Spring is right around the corner for the Mountain State. Here are seven things you can do with your family to celebrate the coming of spring!
1. Go Trout Fishing
Make a family memory with a visit to a premier trout fishing spot – including the South Branch of the Potomac’s Smoke Hole Canyon, where it’s possible to watch eagles fly overhead while reeling in trout.
2. Taste the Maple!
Get a taste of something sweet at the West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival, March 17-18, Pickens, or visit the Frostmore Farm Maple Farm in Dunmore to tour the property and sugarhouse as well as help with the syrup-making process.
3. Hike and Learn
Hike and take in history at the same time, courtesy of the many trails in the Eastern Panhandle including the Harpers Ferry Lower trials that are both family and pet friendly. More adventuresome hikers can also easily access the nearby Appalachian Trail.
4. Fun Time/Splash Time
Give the older kids a chance to experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting on the untamed New River or Cheat Canyon. For those with younger kiddos, float trips are also available on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
5. Get the Bikes Out
Why just bike around the neighborhood? Several state landmarks are also scenic biking spots, including Blackswater Falls, Canaan Valley, Cass-Bald Knob-Snowshoe, Dolly Sods, Spruce Knob and Blackwater Canyon.
6. Wildflowers and Photos
Watch out for wildflowers – including an estimated 100 different species – will soon be lining the state’s hillsides and forest floors in the coming weeks. Why not take the kids out with cameras and see who can snap the best pics? And don’t forget to get a glimpse of the many redbud trees – actually more like small shrubs – that turn many roadsides into a sea of pink.
7. One Word: Ramps.
Ready for ramps? A pungent member of the leek family that grows wild in West Virginia has long been a springtime favorite among state residents. Has your child tasted them yet? Why not take them to the annual Feast of the Ramson at Richwood High School on April 21.