How many of these have you been to?
1. New Vrindaban Palace of Gold—Marshall County
The Hare Krishna facility is located 15 miles southeast of Wheeling, and has been referred to as America’s Taj Mahal. Find out more and take a tour.
2. Cathedral State Park—Preston County
Home of the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia, it is located off U.S. Route 50 near Aurora. Find out more about Cathedral State Park. More about Cathedral State Park.
3. Coopers Rock Overlook—Monongalia County
Visitors to Coopers Rock State Forest off I-68 east of Morgantown have easy access to an overlook with a 1,200 foot drop to the mile-wide gorge below. More about Coopers Rock State Forest.
4. Cranesville Swamp Preserve—Preston County
Located near Terra Alta, the alpine-like bog is a window into ice ages past and and features unique bog vegetation as well as trails on the 1,600 acre preserve. Find out more about the Cranesville Swamp Preserve.
5. French Game Farm—Upshur County
Technically known as the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, this park allows visitors to see some of West Virginia’s native wildlife up-close and personal. Find out more about the West Virginia State Wildlife Center.
6. Cool Springs Park—Preston County
Perfect place to sample local favorites like buckwheat cakes or even eat a foot-long hot dog while looking at the antique farm and railroad equipment on the grounds of this Preston County icon located just outside of Rowlesburg.
7. Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory—Monroe County
Not for everyone since it is located along Peters Mountain and can only be reached by a 1.2 mile hike from the nearest road access, but if you can get there the view are AMAZING.
8. Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine—Raleigh County
Expect a “journey into the earth and into the past” at this Raleigh County attraction that is open seasonally from April to October. More info on the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.
9. Greenbank Observatory—Pocahontas County
It’s located in a federal radio-free zone, so no cell phone service, but plan to visit the 328-foot telescope in Greenbank. More about the Greenbank Observatory.
10. World’s Largest Teapot—Hancock County
Northern Panhandle citizens fought to save the Chester landmark which has since been restored and repainted to its original white and red colors after being dedicated on Oct. 12, 1990. More on the history of the World’s Largest Teapot.
11. Grave Creek Mound—Marshall County
Located in a park in Moundsville, the Grave Creek Mound is the largest conical type of any of the mound builder structure in the Ohio River Valley in West Virginia. More on the Grave Creek Mound.
12. Tygart Dam—Taylor County
The Tygart Dam near Grafton was built in 1934, and tours of its interior are typically provided to the public during the warm-weather months. More information about Tygart Lake and Dam.
13. Kaymoor Trail—Fayette County
History buffs and hikers will enjoy going down the 896 Kaymoor Stairs into the New River Gorge which provides access to the abandoned town and mine. More about the Kaymoor and other Fayetteville area trails.
14. Philippi Mummies—Barbour County
Cross the city’s historic covered bridge, and visit the Barbour County Historical Museum which is home to the Mummies of Philippi – two females that look like they are made of wood and have no hair. More about the Philippi Mummies and the Barbour County Historical Museum.
15. The Coal House—Mingo County
Not unlike its name, the Williamson Coal House is a popular spot with sightseers in southern West Virginia.