Center State Ramble A Covered Bridge, the Wildlife Center, and Historic Helvetia

Philippi, West Virginia

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A 71-mile drive on paved roads through the gentle hills of central West Virginia. It features unspoiled small college towns, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, and the historic town of Helvetia. The small towns of central West Virginia have a charm that reflects their pastoral location, friendly residents, and easy living. This 71-mile drive starts near the covered bridge and mummies of Philippi. You then head south to Buckhannon, home of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and continue to French Creek to view the bison, elk, and river otters of the West Virginia State Wildlife Center. From there it’s through unspoiled woods and hills to Helvetia, restored to look as it did when settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869.The drive gets a little bit more rugged beyond Helvetia, but with views to match the hills and curves, and ends at Mill Creek. All roads are paved two-lane. Special Attractions: The Philippi covered bridge and mummies, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, and the Swiss town of Helvetia. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving West Virginia

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Scenic Driving West Virginia

by Bruce Sloane (Falcon Guides)

A 71-mile drive on paved roads through the gentle hills of central West Virginia. It features unspoiled small college towns, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, and the historic town of Helvetia. The small towns of central West Virginia have a charm that reflects their pastoral location, friendly residents, and easy living. This 71-mile drive starts near the covered bridge and mummies of Philippi. You then head south to Buckhannon, home of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and continue to French Creek to view the bison, elk, and river otters of the West Virginia State Wildlife Center. From there it’s through unspoiled woods and hills to Helvetia, restored to look as it did when settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869.The drive gets a little bit more rugged beyond Helvetia, but with views to match the hills and curves, and ends at Mill Creek. All roads are paved two-lane.

Special Attractions: The Philippi covered bridge and mummies, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, and the Swiss town of Helvetia. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Bruce Sloane/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Philippi
Distance: 71
Season: Year-round, although some attractions closed in winter
Driving Directions: Directions to Center State Ramble: A Covered Bridge, the Wildlife Center, & Historic Helvetia

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