Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Open Memorial Day Weekend through October
For schedules, reservations and information, call 1-800.Call.WVA or 304.456.4300

Located in the charming, historic town of Cass, WV, the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park transports passengers back in time for an unforgettable adventure. Restored company buildings and the Cass Country Store add to the charm and atmosphere of this quaint old logging town.

Re-live an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Today, train passengers experience breathtaking trips through mountain wilderness areas.

Cass Scenic Railroad offers three train ride destinations: Whittaker Station, Bald Knob, or Spruce.

Trip to Whittaker Station
Vintage Shay steam locomotives, using switchbacks, transport passengers up an 11% grade to a restored logging camp at Whittaker Station. The Shay logging locomotive was designed to climb the steepest grades and swing around hairpin curves.

Whittaker Station is a recreated logging camp of the 1940's which shows both the living quarters and the tools of the loggers. Here, you can leave the train and enjoy spectacular mountain views, rest, eat lunch, and see the authentic logging camp. Round-trip to Whittaker is approximately two hours.

Trip to Bald Knob
You may also travel to the top of Bald Knob, West Virginia’s second highest peak at an elevation of 4,842 feet. Located 11 miles up the mountain from Cass, you’ll experience a spectacular view into two states. The train will stop at Whittaker station. Round-trip to Bald Knob is approximately five hours.

Trip to Spruce
The now abandoned logging town of Spruce was once a bustling town. It was built in 1905 to meet the needs of the woodsmen working in the timber on Cheat Mountain. It was at one time the highest town in the East, and was accessible only by train. The site is along the beautiful Shaver's Fork of the Cheat. The train will stop at Whittaker station. The train ride round-trip is about five hours.

Special Entertainment Trains
Two Cass Scenic Railroad dinner trains add to the fun. Be sure to check out the schedule for the Fiddles and Vittles Trains and the Murder Mystery Train.

Beartown State Park

Open April through October
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One of the most intriguing scenic areas in the region is Beartown State Park, a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain. The area was donated to the Nature Conservancy by a private landowner; in 1970 The Department of Natural Resources acquired the property and a few years thereafter designated it a state park.

The Park is actually one large rock formation split into sections and clefts large enough for walkways. The Park is noted for its massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and unusual rock formations, which are comprised of Pottsville Sandstone formed during the Pennsylvanian Age. Faulting and erosion of the sandstone capping the mountain created a unique system of ‘sunken streets’ in this ‘town of rocks.’

The huge rock formations, deep caves, and dark corners invite the imagination to speculate if bears really do inhabit the vicinity.

A boardwalk allows easy access and interpretive signs provide insight into the fascinating ecology of the area. A picnic area and rest rooms are provided. The Park is located seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, WV on U.S. Route 219.

Watoga State Park

Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Weekends in May, September and November
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Largest of all the state parks in West Virginia, Watoga has over 10,000 acres of sprawling woodland filled with a multitude of recreational opportunities. Located just 14 miles south of Marlinton, the Park offers 10 modern cabins with heat and air conditioning open year-round. There are also 24 standard cabins open the last weekend in April through October.

The camping at Watoga is unsurpassed anywhere. Beaver Creek Campground has 12 of 38 sites with electrical hook-ups and Riverside has 38 of 50 sites with electric. If you lean more to the simple pleasures of camping, then you’ll enjoy Laurel Run. The Park also has two sites for trailer camping. No matter which campground you choose - peace and tranquility are plentiful.

The 11-acre lake, which was previously Lake Killibuck, is used for paddle-boating, row- boating and fishing. Cast your line to fetch a trout, bass, bluegill or even catfish! Don’t worry, if you fail to catch dinner at the lake - there is a restaurant on the property which serves tasty meals.

There are over 15 miles of road and 40 miles of hiking paths for enjoying the quiet beauty of the park. On any given day, visitors can spot deer and black bear as well as a plethora of Neo-tropical birds.

You won’t want to miss climbing Anne Bailey’s Lookout Tower or visiting the Brooks Memorial Arboretum. Fish in the Greenbrier River, swim in the huge outdoor swimming pool or paddle a boat on the lake – for water enthusiasts, there are hours of fun.

Watoga can be accessed north of Hillsboro from Route 219 or in Huntersville from Route 39.

Watoga History
Several teams of Civilian Conversation Corps (CCC) workers came to work on the Park after it went from state forest status to state park in 1934.

At the time, older farm homes were scrutinized with an objective to model the newly built cabins on the earlier built homes. The CCC tried to include all of the original homes' details. The lumber for the cabins was usually chestnut salvaged from an area mill.

After World War I, there was little metal around, so scrap metal was collected and fashioned for door latches and hinges. The cabins stand as a memorial to the dedication and perseverance of the CCC in replicating the era homes.

Whether you spend a day or a week, an experience at Watoga State Park is a memory just waiting to happen!

Seneca State Forest

Open April through November
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Seneca State Forest is an ideal place to enjoy tent camping or lodging in a rustic cabin, along with great outdoor recreation. The oldest state forest in West Virginia, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River.

Seneca is the name of an Indian tribe of the Iroquois nation, who inhabited the region in the mid-1700’s when white men began settling the area. More than 11,000 acres of lush forest woodlands is much like when the Indians inhabited the area – thick forests, plentiful ferns growing in the shade, bright spring flowers, and dozens of bird species who call the forest home.

Hiking enthusiasts will find over 20 miles of hiking trails varying from easy to difficult. The Allegheny Trail cuts through parts of the Seneca Forest and the Greenbrier River Trail, one of the state’s most popular rail-trails, runs through the Forest adjacent to the Greenbrier River.

Bicyclists will enjoy 40 miles of forest roads and trails that will challenge your skills. Most of the trails are derived from logging roads of long ago and so come equipped with bumps, dips, and mud holes.

The Greenbrier River runs along the edge of the Forest so bring your fishing pole. The River contains both Small-mouth bass and Rock-bass in the Seneca area. If you prefer, you can fish for Large-mouth bass or Bluegill in the lake.

One of the most unique features of the Seneca Forest is the old cabins built in the early 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Step back in time in the rustic cabins which feature gas lamps, wood-burning stoves, no running water or electricity, and outside toilet facilities. The large cabins can sleep groups or families and are available for four nights or more.

Evenings can be spent around an open campfire or enjoying a casual game of horseshoes or volleyball. The picnic area has a large shelter with picnic sites, tables and fireplaces. Drinking water is available on site as are rest rooms.

Seneca State Forest is located on WV Route 28, four miles south of Dunmore. Families and individuals can spend an entire summer vacation at Seneca State Forest – there is something to do for everyone.

After World War I, there was little metal around, so scrap metal was collected and fashioned for door latches and hinges. The cabins stand as a memorial to the dedication and perseverance of the CCC in replicating the era homes.

Whether you spend a day or a week, an experience at Watoga State Park is a memory just waiting to happen!

Monongahel National Forest

Marlinton Ranger Station
Greenbrier Ranger Station
Gauley Ranger Station

Within the border of Pocahontas County is more than one-third of the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest, a vast paradise of forest land and natural wilderness areas. It is home to literally hundreds of miles of trails and back roads for people to explore and enjoy.

The Monongahela provides a wide range of recreational opportunities, from backcountry camping and hiking to mountain biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and visitor centers are located throughout the forest.

Many outstanding Pocahontas County attractions are a part of the forest, including the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, Cranberry Backcountry, Cranberry Wilderness Area, Falls of Hills Creek and the Highland Scenic Highway.

From every entry point into Pocahontas County, thick canopies of pine, White and Chestnut Oak, along with maple, sycamore, birch, and Mountain Ash hang over the roadways.

During spring, summer and fall, thousand of visitors witness the dense forests of Pocahontas County where they fish pristine streams, hike serpentine trails and sweeping wilderness, mountain bike exhilarating ledges, and drive along breathtaking panoramas to view spectacular scenery.

For the ardent hiker there are hundreds of trails within the Mon (as the locals call it) just waiting to be challenged. Day hikes are popular in the region as there are many loop trails which provide moderate climbs and offer outstanding views. Bring your binoculars and cameras for there are many opportunities for dazzling photographs.

What better way to end a day of adventure than to doze off watching shimmering stars? Campers have their picks of primitive camp grounds. Regulated areas are posted but you still have the vastness of almost three-hundred-thousand acres to camp and enjoy the outdoors.

No matter what activities your family enjoys, the Monongahela National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities at varying levels.

The Monongahela National Forest is over 919,000 acres and lies within 10 counties in West Virginia, making it the fourth largest National Forest in the Northeast.
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