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.

  • #1 Waterfalls of the Potomac Highlands Region

    2 Reviews

    Parsons, WV

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (16 total)
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    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 ...

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

    2 Reviews

    Thomas, WV

    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 ...
    •  45 miles
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    A 45-mile loop drive in the Monongahela National Forest through the mountains and wetlands of Canaan Valley, the highest ...

  • #3 New River Gorge and Bridge: Into and Out of the New River Gorge

    1 Reviews

    Lookout, WV

    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 ...
    •  16 miles
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    Twisting, curving, and descending 1,000 feet from the canyon rim to river level, this 16-mile drive follows the old highway ...

  • #4 Berkeley Springs to Paw Paw: Springs, Spas, & Tunnels

    1 Reviews

    Berkeley Springs, WV

    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 ...
    •  30 miles
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    A 30-mile drive from the baths of Berkeley Springs past the Panorama Overlook along Cacapon Creek to the Paw Paw Tunnel at ...

  • #5 Spruce Knob - West Virginia Highpoint

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    Seneca Rocks, WV

    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 ...
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    The views from this highpoint are outstanding! The observation tower on top of Spruce Knob offers panoramic views of the ...

  • #6 Dolly Sods Scenic Area: On Top of the Allegheny Front

    1 Reviews

    Petersburg, WV

    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 ...
    •  30 miles
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    This 30-mile drive within Monongahela National Forest climbs 2,500 feet up the steep Allegheny Front on a dirt road to magnificent ...

  • #7 Waterfalls of the Mountaineer Country Region

    0 Reviews

    Grafton, WV

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (2 total)
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    For you non-West Virginians, “Mountaineer” refers to the West Virginia University football team, and not someone who lives ...

  • #8 Waterfalls of the Metro Valley Region

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    Charleston, WV

    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 ...
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    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 ...

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

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    Harpers Ferry, WV

    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 ...
    •  45 miles
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    From historic Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River, this 45-mile drive crosses the Shenandoah Valley to the resort mountain ...

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

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    Petersburg, WV

    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 ...
    •  72 miles
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    A 72-mile loop in the magnificent Potomac Highlands along mountain streams, past towering Seneca Rocks and through unspoiled ...

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

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    Peterstown, WV

    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 ...
    •  60 miles
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    A 60-mile drive, part of the National Scenic Byway System, that has changed little in the last hundred years. The drive goes ...

  • #12 Highland Scenic Highway Motorcycle Ride

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    Summersville, WV

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  90.6 miles
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    The 22-mile section of this ride stretching over Black Mountain on the Highland National Scenic Highway compares best with ...

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

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    Capon Bridge, WV

    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 ...
    •  55 miles
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    A 55-mile drive that meanders along the headwaters of two crystal-clear streams through gentle mountains adjacent to the ...

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

    2 Reviews

    Judy Gap, WV

    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 ...
    •  42 miles
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    A 42-mile, curvy drive up the steep Allegheny Front to the observation tower at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point ...

  • #15 Kingwood to Cathedral State Park: Through the Cheat River Gorge

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    Kingwood, WV

    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 ...
    •  26 miles
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    This 26-mile drive follows the gorge of the Cheat River and then visits the virgin hemlocks and hardwoods of Cathedral State ...

  • #16 Seneca Rocks! Motorcycle Ride

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    Davis, WV

    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. ...
    •  3 hours
    •  91.8 miles
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    Just getting to the start of this ride is a pleasure. You’ll enjoy well-paved roads, which deliver smooth sweeping curves ...

  • #17 Hawks Nest Motorcycle Ride

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    Fayetteville, WV

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  57.2 miles
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    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 ...

  • #18 Coal Heritage Trail: Bluefield to Beckley

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    Bluefield, WV

    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 ...
    •  97 miles
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    A 97-mile, winding drive from Bluefield to Beckley through the heart of coal country past mining camps and owners’ mansion, ...

  • #19 Athens to Lewisburg: Bluestone Gorge and Lake and Pence Springs

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    Hinton, WV

    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 ...
    •  52 miles
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    A 52-mile drive past a 900-foot-deep gorge and then along the meandering Greenbrier River. The drive passes steep gorges, ...

  • #20 County Feud Loop Motorcycle Ride

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    Davis, WV

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  79.5 miles
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    This loop was named for the feud between the small towns of St. George and Parsons. The feud began in 1893 when the people ...