West Virginia Byways Driving Tour
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In southern West Virginia, the
Midland Trail rolls through the farm country of Greenbrier County and then into
the mountains overlooking the New River
Gorge. You’ll pass by waterfalls near Gauley
Bridge as you make your descent toward the
capitol city of Charleston where you can
visit the State Capitol and the new West
Virginia State Museum.
Historic Scott’s Pharmacy replica from the Civil Rights Movement, located in Charleston at the State Museum.
West Virginia has long been synony- mous with scenic beauty and adven- ture. Historically, visitors traveled
several days over rugged terrain to reach
the mineral springs and spas of the region
that promised youthful vitality and reju-venation. Today, traveling through West
Virginia to find these scenic, stress-free
destinations is easier than ever. Interstates
make regions of the state easily accessible.
West Virginia is within a four hour drive
of about half of the United States population. Once you’re here, you’ll find that it’s
the paths less traveled that offer the best of
what West Virginia has to offer.
West Virginia is home to nine designated
scenic by ways that provide a keen insight into
the sights, sounds, and tastes of life on the
early frontier. These byways were chosen
because they offer a unique and picturesque
glimpse into the Mountain State’s history and
natural beauty. These roadways are a slower-paced alternative to Interstate traffic. Visit
www.wvbyways.com to find historic and
captivating sights along these byways.
Along the Washington Heritage
Trail, you can trace the footsteps of George
Washington to his spa getaway in Bath,
now known as Berkeley Springs State Park.
You’ll drive through the eclectic towns of
Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Berkeley Springs which are full of Civil War sites,
restaurants and unique artisan shops. The
150th Anniversary of John Brown’s raid on
Entirely surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest, the Highland Scenic
Highway makes its way through some of
the most breathtaking and unique scenery
on the continent. Nestled in the Allegheny
Mountains, this byway rises as high as 4,500
feet and is home to some of the most unusual plant life found in the United States.
Call 1-800-CALL-WVA, visit a Welcome
Center or go to www.wvbyways.com to
get your copy of the West Virginia Byways