Virginia/West Virginia Monongahela Forest

  • Start: Hillsboro, WV
  • End: Nitro, WV
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:31
  • Total Mileage: 370 Miles
  • Number of stops: 11


The first place to visit along this tour of western Virginia and West Virginia is the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum. The famous writer was the first woman to win both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes in literature. See Droop Mountain Battlefield, the site of the largest Civil War battle (November, 1963). Next, travel to the Monongahela National Forest and visit Cranberry Glades, a botanical area home to plants that typically grow only in the Canadian tundra. Continue north to Charleston and tour the state capitol building. The capitol boasts a 300-foot-high dome and is made of steel and smooth limestone. The building was designed by the architect of the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Supreme Court buildings, Cass Gilbert.

Stop #1:

Pearl Buck Birthplace
Hillsboro, WV

Stop #2:

Watoga State Park
Marlinton, WV

Stop #3:

Droop Mountain Battlefield
Hillsboro, WV

Stop #4:

Monongahela National Forest
Elkins, WV

Stop #5:

Cranberry Glades
Richwood, WV

Stop #6:

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
Beckley, WV

Stop #7:

Babcock State Park
Clifftop, WV

Stop #8:

Glade Creek Grist Mill
Clifftop, WV

Stop #9:

Charleston State Capitol
Charleston, WV

Stop #10:

Charleston Cultural Center
Charleston, WV

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