West Virginia has some of the coolest attractions around. It also has its share of strange roadside attractions that will make you do a double take.
Here is a look at 10 of West Virginia’s strangest roadside attractions.
1. Braxton County Monster Chairs
The Braxton County Monster, also known as the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an entity that was seen by a group of people back on Sept. 12, 1952. The strange creature was seen by a group of boys after they went in search of a bright object they saw fall from the sky and land on property owned by a farmer. To commemorate the event the Braxton Convention & Visitors Bureau had 10 chairs made in the entity’s image. They can be found at the Cafe Cimino Country Inn.
2. Wardensville’s Big Chicken
The Big Chicken can be found roosting outside of the Star Mercantile & More, which is a gift shop that also happens to sell amazing fried chicken. If you take a selfie with the Big Chicken and post it to the store’s Facebook page they’ll give you a 10% discount on your next chicken purchase.
3. Martinsburg’s Apple Time Capsule
Apples are a big part of Martinsburg’s history. At one time it was called the Apple Capitol of the World. A giant apple time capsule can be found downtown on West King Street. The time capsule was sealed on Oct. 19, 1990, and is slated to be opened in 2040.
4. Huntington’s Pink and Green Giraffe
You’ll find this oddly-colored giraffe along Route 60 beside a car dealership.
5. Point Pleasant’s Mothman Statue
The Mothman sightings in the 1960s have made Point Pleasant a destination for those who love strange things. A statue of the Mothman sits downtown. The city also has a Mothman Museum and a festival that celebrates the strange creature.
6. Fairmont’s Giant Coal Miner
The Coal Country Miniature Golf Course features a giant coal miner that can be easily seen from Interstate 79.
7. Nitro’s Paul Bunyan and Babe Statues
Nitro’s Town and Country Supply Store has giant statues of Paul Bunyan and his blue buddy Babe sitting outside of the store. The duo is a popular photo op.
8. Barboursville’s Famous Pink Elephant
Barboursville’s giant Pink Elephant used to call Michigan home but it was purchased and placed outside of a gift shop in Barboursville back in 1970. The gift shop is long gone, but the elephant lives on.
9. Alderson’s Culvert Hot Dog
A roadside eatery in Alderson features a 15-foot-long culvert hot dog resting in an old canoe bun.
10. Unger’s Farnham Fantasy Farm
George and Pam Farnham have giant statues displayed on their farm. This is one roadside attraction you won’t drive by without a closer look!
These strange roadside attractions just add a bit of whimsy to West Virginia’s appeal!