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Wooded mountains, deep hollows, rushing rivers, and warm-hearted people—this is southern West Virginia, a distinctive part of the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range.
The New River Gorge was named the nation’s 63rd national park in 2020. Spanning several counties, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve encompasses the iconic New River Gorge Bridge, the breathtaking gorge, and 50 miles of whitewater ranging from mild to world-class wild—all that, plus hiking and biking through the second-highest biodiversity in the entire National Park Service system and miles of rock formations with some of the best climbing in the East.
The cultural center of southern West Virginia, Lewisburg is home to a lively visual and performing arts scene. You’ll find some of the most eclectic and finest dining in the state here, all in a gracious, historical setting. And don’t forget White Sulphur Springs and The Greenbrier. This renowned landmark has its roots in the 18th and 19th century practice of retreating to mountain springs in the summer months. Today its distinctive restaurants and suites, championship golf courses, elegant casino, and award-winning spa make it an international destination.
All around these vibrant communities, there’s a wealth of history, recreation, and entertainment. Tour the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, or drive the Coal Heritage Trail to learn the stories of the mining communities. Get loud and muddy with the top-notch off-roading of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System. Wet a line in some of the region’s best fishing streams, or bike the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail. Schedule your visit around one of our signature festivals, like the New River Birding & Nature Festival in May, the State Fair of West Virginia in August, or Bridge Day at the New River Gorge Bridge in October.