West Virginia

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3+ adventure travel stars

Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls State Park

If you’’re looking for the best in outdoor adventures, then West Virginia should be at the top of your list.

They call this place “The Mountain State,” and within this part of the Appalachians you’’ll find some of the best white water rafting in the USA, and that’s just the beginning.

You’’re going to find some of the best adventure experiences imaginable from hiking and backpacking to hunting and fishing.

There are also enough high-octane activities like paragliding, windsurfing and snowmobiling to keep your adrenaline pumping for weeks.

For those who enjoy exploring different cultures you’’ll find an interesting way of life when studying this hard scrabble group of mountaineers who learned quick how to sustain themselves in what was sometimes an unforgiving environment.

The state motto is, “Mountaineers are always free.”” And you’’re going to be free to explore and discover some of the best in outdoor adventures when you vacation in West Virginia.

The bottom line: When you think of where you can go for incredible adventures in the great outdoors, a West Virginia vacation should instantly pop into your head.

This is a place where nature calls everyone who wants to experience a unique and picturesque holiday through all four seasons.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

When it comes to exotic where West Virginia is concerned, you have to look no further than the gorgeous scenery of the mountain landscapes. And when the wildflowers are in bloom, or the leaves change their hue, the scenery is simply stunning.

Imagine stepping out onto the porch of your rented cabin on a crisp autumn morning with a cup of hot coffee warming you’r hands. The birds are singing and you’re captivated by the purple, gold, red and green colors as you survey what seems like a surreal oil painting everywhere you look.

As you walk back inside to the sizzle of bacon and a hearty breakfast you plan your day of exciting outdoor adventures. Then you give yourself a pat on the back for making the decision to vacation in West Virginia.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

If you’’re under the impression that West Virginia is all about mountain adventures then you’’ve got some nice surprises to look forward to.

There’’s an interesting culture to explore filled with historical events involving the Civil War, the lively Bluegrass music and all the museums to enlighten and entertain you regarding the Appalachian culture.

One of most famous stories in American folklore took place in West Virginia:… the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.

When you visit the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park you can walk back in time more than 200 years and get a feel for what it was like to live in West Virginia during its early days.

Living in the mountains of West Virginia was a hard life and it goes to the core of the culture. Maybe the best place to get a taste of the West Virginian culture is the Tamarack in Beckley where you’’ll see incredible arts and crafts and interesting things related to the history and heritage.

A West Virginia vacation wouldn’’t be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. It’’s similar to Southern cooking, but has its own unique Appalachian flavor to it. Much of what you’’ll find is subsistence based, which means you’’re going to sample wild or cultivated plants, wild game, corn, berries and nuts.

You might even find some squirrel, possum or raccoon dishes if you look hard enough. Now there’’s a tasty adventure for you.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

If white water rafting is what you live for then West Virginia is definitely for you. Many rank the quality of the white water experience just behind what you’’ll find in Colorado (and West Virginia is typically a lot less expensive for tourists).

West Virginia is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors. You’’ll find some of the most picturesque settings for fishing, camping, hiking and canoeing. If you enjoy winter adventures you’’re going to have plenty of great opportunities for snow skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and ice climbing.

For those who enjoy adventures that are a little more tame, you’’ll find some excellent eco tours, nature trips and cultural tours.

Following is a more complete list of the exciting adventures waiting for you when you visit West Virginia.


  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing


  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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