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Where in West Virginia

Somerset, Kentucky
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Where in West Virginia

i am planning a trip to wva may 17-20. the drive is about 5 hours from the house, so although a short trip, it is somewhat of a short drive to most of the state. here's the problem. i have only driven through the state and don't have a clue as to where to stop for a few days.

i am bringing along my 22 year old son and wife. whitewater rafting and sightseeing are the primary goals. obviously can't cover a lot of ground do not want to. want one place to stay for the duration.

want to stayi in a neat lodge/hotel/resort, away from the super 8, etc. crowd. greenbrier is affordable but looking for something else, more woodsy and classic, maybe unusual, with some basic amenities, although not into sharing bathroom facilities. just something unique.

definitely leaning toward the new river area, but honestly don't know why except for the fleeting familiarity.

hope this info helps. thanks for your replies.

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1. Re: Where in West Virginia

I am from WV and have done some vacationing in my home state over the years. I am familiar with the New River Gorge area, so I can comment well on the area, but it seems you are open to other suggestions. My question is rafting your #1 reason for visiting WV, or would you consider a different place if there was great sight seeing and a beautiful lodging option? I know that you may want lots of activity with a 22 year old son.

An alternative suggestion other than the NRG:

Cannan Valley/Tucker County: More of a winter destination, quiet in the off season. High elevation, so cool in the spring & summer. Great hiking, mountain biking, natural sights. Davis, WV has a few, but very good restaurants. Blue grass music at the Purple Fiddle. Blackwater Falls State Park.

http://canaanvalley.org/ http://www.purplefiddle.com/


Dolly Sods, unique hiking and sights>> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_Sods_Wilderness

About an hour drive to Seneca Rocks. Easy hike to top of the rocks, rock climbing schools>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_Rocks

About a 45 minute drive north into Maryland take you to Deep Creek Lake. Very developed, lots of activities. Even an artificial whitewater park.


Just made a post a day ago on this forum regarding the New River. See on post titled "Need Help Planning Whitewater Rafting Trip". Chris

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Adventures on the Gorge would be my recommendation for a great family vacation. Located on the New River Gorge in Lansing, WV, Adventures on the Gorge is the parent company of Class VI Mountain River.


My family has whitewater rafted here, my best friend and i did the Treetops Canopy zipline, and my daughter was married here 16 months ago...we live about 3 1/2 hours away and feel fortunate to live so close to such a wonderful destination.

Rock climbing, rappelling, and other activities are available, and the food is fantastic. We stayed in one of the deluxe cabins during our daughter's wedding weekend and couldn't have been more pleased.

Somerset, Kentucky
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thanks for the comments and suggestions. we are still formulating our plans, which will definitely include whitewater rafting, but still not sure exactly where, although the lower new river is a possibility.

we will report back here after the trip with reviews, comments, etc.

again, thanks

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I would suggest looking into the Stonewall Jackson Resort or the Pipestem State park lodge or the Greenbrier.

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