20 Places to Visit Along West Virginia's Country Roads - Atlas Obscura Lists

20 Places to Visit Along West Virginia's Country Roads

The Mountain State is filled with surprises, from giant telescopes to elusive cryptids.

There’s a reason that John Denver described West Virginia as “almost heaven.” Nestled in the heart of the Appalachians—some of the oldest mountains on the planet—the state is filled with rocky peaks, deep cave systems, and rolling hills. More recent, human-made wonders are scattered throughout the rugged landscape, from the smallest church in the contiguous United States to a telescope that is a massive feat of engineering. These are just a few of the marvels you can find while exploring the hidden corners of the Mountain State.

Cabins, West Virginia

Smoke Hole Caverns

Spectacular mineral formations fill these caves, which have been used for everything from smoking meat to stashing illicit liquor.
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Dunmore, West Virginia

Thorny Mountain Fire Tower

This lookout tower built in the 1930s is now an in-demand cabin with what might be the best view of the Seneca State Forest.
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Mt Nebo, West Virginia

Summersville Lake Lighthouse

A lighthouse on this West Virginia lake started as a joke, then the forces of nature helped make it a reality.
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