Smoke Hole Resort’s visitors can also enjoy many other local attractions that can range from fishing to rock climbing in the summer to touring a museum to skiing in the winter. Don't forget that Smoke Hole Caverns is open daily year round. No matter the weather there is always plenty to do in the mountains of West Virginia. Check out all of the local attractions below!
Purchased by the federal government in 1969, Seneca Rocks is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia. These rocks have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers.
The rock is composed of fine grains of sand that were laid down approximately 440 million years ago, in an extensive sheet at the edge of an ancient ocean. Years of geologic activity followed, as the ocean was slowly destroyed and the underlying rock uplifted and folded.
The Seneca Rocks Climbing School has been based in the North Fork Valley of Pendleton Co. WV since 1971. “We believe that the only way to ensure the climbing experience for ourselves and future generations is to preserve the vertical wilderness and the adventure inherent in the experience."
Leave No Trace practices are always apparent on any program. We stress the value of clean climbing and traditional climbing techniques. Call 304-567-2600.
A federally designated wilderness area, the Dolly Sods Wilderness was created in 1970 to protect the unique scenic qualities of the area north of Forest Road 19. Today approximately 2,000 acres along Forest Road 75 is managed by the US Forest Service as a scenic area.
The Dolly Sods Scenic Area is the most accessible and most visited part of the Sods. Berry picking, hunting, and sightseeing are popular pastimes here. Forest Road 75 crosses the Scenic Area from south to north.
Blackwater Falls State Park with 1,688 acres is named after the amber-colored waters that plunge five stories at Blackwater Falls, then twist and tumble through an eight-mile-long gorge. The 'black' water is a result of leached tannic acids from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.
Hiking trails and observation points are easy to access in Blackwater Falls State Park. 'The Gentle Trail' provides stairways and boardwalks that lead to the base of the falls for a close-up view. Blackwater Falls State Park is a great place to spend a day.
Nelson Rocks Preserve is currently closed to rock climbing by the general public. The closure applies to all conventional, roped rock climbing, both "sport" and "trad," as well as unroped bouldering, scrambling and similar off-trail activities.
Guided rock climbing and instruction by schools and guide services are permitted at the Preserve with the prior express consent of NRP management only. Schools or guide services interested in offering guiding or instruction should contact NRP for information.
Canaan Valley is the highest valley east of the Mississippi. It is home to state parks, ski slopes, and the nation’s 500th wildlife refuge sits at the top of a mountain chain that feeds three major waterways that converge in Parson, Tucker County.
Swimming, tennis, interpretive nature walks, and evening events fill leisure-time hours.
Spruce Knob consists of 100,000 acres and contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast, outstanding views and a chance to enjoy America’s great outdoors.
Congress established the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in 1965.
Spruce Knob, 4,861 feet at its summit and the highest point in West Virginia, is located in Pendleton County on Spruce Mountain. Rocks here are of the Pottsville sandstone, dating from over 300 million years ago.
Acquired in 1921 by the U.S. Forest Service, has a climate similar to Newfoundland and due to the harsh climate conditions, trees grow only shrub-high and with limbs in other areas growing on one side.
With the Whispering Spruce Trail leading to an observation tower, you will enjoy panoramic views that are as far as the eye can see. Spruce Knob Lake, a 25-acre fishing lake, is a 20-minute drive from the knob and is also the states highest lake.
Named for Ulysses S. Grant, General of the Union Army and 18th President of the United States, Grant County is the ‘HeartBeat’ of the Potomac Highlands.
Steeped in ancestral heritage, Grant County is known for warm hospitality, breathtaking mountainous landscapes, and abundant natural resources.
It was a state study that first suggested that a scenic excursion train would be successful on the South Branch Valley Railroad. A few years elapsed before the Potomac Eagle became the company in charge of making the dream a reality.
In the fall of 1991, the Eagle Canon Passenger Car Company began operating the Potomac Eagle from a siding named Wappocomo Station just north of Romney.
Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life.
Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.
In historic Durbin, you have the opportunity to ride & experience the sights and sounds of one of the rarest steam locomotives in existence.
The DURBIN ROCKET Excursion Train is powered by a rare steam locomotive. Today you can ride in an authentic 1920-era coach as she puffs and whistles her way along the free-flowing Greenbrier River in Northern Pocahontas County.
This smooth climate-controlled passenger train has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting mountain wilderness excursion rides in the US.
The 4-hour, 46-mile round trip departs at 11 AM from the restored Elkins Depot at One Station Square.
Named in honor of the little endangered creature whose sole habitat is the river of the same name, the ALL-NEW CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER takes you through some of the wildest mountain wilderness you will ever experience.
Your assigned-seat ticket includes a sandwich buffet for lunch and a dinner featuring a choice of hot entrees served buffet-style in the dining car.
Private guiding and private instruction offer an opportunity to rapidly expand your skills and maximize your climbing time.
Many climbers recognize the value that one-on-one instruction provides by accelerating the learning process through personalized attention. If you have a specific climb or goal in mind, hire a local and stretch your limits!
Nestled in the scenic South Branch Valley of the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, Valley View Golf Club is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s best-kept secrets.
With its new 5400 square foot clubhouse, Valley View offers a snack bar, pro shop, locker rooms, and a gorgeous covered deck to enjoy after your round is completed.
The North Fork Mountain Area is part of the Seneca Rocks Unit of a National Recreation Area. It extends for 24 miles between US Routes 33 and 55. On its ridge crest is the district’s longest trail, the 23.8-mile North Fork Mountain Trail.
Escape from the crowds when you visit Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, located in the peaceful South Branch Valley of West Virginia. Nestled in Petersburg (near Seneca Rocks and Dolly Sods) and surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest.
Eagle’s Nest Outfitters offers you the perfect setting and 80 miles of river for canoeing, fishing, camping (exciting whitewater or just plain relaxing).
Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing are fun, easy to learn, inexpensive, and healthy ways to spend some of your free winter time.
Since ’79 we have taken pride in our wholesome natural foods cafe, unique laid-back atmosphere, curvy exciting trails, and backcountry ski specialty shop. Our day lodge provides close access to some of West Virginia’s most treasured high country.