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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: West Virginia State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 116 Miles (193.33 Kilometers)
Time: 2-8 hours

General Information

Description - Before America became a nation, buffalo and Native Americans created this trail that pioneers traveled westward on. The Midland Trail's story is intertwined with colonial history, the Civil war, the country's immigrant culture, African-American history, and the nation's industrial heritage.

Before the development of interstates, the Midland Trail was the main route through the West Virginian mountains for trucks and autos. U.S. 60 was a classic, two-lane American road complete with roadside parks, pull-offs, small towns, souvenir shops, roadhouses, and motels. Today the Trail retains many of its vintage characteristics, and it has also become a destination for tourists seeking outdoor adventure and scenic beauty.

The Trail begins at the State Capitol and travels through an industrial culture, starting with the salt village in Malden. It passes by coal, chemical, and metal industries along the Kanawha River. The middle section of the Trail contains breathtaking natural scenery along the New River Gorge and at Hawks Nest State Park. The area provides world-class whitewater rafting and outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting. At the eastern end of the Trail, the panorama changes to rolling farmland that was settled during colonial days.

Lewisburg showcases museums and galleries on its restored Main Street, where you can find charm and traditional hospitality rooted in the proud heritage. The five-star Greenbrier Resort Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, offers fine dining, lodging, and recreational experiences such as championship golfing on the oldest golf course in the U.S.

Attractions - The Midland Trail is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The Midland Trail is marked along the way with brown roadside mile markers. Many of the places you will want to visit are located at specific mileposts. The major byway route is U.S. 60, beginning at the State Capitol. There are several ways to access U.S. 60.

  • From the north: Take I-77 from Parkersburg, WV, or I-79 from Morgantown, WV, to the intersection of I-64 at Charleston, WV. In Charleston, travel I-64 east/I-77 south to exit 99 at Greenbrier Street south. Follow Greenbrier Street south 0.5 miles to U.S. 60, and then turn left onto U.S. 60 east. This is the start of the Trail.

  • From the west: Follow I-64 to Charleston, WV. When I-64 connects with I-77, travel I-64 east/I-77 south to exit 99 at Greenbrier Street south. Follow Greenbrier Street south 0.5 miles to U.S. 60, and then turn left onto U.S. 60 east. This is the start of the Trail.

  • From the east: Travel I-64 west to exit 181, 2 miles from the Virginia border. Exit onto U.S. 60 west at White Sulphur Springs.

  • From the south: Follow I-77 north to Beckley, WV. At Beckley, you can go three different ways: (1) You can take WV 19 north to Hico where WV 19 intersects with U.S. 60, (2) you can travel I-64 east from Beckley to exit 181 at White Sulphur Springs, or (3) you can travel I-64 west to Charleston where the Trail begins at exit 99 at the State Capitol.

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Additional Information:
West Virginia Scenic Byways - West Virginia offers seven state and National Forest byways as well as four National Scenic Byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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