- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Travel to West Virginia, USA
No West Virginia travel plans are complete without visiting the state’s numerous Civil War sites and forts. The Belle Boyd House (childhood home of famous Civil War spy Belle Boyd who was later banished to England) creates an interesting picture of American life in the 1800s.
The capital of the Mountain State, Charleston is a warm and friendly city with a year-round farmer’s market and variety of amusements. On the East End, catch a baseball game at Appalachian Power Park and try a hot bologna sandwich, a local favorite. Charleston’s West Side is marked by well-known and well-loved family businesses and eateries. West Side also hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the wiener dog race and ice cream social in June.
Cabwaylingo State Forest
Nestled in the southwest area of the state on more than 8,000 heavily forested acres, Cabwaylingo is the ideal destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Rent a cabin for a rustic retreat and hike the numerous trails, fish the trout stocked streams and enjoy the beauty of West Virginia’s countryside.
According to locals, the remnants of West Virginia’s civil war past have lived on and those seeking something unusual to do might enjoy a ghost tour of the many haunts spread across the state. The Haunted Cottage, located in the town of Harpers Ferry, is considered America’s premier paranormal training facility. The nearby National Paranormal History Museum provides further ghostly insights.
West Virginia has four distinct seasons, numerous state parks and countless striking vistas. One of the best ways to experience the most scenic areas of the Mountain State is by journeying on one of West Virginia’s four railroad services, which primarily operate in the fall.