruce Draft House featuring West Virginia brewed beers on draught and growlers to go.

Unwind At The Spa

Spa at Snowshoe WVSnowshoe Ski Resort has a beautiful spa to relax in after a cold, adventurous day on the slopes.
Treat knotted muscles or specific areas of tension with a variety of massages including relaxation, therapeutic, aromatherapy or hot stone. Enjoy several kinds of body treatments including a satin shimmer body scrub or hydrating body wrap. Get ready for a night out with a rejuvenating facial, fresh haircut or waxing service. Call (304) 572-4700 to book appointments.

Take advantage of all the adventures Snowshoe Ski Resort has to offer and book a getaway today. Contact Mountaintop Condos at info@mountaintopcondos.com.

 

 

Highland Scenic Highway

Highland Scenic Highway is Unspoiled Nature

By on July 28, 2017

Highland Scenic Highway

If the beauty of unspoiled nature is your passion than the Highland Scenic Highway near Snowshoe WV is for you. The Highland Scenic Highway is entirely surrounded by the 19,000-acre Monongahela National Forest. It is 43 miles of natural beauty. This quiet two-lane highway is not spoiled by houses, businesses or any man-made structures. It is God’s country from start to finish. The elevations along the route have scenic views that will take your breath away. You are surrounded by majestic maple, oak and spruce trees as far as the eye can see.

Hike The Majestic Highland Scenic Highway

If you would like to take a walk during your scenic drive you can take Route 39/55 which leads you to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. This road is pristine and has many interesting stops along the way. These include a half-mile wooden walkway that penetrates a 750-acre Cranberry Glades Botanical Area surrounded by blogs. This wooden walkway protects the natural ecosystem of the area while adding beauty.

Highland-Scenic-HighwayNature-made waterfalls can also be found. The Falls of Hills Creek is a gorge that holds three waterfalls. The waterfalls were formed from the unstable layering of shale and sandstone which is exposed adding to their beauty. There is a wide range of plant life as well. Hills Creek is known for its beautiful wildflowers that bloom in the spring.

Grab A Pole And Go Fishing

If fishing is your passion, there are prime trout waters in the Williams River at several points along the route. Hunting and hiking are also possible along the Highland Scenic Highway. If you are lucky enough to be able to stay for more than a day there are three designated campground areas where you can stay and enjoy natures unspoiled beauty as long as you would like.

Due to the undisturbed nature of the Highland Scenic Highway it is not advisable to take this route in the wintertime. It is not snow plowed or disturbed in any way so traveling could be treacherous.

West Virginia Mountains

Top 5 West Virginia Mountains

By on July 18, 2017

West Virginia mountains are majestic. They have beautiful scenery and attractions that will let you relax and take a step back from your busy, daily life. Here are the top five West Virginia mountains:
 
West Virginia Mountains1) Spruce Mountain:   Spruce Mountain is the highest of the West Virginia mountains. It is located in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest. This is in Pendleton County. There are over 75 miles of hiking trails and a small lake on the west side that is stocked with trout for fishing. On the mountain resides two campgrounds for campers, the larger of the two close to the lake. On the top of Spruce Mountain is a lookout tower that will let you see everything around you for miles.
 
2) Back Allegheny Mountain: This mountain is 18 miles long and 8 miles wide. It is located in Pocahontas County and rises up from Greenbrier River Valley. Its highest elevation is at 4,843 feet. Bald Knob, the pinnacle of the mountain, is the final destination for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, a railroad that takes passengers up the mountain.
 
The Cass Scenic Railroad is 11 miles long and goes through the former company town of Cass and up Back Allegheny Mountain. Passengers Cass Railroadride on retrofitted log cars in a former logging train up the mountain. Cabooses can be rented out for private parties. Houses along the Cass Scenic Railroad and a cabin on Bald Knob can also be rented out. The railroad tour allows visitors to take in the amazing scenery of Back Allegheny’s red spruce forests without compromising the sensitive and highly protected environment.
 
Bald Knob’s observation platform gives visitors a gorgeous view of Greenbrier Valley. Sometimes, when the weather is clear, you can even see all the way to Virginia, which is twelve miles away.
 
3) Cheat Mountain: This rugged ridge is 50 miles long and five miles wide. Of the West Virginia mountains, it has the highest point at 4,848 feet above sea level. It runs the entire length of Randolph County. Cheat Mountain has a strong history in the American Civil War. It is the location where General Lee carried out his first offensive battle. As a valuable strategic location, the mountain was both occupied by Confederate and Union camps during the war and several battles and skirmishes were fought.
 
Cheat Mountain is also home of the threatened Cheat Mountain salamander, a salamander only found on Cheat Mountain and a couple of other nearby mountains. It is a small salamander with black or dark brown color that is flecked with silver.
 
USA Cycling Snowshoe WVA popular tourist attraction on Cheat Mountain is Snowshoe Ski Resort located in the village of Snowshoe West Virginia. It has over 200 acres of skiable land. Snowshoe West Virginia is best known for skiing and other winter activities, but it also has mountain bike trails, a golf course, and wedding/ceremony facilities. Every year, Snowshoe West Virginia also hosts the Grand National Cross Country Racing Event. There are over 1,400 condominiums and lodge hotels on the resort, perfect for those wanting to get some skiing or mountain biking time in.
 
4) North Fork Mountain: This majestic West Virginia Mountains highest point is 4,588 feet. It is capped in quartzite and unlike a lot of the neighboring mountains, it is a dry mountain with mixed oaks, pine trees, and mountain laurel instead of red spruce forest.
 
The only settlement on North Fork Mountain is Monkeytown, a small hamlet with less than fifty people. However, there are vacation rental homes and small cabins spread out across the entire mountain, as well as Future Generations Graduate School located just under the ridgelineThe North Fork Mountain Trail is a hiking trail over 23 miles long and follows the West Virginia Mountainsmountain’s northern crest. Outside magazine named this trail the best trail in West Virginia.
 
North Fork Mountain is the former home of the defunct community “Smoke Hole“, located on the east side of the mountain, which has a rich and exciting history. Moonshiner and local troublemaker Cal Nelson lived in Smoke Hole. His story is immortalized in A Place Called Smoke Hole by Bardon Shreve.
 
Smoke HoleSmoke Hole became defunct in the early 20th century. In 1930, unusually dry weather started a major forest fire that raged across the entire mountain, vanquishing small trees and undergrowth. It lasted eleven days, only stopped by rainfall. After that, the Forest Service put a fire suppression program in place, including fire wardens, a fire tower, and fire-fighting teams made from locals. Unfortunately, with the undergrowth and small trees gone, the livestock of the Smoke Holers did not have enough to feed on. Smoke Holers blamed Forest service and a few locals intentionally started a forest fire out of spite. It took them five days to put out and it consumed 10 square miles of the mountain. Smoke Hole is gone now, but the ruins of the watchman’s cabin and tower can still be seen today.
 
5) Shavers Mountain: This rugged ridge is 35 miles long. Several peaks exceed 4,000 feet above sea level. There are two beautiful natural areas on its northern and southern ends respectively: Otter Creek Wilderness and Gaudineer Scenic Area.
 
West Virginia MountainsOtter Creek Wilderness is a bowl-shaped valley that has over 42 miles of hiking trails. Its longest, Otter Creek Trail, is 11 miles long. It is the home of the Shavers Mountain Spruce-Hemlock Stand, which is 68 acres of virgin forest. The Gaudineer Scenic Area is a national natural landmark. It is 140 acres big and has a small portion of virgin forest that was spared and preserved by the timber industry in the early 20th centuryThe mountain is named for Peter Shaver, whose grandfather, Ellis Wyatt was the first settler on the mountain. Shaver was killed by Native Americans on the mountain in the nineteenth century. The Shavers Mountain trail is only 10 miles long, but it is often intense and difficult. However, it is also very rewarding, with majestic views.
 
These five West Virginia mountains offer excellent hiking trails, gorgeous views and several other attractions outdoorsmen of all kinds will love.