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Beartown State Park- Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park- Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time and let you relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life.
Cranberry Wilderness- The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the William's River and the North Fork of the Cranberry River.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park- Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle.
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.
Monongahela National Forest- The rugged terrain of the Monongahela National Forest includes some of the highest elevations in West Virginia. Steep mountains are dissected by rivers and streams.
Seneca State Forest- Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area- Snowshoe Mountain is a ski resort located in Snowshoe, West Virginia, in the Allegheny Mountains.
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.
Watoga State Park - The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing and boating.

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Description - Pocahontas County was established by the Colony of Virginia in 1821 and named for the Indian Princess Pocahontas, a direct ancestor of then governor Thomas Mann Randolph. Encompassing a land area of 943 square miles, Pocahontas County is one of the largest in West Virginia, and with less than 9,000 inhabitants, among the least populated

The Monogahela National Forest covers most of Pocahontas County and protects unspoiled views of the Appalachian Mountains. The Cranberry Wilderness provides a rare opportunity to experiencing the Appalachians the way the Native Americans and Pioneers did. Add to that some great state parks and the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Area, and you have a phenominal destination for the outdoor recreation enhtusiast!

Attractions - The Monogahela National Forest and the Cranberry Wilderness provide a wide range of outdoor recreation experiences and preserve most of Pocahontas County as a truly "Wild and Scenic" destination. The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and nearby Cranberry Mountain Nature Center provide a wonderful educational opportunity for botanists of all ages including the ability to see rare insect-eating plants.

Beartown and Watoga State Parks and the Seneca and Calvin Price State Forests provide additional recreation activities. The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad provide some great opportunities to ride a steam locomotive.

Snowshoe Mountain is a year-round resort where you can enjoy the Southeast's best skiing and snow play in winter, or great outdoor recreaton and special events throughout the year.

Camp Allegheny, Camp Bartow and Droop Mountain Battlefield preserve historical sites from the Civil War. The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace preserves the home of the first American woman to receive both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pocahantas County offers some spectacular scenic drives including the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway, Highland Scenic Highway and Staunton- Parkersburg Turnpike.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory provides an exciting glimpse into humankinds quest to understand the cosmos. It contains the world's largest fully steerable single aperture antenna.

Recreation - A wide variety of recreation and education activites are available in Pocahontas County. This national treasure offers 500 miles of hiking/biking trails, and a myriad of camping opportunities. View undisturbed Appalachian vistas. Take a scenic train ride or drive a scenic byway. Visit a nature center, Civil War site or the birthplace of Pearl S. Buck. Explore the universe at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. In the Winter, enjoy skiing and other winter activities at Snowshoe Mountain.

Climate - Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Temperatures during the winter months typically 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. 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. Expect temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Pocahontas County is located on the Virginia border in the middle of the state. Access is provided by US highways 250 and 33. The major gateway cities are Marlinton in the south and Bartow in the north.

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Contact Information:
Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau, PO Box 275 , Marlinton, WV, 24954, Phone: 1-800-336-7009
, info@pocahontascountywv.com

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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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