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Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway- This byway follows Highway 39 from the top of Allegheny Mountain on the Virginia state line at Rimel, west past Knapp's Creek, across the Greenbrier River, past the Falls of Hills Creek and on towards Richwood and Summit Lake.
Cheat River Byway- 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
Farm Heritage Road- We have no information on this byway at present.
Highland Scenic Highway- This highway, located in the Monongahela National Forest, traverses through river valleys and up onto mountain ridges, providing breathtaking vistas and scenic walks through mountain bogs and cranberry glades.
Little Kanawha Parkway- As this byway winds along the Little Kanawha River in east-central West Virginia, it traverses rustic farmlands and quaint rural towns.
Midland Trail- Before the development of interstates, the Midland Trail was the main route through the West Virginian mountains for trucks and autos.
Northwestern Turnpike- This byway includes the section of US 50 traversing Preston and Taylor Counties. The many small communities that dot the landscape along US 50 owe their existence to the commerce along the old Northwestern Turnpike.
Old Route 7 Byway- Traveling east from the Monongahela River in Morgantown to the Maryland state line, WV 7 winds along Decker`s Greek, crosses the Cheat River in Kingwood, and climbs Briery Mountain to Terra Alta.
Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike- The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike byway follows the spectacular route of the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, which was one of the first major roadways over the Alleghenies into what was then western Virginia.
The Coal Heritage Trail- Capture the essence of AmericaÆs industrial heritage in the mountains and valleys of VirginiaÆs ôsmokeless coal fields.ö Become acquainted with the working-class culture of racial diversity through coal miner houses, railroad structures, and strip mines.
Washington Heritage Trail- Enjoy the flavor of early New England in places like Berkely Castle, Belle Boyd House, and HarperÆs Ferry. Also, encounter the lives of the Washington family at their estate of Claymont Court, or visit the Washington graves sites in historic Charles Town.

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Description - West Virginia offers seven state and National Forest byways and backways as well as four National Scenic Byways. Highland Scenic Highway, Midland Trail, The Coal Heritage Trail and Washington Heritage Trail make up the four National Scenic Byways in the state.

A West Virginia Backway is similar to a byway but offers a slower pace, in a more intimate relationship with the land. The backway roads may be considered recreational experiences and/or resources.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.

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Report: We stayed at a wonderful bed-and-breakfast, The Elkhorn Inn & Theatre on Rte 52, between Eckman and Kimball. The owners saved and are restoring this fabulous old (ca. 1900) bldg. and what they have done is amazing. The roms are adorable- full of vintage quilts and art and antique furniture. This are was really hit hard by the floods and what they are doing by restoring and opening the inn is really wonderful for the area. This is the 3rd time we've stayed there since they opened in May and we just love it. Hope they get their restaurant open soon so there's someplace nice to eat in the area! Saw Bramwell (cute gift store, historic coal baron homes), went to the day spa at Glade Springs and did the Coal Mine Museum in Beckley. Good Sushi (& live bluegrass music!) in Beckley at Hibachi Restaurant. Love those winding mountain roads! Next time whitewater!

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West Virginia - This small eastern state encompasses vast nationally-administered lands that provide excellent accessibility to many recreation pursuits. West Virginia is teeming with historical, natural and cultural resources.


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