Maple syrup drawing visitors to Pocahontas County

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Maple syrup drawing visitors to Pocahontas County
Hungry for sweets? The Maple syrup harvest season arrives in Pocahontas County in February. (Photo: Gabriel Gurrola)

The production of maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in West Virginia, and it's enjoying an economic resurgence while attracting a new group of tourists to the mountains—especially to the high Alleghenies.

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Pocahontas County, the loftiest county in the state, enjoys the freezing temperatures necessary to create some of the state's best maple syrups, and it's created an annual tour of sugar camps and syrupy venues that are attracting aficionados to the region.

On February 22 and March 21, two authentic sugar-producing farms will open to guests along with local restaurants and lodging and entertainment venues, according to Chelsea Walker, marketing director for the Pocahantas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"It's an absolutely amazing cultural experience, and then you have the option of dining at so many great restaurants and lodging in many remarkable places,"  Walker said.

Visitors may also tour the ski areas and attractions on Snowshoe Mountain, visit the Green Bank Observatory, and explore the restored town of Cass—all of which will be hosting syrup-related events.

Music lovers will also have the opportunity to attend Opry Night at the Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on February 22, featuring Bluegrass and traditional music by Born Old, Hazel Riley, and Robin Kessinger, and on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. for traditional Irish songs and music with Ceara Conway. Admission to both performances is $10 per person.

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Local syrups by Frostmore Farm, Fort Warwick Farm, Cassell’s Sugar Shack, and Beverage’s Sunrise Farm will be served at participating restaurants across the county.

Syrup for purchased will also be available at the  4th Avenue Gallery in Marlinton, at the Green Bank Arts Center in Green Bank, at the Levels Depot in Hillsboro, and at the Cass Company Store, Last Run Restaurant, and Leatherbark Ford Gallery at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

For complete information on maple-syrup events on both weekends visit the .


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