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Things To Do in West Virginia

West Virginia Spotlights

Seneca Caverns

Seneca CavernsLocated in Riverton in eastern West Virginia. Seneca Cavern has been open to visitors since 1928. Guided tours are given and last about 1 hour. Stratosphere Cave is the oldest recorded cave in West Virginia and the tour of this cave is more strenuous. Helmets and lights are issued for this 1 hour guided tour. CaveXplore teaches you all about caving and then you can spend 2 ˝ hours exploring a cave at your own pace, climbing, crawling and getting dirty. Visitors can also buy a bag of mining rough and do some gemstone mining of their own. Fool’s gold, rubies, rose quartz and garnets are some of the things you might find.

Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State ParkLocated in Ansted which is about 50 miles east of Charleston. This 276-acre park borders a rugged section of the New River Gorge National River which has some of the most challenging whitewater boating in the nation. The River Nature Center has interactive nature displays that allow you to experience life within the New River community. There are 5 trails in the park that give you views of the river or the waterfalls. The aerial tramway that takes you from the lodge to the marina at the bottom of the gorge is a main attraction here. When you get to the bottom of the gorge, you can take a ride on a jetboat. On this ride, you can see one of the world’s longest single arch steel bridges, the New River Gorge Bridge, that is 876 feet above the water. There is also an outdoor swimming pool that is open in the summer.