For centuries, the draw of the mythical Appalachian Mountains has beckoned explorers and travelers. Southwest West Virginia is a mountainous region that stretches all the way from the Cumberland Gap to the New River Valley. A primarily rural area, Southwest Virginia includes 17 counties and four cities. During the snow season, Winterplace Ski Resort presents the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia.
For centuries, the draw of the mythical Appalachian Mountains has beckoned explorers and travelers. Southwest West Virginia is a mountainous region that stretches all the way from the Cumberland Gap to the New River Valley. A primarily rural area, Southwest Virginia includes 17 counties and four cities. In the spring, rhododendrons, the State Flower, blankets the hillsides. The State Tree, the sugar maple, adds vibrant color to the autumn landscape.
Commonly abbreviated as SWVA, this southern most part of the commonwealth draws its culture from its Appalachia roots. Known for its spectacular scenery, sparkling waters, caves, crafts and friendly folks, the southwest region is a popular travel destination.
With literally thousands of miles of hiking trails, trophy trout streams, clear mountain lakes, museums, historical sites, fine dining, state parks, resorts, campgrounds, cozy mountain cabins, quaint bed and breakfast inns and superb shopping, Southwest West Virginia attracts young and old alike.
A compendium of recreational opportunities seems almost endless. Visitors enjoy rock climbing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, paddle boating, motorcycle touring, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, cross country skiing, ATV excursions, horseback riding, hayrides, downhill skiing, caving, snow tubing, snow boarding, backcountry snowshoeing, snow mobileing, geocaching, fall foliage tours, zip-lines, chairlift rides and more.
If your travels take you along Route 52, near Bramwell in Mercer County, be sure to stop at Pinnacle Rock State Park. It is one of the most interesting wayside parks in the state. An eye-catching landmark towering above the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia, Pinnacle Rock is a mammoth sandstone formation that stands 3,100 feet above sea level. For the adventurous explorer, the park offers over 8 miles of hiking trails. Nearby attractions include Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Bramwell Historic District, Camp Creek State Park and Forest, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, Winerplace Ski Resort and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia. For additional information and reservations, contact Pinnacle Rock State Park, Route 52, P.O. Box 1, Bramwell, West Virginia 24715 or call 304–248–8565 www.pinnaclerockstatepark.com
Winterpalce Ski Resort Offers Scenic Chair Lift Rides
Conveniently located off of Interstate 77 between Beckley and Princeton, West Virginia, the Winterpalace Ski Resort has long been known as a premier destination for winter fun. However, the resort is no longer just a winter destination. Visitors now come for the jaw-dropping views of fall foliage.
Terry Pfeiffer, president of Winterplace Ski Resort, announced, “We have been thinking about offering scenic chair lift rides for some time and decided this was the year to introduce this captivating and serene activity.” He added, “During September and October the temperatures are comfortable, the foliage is changing and the views are absolutely stunning with a wide spectrum of colors across magnificent vistas. On a clear day you can see for miles.” A chair lift ride at Winterplace is a great way to enjoy the clear mountain air, warm sunshine and breath-taking panorama.
During the snow season, Winterplace Ski Resort presents the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. Join in the fun. It’s a thrilling ride. Two super fast carpet lifts are provided to carry you back to the top of the hill to do it all over again. For snow skiers, Winerplace offers 27 trails and 9 lifts. After a fun-filled day on the slopes, enjoy fine dining in one of several restaurants or relax in the lounge. Live music rocks until midnight! For an informative brochure, to book lessons or to make reservations, contact Winterplace Ski Resortâ€¨, 100 Old Flat Top Mountain Roadâ€¨, Ghent, West Virginia, 25843 or visit their website at: http://www.winterplace.com/index.php