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Places to Visit in Pocahontas County and the Potomac Highlands

Pocahontas County CVB
The Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau has detailed information on all of Pocahonta's County attractions including maps. www.pocahontas.org

 

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park - Open Memorial Day Weekend through October
Located in the charming, historic town of Cass, WV, the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park transports passengers back in time for an unforgettable adventure.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 16 miles
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Green Bank Telescope)
Tour the NRAO and see first hand all 11 telescopes, including the Tatel Telescope which is best known for being used by Frank Drake for the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 8 miles
Greenbrier River Trail
One of West Virginia’s most successful rail-to-trail conversions and the state’s longest rail trail, the Greenbrier River Trail has been ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top ten hiking trails in the United States.  It is also very popular for bike riding.  Access is at Cass Scenic State Park.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 16 miles
West Fork Trail
The West Fork Trail, located in northern Pocahontas County, follows the old railroad grade 26 miles along the West Fork of the Greenbrier River, from the south trailhead in Durbin north to Glady.  The Trail has a very gentle grade and is exceptionally scenic with wildflowers in the spring and summer months and gloriously colored vistas in the autumn.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 3 miles
Allegheny Trail
West Virginia’s first long-distance hiking trail traverses Pocahontas County, passing through Durbin, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, the town of Cass, Seneca State Forest, and a portion of Watoga State Park.  The Trail is good for hiking, walking, or backpacking, but not recommended for wheeled vehicles or horses.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 3 miles
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
 The Durbin Rocket Excursion Train is a ten-mile, two-hour ride that leaves from Durbin and goes deep into the Monongahela National Forest on its scenic run along the Greenbrier River.  The early 20th century locomotive, Climax #3, is one of only three remaining Climax locomotives in the world.  Departing from the historic and beautifully restored C&O Railway depot in the heart of Durbin.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 3 miles
The New Tygart Flyer is a smooth climate-controlled passenger train departing on a 4-hour 46-mile excursion from Elkins.  On Sundays they also offer a 7-hour ride departing from Belington.  Both trips culminate at the inspirational “High Falls of Cheat,” a 150’ wide waterfall in one of the most remote & pristine settings of the eastern US.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 40 miles to Elkins Station & 54 miles to Belington Station
Snowshoe & Silver Creek Resorts
At an elevation of 4848 feet, Snowshoe boast great downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as a long list of winter amenities including snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and snow-mobiling.
They also have some great summer activities including golf at Raven Golf Club, boat rentals at Shavers Lake, scenic Lift Rides aboard the Ballhooter, swimming at Split Rock Pools in the Village and The Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park is nationally recognized as one of the best in the United States.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 20 miles
Seneca State Forest
Seneca State Forest is located on WV. Rt. 28, four miles south of Dunmore.  It is renowned for its scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 20 miles
Highland Scenic Highway

Whether you drive a Chevrolet, Cannondale or Harley, the ride along the Highland Scenic Highway, a beautiful corridor through the Monongahela National Forest, is a visual masterpiece!  The inimitable ride gives you a bird’s eye view of expansive dense hardwood forests, capped with opaque spruce.
The Highland Scenic Highway, a National Forest Scenic Byway, is the highest major roadway in West Virginia and extends 43 miles from Richwood to U.S. Route 219, seven miles north of Marlinton. The Highway follows State Route 39/55 for 21 miles from Richwood to the Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center.  It then turns onto State Route 150 for the 22-mile Parkway section and rises from an elevation of 2,300 feet to over 4,500 feet.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 42 miles

Kumbrabow State Forest
The forest is located along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands atop Rich Mountain.  The 9,474 acres of forest range from 3,000 to 3,930 feet above sea level, making Kumbrabow the state's highest forest.
Kumbrabow State Forest is located off US 219, seven miles south of Huttonsville.  US 219 Turn onto Rt. 219-16 (Kumbrabow Forest Road) at Elkwater and follow to forest.  Hunting: Deer, bear, turkey, bobcat and ruffed grouse are the most prevalent game in the forest. A state license is required for hunting, which is permitted in the forest in season.  Fishing: Mill Creek is a native brook trout stream whose swift cold waters provide many hours of good fishing with proper licensing.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 35 miles

Monongahela National Forest

The 21-acre Buffalo Lake is the largest trout stocked compound in Pocahontas County.  July through September, Smallmouth bass, Bluegills, and Channel catfish provide anglers with additional sporting opportunities.  The unspoiled lake is located off US 250, on USFS Rt. 54 in northern Pocahontas County.   Only boats with electric motors are allowed and swimming is not allowed.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 6 miles
Gaudineer Scenic Area is located near Gaudineer Knob of Shavers Mountain in Randolph and Pocahontas Counties.  It offers a breathtaking overlook and a good picnic area.  To reach the area travel west from Durbin on US 250 for 4 miles to Forest Service Road 27, then north on Forest Service Road 27 for 1.5 miles to the area. The Scenic Area is in the headwaters of Glade Run and Old Road Run, tributaries of Shavers Fork of Cheat River and West Fork of Greenbrier River, respectively.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 10 miles
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area & Nature Center
The Cranberry Glades is the largest area of bogs, or acidic wetlands, in West Virginia, a unique and exotic ecosystem on 750 acres.  This spectacular and beautiful area was established by the United States Forest Service in 1965, to protect and preserve over 60 unique plant species, many of them descended from seeds that took root here over 10,000 years ago.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 51 miles
Spruce Knob - At 4,861 feet, it is the highest point in West Virginia. As you travel the 10 miles from base to peak, the vegetation changes from hardwoods to alpine flora. Enjoy 360-degree views of the Monongahela National Forest and the Middle Mountain Range. The Spruce Knob Area offers hikers a vast backcountry to explore. Nearly 70 miles of trails wind through stands of red spruce, open meadows and along fast-flowing mountain streams.  Northern hardwood forests of maple, beech, birch, cherry and other trees cover most of the area creating a brilliant display of fall color.  This area also provides many opportunities to see spring and summer wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Freezing temperatures can occur any time of the year and the Forest Roads are not maintained during the winter, so call ahead for weather and road conditions.  Take Route 28 North and go left at FS 112 to reach beautiful Spruce Knob Lake – a popular fishing spot.  Spruce Knob Picnic Area is located on FS 104 – also reached via FS 112, which is the road to the top of Spruce Knob.  To come back, you can continue east on FS 112 to Rt. 33 and go south to Rt. 28 and follow that south back to the Hermitage.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 29miles (time is about an hour)
Seneca Rocks - Seneca Rocks is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia. These rocks are a magnificent formation rising nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River.  Popular as a scenic attraction and with rock climbers.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 35 miles

The Monongahela National Forest is too vast to list all the unique sites.  Please click on Special Places for even more information.

Civil War Sites

Rich Mountain Battlefield – Civil war site of the battle that made McClellan famous and Visitors Center.  From Beverly, turn west off of U.S. Route 219\250 onto Rich Mountain Road. (About 5 miles west of Beverly)
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 39 miles

Civil War enthusiasts can enjoy several sites and camps in Pocahontas County including Cheat Summit Fort, Camp Allegheny, and Camp Bartow.  These sites offer neither concessions nor services, but interpretive signage helps us imagine the history that occurred in these spots.
Cheat Summit Fort is about 8 miles away.  Head west on US-250, Turn left, (west) at CR-250.
Camp Allegheny is about 11 miles east on route 250
Camp Bartow was off Old Pike Rd, just across the river from us
The adventurous can drive the Old Pike Road from the Camp Bartow area to Top of Allegheny and then over to Camp Allegheny at US 250.

Historic Towns/Shopping/Antiques

Monterey, Virginia:  The Historic Town of Monterey is nestled in Virginia's Western Highlands.  It is the seat of Highland County and though it is best known for the Maple Festival, they also host a variety of other events throughout the year.  The 3 block main street is lined with appealing shops and historic buildings.  Stop by the Visitors Center in the Historic Highland Inn for a walking tour and other interesting brochures.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 23 miles Southeast on U.S. Route 250

Beverly, WV: Settled in 1753, but abandoned and permanently resettled in 1774, Beverly is one of the oldest and best-preserved towns in West Virginia. The historic district is a collection of 45 historic structures primarily built in six different architectural styles.  They also have a variety of antique and other shops.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 34 miles North on Route 250/219

Elkins, WV: Elkins has the distinction of being one of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.  There are plenty of opportunities for antique shopping and exploring the beautiful work of local artisans.
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 40 miles North on Route 250/219

Marlinton, WV: A quaint town at the intersection of 219 & 39 with a small historic district and a handful of shops
•   Distance from The Hermitage: 37 miles (Route 28 South to 39 West)

Located in northern Pocahontas County WV at the junction of routes 250, 92 and 28

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