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Passing through West Virginia

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Passing through West Virginia

Hi all,

My wife and I are making our annual trip to Louisville KY and we always drive through WV instead of the northern PA route. We'll be taking route 50 across and I know for a fact we're stopping in Weston but wanted to see if anyone could recommend anything worth seeing along that route since we'll be leaving on a Friday morning and don't have to be in KY until Sunday.

I appreciate any advice.

Thanks!

Wv
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1. Re: Passing through West Virginia

In Parkersburg, I think the boat ride and tour of Blennerhasset Mansion is great if you have the time.

blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/mansion.ht…

There is a pretty covered bridge just off US 50/I-79 at the Meadowbrooke Mall exit. If you are taking US 50 to I-79 into Pennsylvania you go right by the exit, and it is just off the exit before the mall.

https:/…Simpson_Creek_Covered_Bridge

Will you continue on US 50 to the panhandle or get off at i_79?

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2. Re: Passing through West Virginia

Thanks for the tip. I changed the route a bit because I figured this updated route would be more scenic. This what I'm pretty set on for now:

https://ibb.co/fNmPO5

Wv
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3. Re: Passing through West Virginia

In Davis you need to see Blackwater Falls. If you have the time, hike out to Lindy Point, about 1/2 mile, and stop at Pendleton Point in the park as well, all pretty views.

Wv
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4. Re: Passing through West Virginia

Also, if you take Rt. 219 up to Rt. 50 instead of Rt. 90 to 50 (just a small change) you can see the smallest church in 48 states. It is free to park and go in. There is a tiny post office there too...but I am not sure it is really a post office anymore.

tourpreston.com/2013/…

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5. Re: Passing through West Virginia

Black Water Falls offers several vantage points; we recommend the main parking lot and the short hike to the falls.

Nearby Canaan Valley State Park is also worth a visit.

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6. Re: Passing through West Virginia

Go see Berdine's Five and Dime in Harrisville, WV. Quaint little store, over 100 years old - has everything you can imagine and some you can't. About 5 miles off Rt. 50 from Ellenboro. Worth thelittle side trip.

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7. Re: Passing through West Virginia

Heading south to Blackwater falls we always detour to see the Fairfax Stone Historical Park near Davis W.Va. It's about 5 miles off the main road and we find it fascinating to gaze at the tiny trickle of water that marks the beginning of the Potomac River (as well as serving as state boundaries). If you expect something on a grand scale it will be disappointing, but how often do you get to see a place of of such historical significance with nobody else around?

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8. Re: Passing through West Virginia

50 is a nice, if a little slow at times drive. In Weston the 'Mental Hospital' has tours and is very interesting. And if you have a lot of time go by the Weston Fire Dept and see the statue my grandfather created for them....OK...not a real tourist attraction....but I go by when in town!!! Have a great trip!

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9. Re: Passing through West Virginia

You are planning a very scenic route. You'll enjoy the drive on Corridor H (also named US 48). There is a really funky little Mexican restaurant in Moorefield called the Stray Cat Cafe. Fun place for lunch: http://www.straycatmoorefield.com/

As you near Mount Storm, WV, you can exit and go north towards Oakland Maryland. Swallow Falls State Park is probably my favorite waterfall area (yes, better than our beloved Blackwater Falls). …maryland.gov/publiclands/…swallowfalls.aspx

Not sure of when your trip will take place, but the WV Strawberry Festival began this week in Buckhannon. Great festival that the entire town embraces.

http://www.wvstrawberryfestival.com/

Both Elkins and Buckhannon have small colleges with pretty campuses. And both towns have a location of one of our favorite restaurants in the state of WV... C.J. Maggie's

http://www.cj-maggies.com/

Just south of Buckhannon is the State zoo of West Virginia.

www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/wildlifecenter.shtm

And of course the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is an absolute "must" for a historical tour (or a scary haunted tour - they do both).

http://www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/

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