When warm weather sets in, there's no better place to be than outdoors. If you're looking for someplace green to spend this summer, consider heading east to West Virginia. Luckily, West Virginia is not far from big cities in neighboring states; yet its tranquil wilderness will make you feel like you're worlds away!
If you love to be outdoors, here's 4 things to do in West Virginia.
1. Gaze out from the East River Mountain Overlook in Bluefield, West Virginia
Considered by some to be the best thing about Bluefield, West Virginia, the East River Mountain Overlook is like a pot of gold after the windy drive up to it. It offers incredible views of the mountains and Bluefield!
Rated high on Trip Advisor, this is a must do if you love nature. There's also no charge to enjoy this well-preserved overlook.
Where To Stay: Bluefield Inn in Bluefield, West Virginia
If you take US-460 East, the Bluefield Inn is only 11 minutes from the East River Mountain Overlook in Bluefield, West Virginia! This elegant Southern mansion dates back to the early 1900s.
Here you'll find exceptional service, original architectural details, and luxurious amenities like dreamy beds and luxury linens!
2. Take a guided horseback ride to the top of Seneca Rocks
Traveling to the top of Seneca Rocks on horseback is a spectacular experience! If you're a little nervous about horses, there's no need. Yokum's Seneca Rock Stables train their horses to be calm and gentle with riders so the journey is always a peaceful and enjoyable experience!
Where To Stay: North Fork Mountain Inn in Cabins, West Virginia
Under 40 minutes from Yokum's Riding Stables is the North Fork Mountain Inn in Cabins, West Virginia! Often described as an outpost of luxury in the wilderness, this West Virginia bed and breakfast offers travelers a relaxing and romantic place to enjoy a mountain getaway.
Ed Fischer, the owner, is also a talented chef and experienced sommelier! You'll be delightfully amazed by his pairings and culinary creations.
3. Take a swing at the Cress Creek Golf Club in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
If golfing relaxes you, you must visit the Cress Creek Golf Club! This beautiful 18 hole championship golf course is an architectural masterpiece. Not only is it nestled along the dramatic Potomac River cliffs, it also features glistening ponds, rambling streams, and more.
If you love nature, you'll enjoy how well kept and scenic this golf course is!
Where To Stay: Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Less than 5 minutes from the Cress Creek Golf Course is the Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia! This is an easy getaway if you're located in big cities nearby. The Thomas Shepherd Inn is only 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD!
4. Kayak, whitewater raft, tube, or canoe the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers
There's something soothing about being out on the water. Whether you'd like an intense arm workout or a relaxing cruise, consider spending the day at the River Riders in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia!
The guides are knowledgeable and the scenery is beautiful. The company also offers zip lining, mountain biking, fishing, and stand-up paddle board rentals!
Where To Stay: Hillbrook Inn and Spa in Charles Town, West Virginia
Only 20 minutes from River Riders is the luxurious Hillbrook Inn and Spa in Charles Town, West Virginia! After a long day out on the water, let your sore muscles relax on one of the inn's plush beds or in its exceptional spa. The massage therapists at the Hillbrook Inn and Spa are amazing!
What would you like to do first? Do you have anything you'd like to add to our list of things to do in West Virginia for outdoor lovers? Let us know in the comments below!