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Attractions

Welcome to the Attractions news directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Attractions Travel Guide for more information about attractions in West Virginia.

Charleston’s first board-built house still stands

The first board-built home in Charleston, the Craik-Patton House still stands near Daniel Boone Park.
Until 1834 nearly every residence in the Kanawha Valley near present-day Charleston was built of hewn timbers. Then along came James Craik, whose Greek...

Old Stone Face inspires new guide to rock faces in West...

David Sibray visits Old Stone Face at North Bend State Park near Cairo, West Virginia.
As often as I've visited North Bend State Park, I only just found out about Old Stone Face —one of many fascinating landmarks at...

Oil spilled from W.Va.’s largest well once reached Ohio River

David Sibray explores the capped Copley Oil Well near Weston, West Virginia.
Here in meadow along the upper reaches of the Sand Fork of the Little Kanawha River, it's hard to imagine that there was ever...

Legendary West Virginia springs attracting new audiences

Nothing compares to an old-fashioned bandstand, still at center of activity at Capon Springs.
Legendary springs across West Virginia are attracting new audiences among health-conscious people who long for a return to simpler times. Once supposed curative, "healing" springs...

Old “swastika building” near Beckley still turning heads

Once a sign of good luck, these emblems on an old building at Raleigh still turn heads.
"What can you tell me about the old building near Beckley with the swastikas on it? Was it built by nazis?" I'm asked some version...

Bald eagle survey highlight of Pipestem birding weekend

Bald eagle populations are growing in West Virginia
Bald eagles—never before seen in southern West Virginia—have become inhabitants over the last decade, and naturalists at Pipestem Resort State Park are inviting the...

Study: heritage tourism economic engine for W.Va.

Palisade at Pricketts Fort State Park, Mount Harmony, WV Marion County, Monongahela Valley Region
A recent study of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s AmeriCorps program suggests its heritage tourism programming is an important economic engine for West...

Storied West Virginia monument stands forgotten in woods

David Sibray visits the stone that establishes the base of the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
Finding it on a map is difficult. Hiking to it is even harder. But on a wooded hillside at the southwest corner of Pennsylvania...

North Bend hosts free beekeeping program Feb. 28

A honeybee pollinates a dandelion in West Virginia
Lushly forested West Virginia is a ideally suited to the production of rich, golden honey, and North Bend State Park is fostering the industry...

Cooper’s Rock fest celebrates winter fun Feb. 9

View from Raven Rock
The eighth annual Winterfest celebration at Coopers Rock State Forest Feb. 9 provides guests free hikes, introductory courses in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and...

W.Va. ramp feasts 2019: submissions for online guide sought

Cleaned ramps in Bowl
Is your organization sponsoring a ramp feast or festival in 2019? More than 30,000 readers used West Virginia Explorer's 2018 guide to ramp feasts...

Gov. Justice: Pipestem state park to add zip-line, canopy tours

Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel and Gov. Jim Justice announce an $11 million investment in new outdoors adventures coming to Pipestem Resort State Park in 2019.
Governor Jim Justice today announced an $11-million investment package for Pipestem Resort State Park that will include new outdoor-adventure infrastructure and updated park accommodations. Beginning...

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