Best Scenic Drives in West Virginia

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in West Virginia. Use this list to plan your next West Virginia scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Waterfalls of the Potomac Highlands Region


You don’t need to know much about West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands. Just show up and the region teaches you. There’s a scenic view around the corner, a trout stream down that road, a ski trail a few…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Parsons, WV - Hiking, Scenic Drives Best Trail in wv - Click to view allBestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#2. Canaan Valley Loop: Through the State's Highest Valley


A 45-mile loop drive in the Monongahela National Forest through the mountains and wetlands of Canaan Valley, the highest valley of its size east of the Rockies. Canaan (pronounced Ka NEEN) Valley is t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Thomas, WV - Scenic Drives - 45 miles Best Trail in wv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Berkeley Springs to Paw Paw: Springs, Spas, & Tunnels


A 30-mile drive from the baths of Berkeley Springs past the Panorama Overlook along Cacapon Creek to the Paw Paw Tunnel at the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic Canal. If there is a theme for this…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Berkeley Springs, WV - Scenic Drives - 30 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Spruce Knob - West Virginia Highpoint


The views from this highpoint are outstanding! The observation tower on top of Spruce Knob offers panoramic views of the forests and hills below. From the parking lot, follow the flat, gravel trail…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Seneca Rocks, WV - Scenic Drives
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#5. New River Gorge and Bridge: Into and Out of the New River Gorge


Twisting, curving, and descending 1,000 feet from the canyon rim to river level, this 16-mile drive follows the old highway into the gorge of the New River, crosses the river, climbs up the other side…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Lookout, WV - Scenic Drives - 16 miles
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#6. Dolly Sods Scenic Area: On Top of the Allegheny Front


This 30-mile drive within Monongahela National Forest climbs 2,500 feet up the steep Allegheny Front on a dirt road to magnificent views at the Dolly Sods, a windswept high plain with a climate and fl…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Scenic Drives - 30 miles
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#7. Waterfalls of the Mountaineer Country Region


For you non-West Virginians, “Mountaineer” refers to the West Virginia University football team, and not someone who lives in the hills. And you’d do well to remember that when in this part of the cou…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Grafton, WV - Hiking, Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Waterfalls of the Metro Valley Region


You won’t find much in the way of waterfalls in this part of West Virginia. It’s not that the region is any less mountainous and waterfall prone than any other part of the state, but most of the area…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Charleston, WV - Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#9. Historic Eastern Panhandle: Harpers Ferry to Berkeley Springs


From historic Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River, this 45-mile drive crosses the Shenandoah Valley to the resort mountain spa of Berkeley Springs. Harpers Ferry, the starting point and first stop for…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Harpers Ferry, WV - Scenic Drives - 45 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Potomac Highlands Loop: Seneca Rocks and Smoke Hole Canyon


A 72-mile loop in the magnificent Potomac Highlands along mountain streams, past towering Seneca Rocks and through unspoiled Smoke Hole Canyon. The Potomac Highlands includes the headwaters of the two…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Petersburg, WV - Scenic Drives - 72 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Farm Heritage Road Scenic Byway: Farms and the Spas of Yesterday


A 60-mile drive, part of the National Scenic Byway System, that has changed little in the last hundred years. The drive goes past farms, nineteenth-century springs and resorts, historic towns and buil…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Peterstown, WV - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Highland Scenic Highway Motorcycle Ride


The 22-mile section of this ride stretching over Black Mountain on the Highland National Scenic Highway compares best with the Cherohala Skyway, featured in my first book, Motorcycle Adventures in the…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Central Appalachians Book 3"
Summersville, WV - Scenic Drives - 90.6 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#13. Lost River and Cacapon River: Clear Streams & Gentle Mountains


A 55-mile drive that meanders along the headwaters of two crystal-clear streams through gentle mountains adjacent to the George Washington National Forest. Compared to the rugged ridges and crags of S…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Capon Bridge, WV - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Spruce Knob & Spruce Knob Lake: West Virginia's High Point


A 42-mile, curvy drive up the steep Allegheny Front to the observation tower at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4,863 feet elevation. From there, the drive descends to isolated Spruce Kn…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Judy Gap, WV - Scenic Drives - 42 miles
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#15. Kingwood to Cathedral State Park: Through the Cheat River Gorge


This 26-mile drive follows the gorge of the Cheat River and then visits the virgin hemlocks and hardwoods of Cathedral State Park. From Kingwood this 26-mile drive follows the gorge of the Cheat River…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Kingwood, WV - Scenic Drives - 26 miles
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#16. Seneca Rocks! Motorcycle Ride


Just getting to the start of this ride is a pleasure. You’ll enjoy well-paved roads, which deliver smooth sweeping curves and a couple of tight twisties. The scenery is unique and beautiful. Along t…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Central Appalachians Book 3"
Davis, WV - Scenic Drives - 91.8 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#17. Hawks Nest Motorcycle Ride


You don’t have to be named Hawk to enjoy this ride, but I sure did! To know the New River Gorge, you have to see more than the New River Gorge Bridge. Sure, the bridge is spectacular, but the gorge of…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Central Appalachians Book 3"
Fayetteville, WV - Scenic Drives - 57.2 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#18. Coal Heritage Trail: Bluefield to Beckley


A 97-mile, winding drive from Bluefield to Beckley through the heart of coal country past mining camps and owners’ mansion, mines, tipples, and company stores. This 97-mile drive passes through the he…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Bluefield, WV - Scenic Drives - 97 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. County Feud Loop Motorcycle Ride


This loop was named for the feud between the small towns of St. George and Parsons. The feud began in 1893 when the people of Parsons took the records of Tucker County from the town of St. George and…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Central Appalachians Book 3"
Davis, WV - Scenic Drives - 79.5 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#20. Athens to Lewisburg: Bluestone Gorge and Lake and Pence Springs


A 52-mile drive past a 900-foot-deep gorge and then along the meandering Greenbrier River. The drive passes steep gorges, scenic lakes, extensive caves, and historic buildings and towns. From the roll…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving West Virginia"
Hinton, WV - Scenic Drives - 52 miles
Published by Falcon Guides