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Attractions

Outdoor Recreation:

  • Bowden National Fish Hatchery: Produces more than 160,000 pounds of catchable fish each year, including the golden and brown trout used to stock area rivers.
  • Bowden Cave: 7 1/2 mile charted area.
  • Smoke Hole Cavern: Used by Seneca Indians to smoke their meat. Read more
  • Blackwater Falls State Park: Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. Read more
  • Cannan Valley State Park & Ski Area: Cross-country, downhill, and snowboarding. 34 slopes--ranging from beginner to advanced runs--with a vertical drop of 850 feet and the longest run at 6,000 feet. 30 kilometers of marked, ungroomed cross-country trails. Read more
  • Spruce Knob / Seneca Rocks: National Recreation Area
  • Monogahela National Forest: Multi-use trails are suitable for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Excursions led by experienced guides. Several recreation areas. (1/4 of Randolph county lies within the National Forest.)
  • Kumbrabow State Forest: Idyllic setting with fishing, hunting, and mountain biking in 10,000 acre area. Located on Rich Mountain, just off Rt. 219 at Huttonsville. Read more
  • Stuart Recreation Area Ski Trail: Cross-country Skiing on 2.5 mile trail. This is a good trail for beginners and short excursions. Located 5 miles East of Elkins off Rt. 33.
  • Alpena Gap: Built by the CCC in the early 1930s. Picnicking, hiking trails, scenic beauty, nature study. Located 9 miles from Bowden off Rt. 33.
  • Bear Haven Recreation Area: This area is for those persons who like to read books, hike, or just relax and enjoy the solitude that surrounds them. A remote area and very secluded. North of Bowden off Rt. 33.
  • Otter Creek Wilderness Area: 20,000-acre wilderness recreation area with access to hiking trails. An area is set aside for wilderness recreation and provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, spelunking, camping, fishing and nature study.
  • American Mountain Theater Read more
  • West Virginia Scenic Trails Read more
  • Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad: ¬†Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective - aboard any one of four unique trains. ¬†Read more

Historic Sites:

  • Davis & Elkins College: Highly ranked liberal arts college founded in 1904 with picturesque campus; located in nearby Elkins. Read more
  • Graceland Mansion: Built 1981-93, summer home of Henry Gassaway Davis, co-founder of Elkins; house named for daughter, Grace, and now part of the college. Read more
  • Halliehurst Mansion: Built in 1889 by Stephen B. Elkins, co-founder of Elkins; named for his wife, Hallie. Now part of Davis & Elkins College. A National Historic Landmark.
  • Downtown Elkins Historic District: 1893-1940 with late Victorian and early 20th c. architecture; covers 61 buildings and 28 acres. Read more
  • Rich Mountain Battlefield: Site of an early Civil War battle where a Union victory provided control of western counties and allowed for the new state of West Virginia to be formed. On the Register of National Historic Places. Near Beverly. Read more
  • Cheat Summit Fort (Fort Milroy): Constructed by Union troops in 1861 to control Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. Listed on the Register of National Historic Places.
  • Cass Scenic Railroad: Excursion to transport you back in time to the era of steam-driven locomotives. Read more
  • The Old Mill: Historic water-powered grist mill dating to 1877 and now a museum with local arts and crafts. Sited one mile north of Harmon.