Who doesn’t love a good weekend drive? West Virginia is flush with amazing, windy, curving mountain roads. So why not plan a nice drive for the weekend and experience what West Virginia has to offer? Here are four of our favorite scenic mountain road trips to take from Huntington, West Virginia.
Highland Scenic Highway
On this drive you will climb from an elevation of 2,300 feet to more than 4,500. It’s 43 miles through the dense hardwood forest of the Monongahela National Forest. It provides four scenic overlooks where you’ll be able to pull off the road and take incredible nature pictures and really enjoy the view of the Allegheny Mountains.
RT 60 Midland Trail and the New River Gorge
Much longer than the Highland Scenic Highway, the Midland Trail is 180 miles and traverses the state on historic two-lane route 60. It gives you plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery, you’ll be able to learn some pioneer history, have some outdoor adventures, and even enjoy some local arts and crafts. Did we mention you’ll get to experience some incredible West Virginia food? Oh, and there’s waterfalls lining the drive. No big deal.
RT 32 Through Canaan Valley
A much shorter drive, but still so worth it is this 20 mile drive from Harman to Thomas. You’ll travel through the mountains on twisty roads and go through Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout this short drive you’ll be surrounded by the park and forest lands, and plenty of wildlife, so drive carefully. This drive will also provide some amazing waterfalls and you’ll be able to stop in the super sweet and hip towns of Thomas and Davis.
Coal Heritage Trail
This national trail will take you through coal mining history. West Virginia has many coal heritage sites throughout the entire state, which includes reconstructed mines, railway lines and stations, and even an underground mine tour. To see all these incredible areas you’ll criss cross the state through our spectacular West Virginia scenery.
While we love Huntington, West Virginia, everyone loves getting away for a little bit. Turn any of these drives into a weekend trip for your own mini-vacation, or get inspired and keep on driving and visiting other states.