The native garden at Sandstone visitor center, off Exit 139 of I-64, offers a vivid place to see local wildflowers and butterflies. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can learn the history of the New River while walking on the beautiful tile floor that displays a map of the river’s watershed.
Princeton’s information center off I-77/R460 is a perfect place to recalibrate during a long trip. The welcome center features a unique outdoor memorial and fountain honoring those who served in Vietnam. Inside is a charming gift shop that offers West Virginia made crafts such as quilts, pottery, woodwork, glassware, and a variety of local foods.
J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center sits in the hills just north of Mt. Hope and serves as a gateway into the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Created in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, this has been a window for travelers, welcoming them to the mountain state.
Take a break from the road in White Sulphur Springs at the West Virginia welcome center off I-64, mile-marker 179. You’re encouraged to stretch your legs on the scenic trail that overlooks The Greenbrier, and take advantage of the outdoor picnic tables and grills available at the welcome center.
Located off Exit 45 of I-77, The Tamarack is a one-stop-shop for everything West Virginia. The plaza offers regional cuisine, a fine arts gallery, artisan demonstrations, live theater, and a conference center. We wouldn’t be surprised if this stop became a final destination.
Photograph by Nikki Bowman.