WEST VIRGINIA OCTOBER 18 - 22
Oct 18 Depart at your convenience. Fairfield Inn & and Suites 125 Hylton Lane Beckley, 25801
304-252-8661 $89 + tax Check in: 3:00 pm Special rate $89 available until Oct 4
465 miles, 6 hr 42 min plus stops
Dinner: Tamarack Place, Beckley, WV
Regional showcase of WV made arts and crafts including fine arts gallery. We will be photographing several bridges.
Oct 19 leave Hotel at 7:30
Hawks Nest State Park (overlook)
This is a stop on the way to Kanawha Falls
Photo opts: Falls, New River and Dam
Photo opts: the Falls
Lunch at Glen Ferris Inn 11:30 am 9022 Midland Trail, Rt 60, Glen Ferris, WV 25090
Close to Kanawha Falls
One of the most scenic and easy to access waterfalls in Southern WV. Wonderful spot for photographs
Thurmond City, WV
Photo opts: Appalachian Coal Town Consider Black and White photography
Grandview State Park Part of New River George National Park
Photo opts: dramatic scenery. Main Overlook is 1,400 feet above river.
Dinner Outback Steakhouse, 111 Hylton Lane. Walking distance.
Oct 20 Leave Hotel at 7:30
Babcock State Park 486 Babcock Rd, Clifftop, WV 25831
Photo 0pts: Glade Creek Grist Mill
Island in the Sky Trail. Moderate hike. Overlook shelter.
Round trip 0.4 miles 30-45 minutes. Easily accessible from Park Office and Grist Mill. Scenic Park with many photo opts.
Lunch: To be determined.
Photo opts: Farm country on high flat top country.
New River, Sandstone Falls, Brooks Falls, Bluestone scenic overlooks, wildlife
Sandstone Visitor Center, exit 139 on 64
Exhibits, maps and information
Sandstone Falls Park
Largest waterfalls on New River.
From the town of Sandstone head south to Hinton. You will be on Route 20. High above the river are two park vistas; Sandstone Falls Overlook 600 feet above river, Brooks Overlook looks down on a mile-long Brooks Island, a Bald Eagle nesting site.
Sandstone Falls parking available
New River Road
After crossing the bridge at Hinton you will begin driving alongside the New River downriver Road. There are great riverside vistas, river access points, a small boardwalk at Brooks Falls, a powerful Class III rapid. The journey ends at the Sandstone Falls day use area. There is a boardwalk and bridges that span the two islands below the falls.
Return to Beckley Fairfield Inn. Fastest is via route state rt 20 I64 - 25 mins.
Dinner 7:00 PM Pasquale. 224 Harper Park Dr. Beckley, WV 25801
Oct 21 leave hotel at 7:30am
Highland National Scenic Highway
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, four Scenic Overlooks on Rt. 150 (Parkway). Falls of Hill Creek.
Directions: From Beckley to Richwood via rt. 19 68 miles 1 hr. 21 mins
The Highland National Scenic Highway is 43 miles from Richwood to U.S. Route 219, miles north of Marlinton. The highway follows State Route 39/55 for 21 miles from Richwood to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. It then turns into State Route 150 (Parkway section) for 22 miles to U.S. Route 219. The Highway traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau and rises from Richwood, elevation 2325 feet to over 4,500 feet.
Falls of Hill Creek
Located 16-17 miles east of Richwood , WV on the way to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The Falls are 6 miles before the Cranberry Mt. Nature Center. Road to Falls is on right. Beaver dam is on left side of highway. There is a 0.3 mile paved path with viewing platform. The remainder of the three quarter mile trail to the second and third Falls is strenuous with stairways and boardwalks.
Cranberry Mountain Nature Center 22 miles
Located at the junction of rt. 39/55 and rt. 150.
Information about the National Forest and nearby attractions. The Center has an exhibit hall. 304-653-4826
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
The Bogs are a 750 acre wetlands. A half-mile long barrier- free boardwalk is available. The road to the Glades is located on rt. 39/150, 1/2 mile before the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center.
Four Scenic overlooks are located on parkway (rt. 150) portion of the Highway. The overlooks provide spectacular views of the Allegheny Highlands.
Lunch 1:00 PM, Greenbrier Grille, 814 First Ave. Marlington, WV 24945 304-799-7233
Marlington is located on U.S. 216
Directions: Richwood to Edray (take rt. 39/155 to rt. 15 48 miles
Edray to Marlington (take US 219 south) 4.1 miles 7 mins.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park 23 miles
Photo opt: Battlefield, park trails, museum
Droop Mountain is known Battle of Droop Mountain, the last major American Civil War conflict in WV. The park has an on-site museum with exhibits about, local history, the Battle of Droop Mountain, and Civil War artifacts
Beartown State Park 4.6 miles 9 mins
Photo opt: Boardwalk through unusual rock formation.
Some very hungry bears looking for photographers! A 110-acre natural area located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain. Beartown has unusual rocky formations, massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and deep crevices. The park’s half-mile boardwalk showcases these spectacular sights.
Return to Beckley Fairfield Inn 78 miles 1 hr. 26 mins. Fastest is via route 64
Dinner To be determined
Oct 22 Travel Home
Please go our Web page to register for the trip. Go to Programs, Trips, click on the WV trip for the link to register.