"The Mountain State: West Virginia" Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Things to Do Tip by deecat

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  Glade Creek Grist Mill, West Virginia
by deecat

Because West Virginia has few areas of flat lands and is part of the Allegheny Mountains, it has acquired the nickname of Mountain State.

Like its mountains, West Virginia is a beautifully rugged state with plenty of opportunities for nature and adventure lovers.

White-water rafting has been popular since the early 1960s. Skiers enjoy the deep snows and abundant trails and lifts in the state. Mountain bikers love the "wilds" of West Virginia. Rock climbers from all over love to scale the steep Cliffs at New River Gorge. And, finally, Cavers are still discovering uncharted caves of West Virginia.

In addition, hikers and birders enjoy the national forests and other acres the state has set aside to preserve the scenic beauty of this historic state.

What I admire most about the state is the spirit of its people who have struggled for years with the uncertainties of the coal-mining industry. Even though the stte is one of the most economically disadvantaged, it is rich in natural wonders & human spirit. The unique folk culture of the mountain people still survives today.

I most enjoyed these places in West Virginia:

Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shenandoah Valley.

Quaint village of Shepherdstown with its James Rumsey Steamboat Museum.

The town of Harper's Ferry (site of John Brown's raid on a U.S. Military Arsenal).

General stonewall Jackson's birthplace, Clarksburg.

National Cemetery in Grafton.

The Philippi Covered Bridge in Barbour County.

The Glade Creek Grist Mill.

Gold-leaf domed state Capitol in Charleston.

Bramwell Historic District in Bramwell (once home to 14 millionaire coal barons).

The beauty, diversity, & spirit of West Virginia makes it a memorable state in America.

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  • Updated May 9, 2005
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