By Chris Dunavent on July 28, 2017
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.
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.
Nature-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.
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.
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