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Quick Facts
Designation: West Virginia State Scenic Byway
Fees: No fees.
Length, One-Way: 14 Miles (23.33 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 20 minutes to drive the byway; more to enjoy

General Information

Description - West Virginia Route 72 provides beautiful views of the Cheat River Canyon. The river remains close to its primitive state for nearly six miles along the route, and with the exception of the town of Rowlesburg, there is little development along the byway. In fact, certain sections of the road give travelers the sensation of complete isolation. Numerous pulloffs provide views of the rugged river canyon, Buckhorn Run Waterfall and the Tray Run Viaduct. The region is also known for the rail and industrial sites that support mineral extraction and the railroads that served them. With the growth of the whitewater rafting industry, the region is becoming equally well-known for its recreational opportunities.

Attractions - The Cheat River Byway is known for it's Cultural, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : This byway runs generally north to south. Take WV Route 7 east from Kingwood or west from Terra Alta to the WV Route 72 turnoff where the byway begins. Follow WV Route 72 south through Rowlesburg until its intersection with US Hwy 30 where the byway ends.

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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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