Add These West Virginia Destinations to Your 2024 Summer Bucket List

It’s no secret that West Virginia is home to wonderful wilderness and jaw-dropping geology. With more destinations than ever to explore, Almost Heaven will find ways to add many Mountain State memories to your camera roll.

For an unforgettable season, venture to these stunning destinations on our 2024 Summer Bucket List.

Waterfall Fun

Oglebay Falls

Wheeling, West Virginia

Tucked away near Oglebay Resort in Wheeling is Oglebay Falls. Its unique double drop flows over a moss-covered floor and creates a scenic backdrop. Start your waterfall journey at Schrader Center, following the 0.8-mile out-and-back Falls Vista Trail. Experience one of the Northern Panhandle’s most picturesque spots.

Be sure to check in on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail for a chance to win waterfall-themed prizes!

Blackwater Falls

Davis, West Virginia

Blackwater Falls in Tucker County stands 57 feet high, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in West Virginia. The distinct amber color of its waters, dyed by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles, makes these falls so unique. Along the ADA-accessible Gentle Trail of Blackwater Falls State Park, you can easily snap a picture of the crashing cascades.

While you’re waterfall chasing, check in on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail for a chance to win waterfall prizes and capture your #AlmostHeaven selfie at the Almost Heaven swing!

Falls Mill

Braxton County, West Virginia

Just off U.S. Route 19 on Pleasant Hill Road in Braxton County is Falls Mill, a wide cascade spanning the entire width of the Little Kanawha River. Capture a truly panoramic snapshot of this expansive waterfall from the roadside overlook. After viewing the falls, relax and savor the day at the nearby picnic shelter.

Whitewater Rafting

River & Trail Outfitters

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

River & Trail Outfitters in Harpers Ferry offers river tubing trips on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. Located only one hour away from Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro regions, River & Trail Outfitters makes it convenient for city dwellers to take on the whitewater without having to plan out a lengthy trip. tubing, kayaking, canoeing, ziplining, biking, camping, hiking trips, climbing, cross-country skiing, paddling tours and more.

Adventures on the Gorge Resort

Lansing, West Virginia

Whitewater rafting on the New River Gorge is pure excitement and adventure, and you can experience it all here. Adventures on the Gorge offers memorable activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages at the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Also take up kayaking, fishing and stand up paddle boarding if you’re looking to broaden your recreational opportunities. While you are at it, we reccomend exploring the resort’s aerial canopy tours and zip lining.

River Riders

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Based in Harpers Ferry, River Riders offers many water exploration opportunities. Take on class I-III whitewater rafting on the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Looking for more ways to enjoy the scenic town? Try water tubing, canopy tours/zip lining, aerial forest adventure parks, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and much more.

ACE Adventure Resort

Oak Hill, West Virginia

ACE Adventure Resort is nestled into 1,500 wooded acres beside the stunning New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. ACE offers guided tours along world-class whitewater, with rapids ranging from Class III to Class IV. You can also take up ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and the obstacle-filled ACE Adventure Waterpark.

Stunning Stays

Appalachian Outpost

Lyburn, West Virginia

Escape to West Virginia’s great outdoors, where 25 cabin rentals reside on lush mountaintops overlooking the Guyandotte River below. At Appalachian Outpost, you’ll find all you need for a cozy stay during your thrilling, off-road adventure. You will have easy access to the ATV-friendly town of Man, machine rentals, a wash station and free machine parking.


Wheeling, West Virginia

For over a century, Oglebay in Wheeling has welcomed guests to explore some of West Virginia’s best features. Today, the picturesque property has expanded to 2,000 acres of year-round recreational activities, outstanding overnight accommodations and flexible space for meetings and events. New and advanced golfers alike will enjoy hitting the green on the resort’s four golf courses.

Tomlinson Run State Park

New Manchester, West Virginia

Known as the “top” State Park in West Virginia, Tomlinson Run State Park lies along the Ohio River, near the tip of the Northern Panhandle. Tomlinson Run State Park lies on nearly 1,400 acres of forested hills. During your getaway, you can rent one of five camper cabins, which are available to rent between April and October. Four camper cabins have electricity, and one camper cabin has electricity and water. Find your perfect stay at the Top of West Virginia!

Scenic Hikes

Unique Experiences

WV’s Highest Point: Spruce Knob

Despite being the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 feet, Spruce Knob in Pendleton County is easy to access. Visitors can drive to the top of the mountain, tracing their way past stunning, scenic vistas. Hike up to 75 miles of spruce-lined trails, many of which lead to scenic overlooks. To extend your exploration, visit Spruce Knob Lake and stay overnight on the mountain in a yurt.

Flatwoods Monster Museum

Sutton, West Virginia

Visit the Flatwoods Monster Museum located in the Braxton County town of Sutton, home of the Flatwoods Monster or “The Green Monster.” Displays include one-of-a-kind collections and artifacts, historic items, memorabilia, books and more. Flatwoods Monster-themed souvenirs are also available for purchase. Whether you believe in cryptids or are a new fan, you’ll find something to like while exploring this free museum.

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

Lyburn, West Virginia

Hatfield-McCoy Trails deliver thrilling adventures around every bend. Spanning across southern West Virginia, these trails comprise over 1,000 miles broken up into 10 systems. These trails run through Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties. There are trails for beginneƒrrs and experts alike. Explore ATV-friendly towns like Gilbert, Man, Logan and many more! Find new trails tucked between the mountains of West Virginia for an adventure like no other.

Charming Towns


Berkeley County

Discover and explore beautiful Martinsburg in charming Berkeley County. Here, you can shop in eclectic shops, stop by vibrant farmers markets, relax in an incredible salt cave, tour art galleries and try the delicious restaurants scattered throughout the area.

Harpers Ferry

Jefferson County

Many towns in Almost Heaven are forged in history, but Harpers Ferry is among the most significant. The town is situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and features some of West Virginia’s most unique historic landmarks. Learn about the events leading up to the state’s birth at sites like John Brown’s Fort and follow the footsteps of some of the most influential figures during the Mountain State’s early years and beyond.


Cabell County

Huntington sits along the Ohio River in Cabell County. This West Virginia city has a lively dining and nightlife scene, but it’s also perfectly suited for adventurers to slow down and enjoy the local charm. Huntington is home to Marshall University and praised local restaurants like Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House, Backyard Pizza & Raw Bar and countless others. Enjoy a warm summer day the Huntington way!


Jefferson County

West Virginia’s oldest town treats you to sophisticated restaurants, colonial ambience and old-world elegance. Shepherdstown is located along the banks of the Potomac River – just about an hour and a half from both Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Enjoy staple restaurants like Bistro 112 or Blue Moon Café, as well as professional theatrical performances at the Contemporary American Theater Festival during its summer run.

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Wanting to add a few more stops to your summer bucket list? You will find more in no time with ideas from our free West Virginia Vacation Guide.

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