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Looking for something to do?
Southern West Virginia delivers!

By Jim Holthaus, SWVCVB

With the advent of summer sneaking upon us, the Southern West Virginia CVB would like to share with you a few of the many things to see and do in the nine-county region of Southern West Virginia.

For those of you who are outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and climbing might be right up your alley. Southern West Virginia has been blessed with varied terrain and natural attributes lending this region to rank among the top outdoor destinations in the east. Need stress relief? Partake in an exhilarating whitewater rafting excursion or take a leisurely float trip on the New River offered by one of our area outfitters. Want to get Muddy? - Take a mountain bike tour or bring your own and traverse the trails in the surrounding counties including the Greenbrier River Trail, Hatfield-McCoy Trail system, Kaymoor Trail, and the Ansted Rail Trail to name a few. Learn a new skill or hobby like rappelling, horseback riding or scuba diving. The outdoor playground is calling your name!

In addition to outdoor recreation, there are numerous attractions you can put on the “to do” list this year. Visit Lost World Caverns, home to some of the most spectacular formations in the region. Located in Lewisburg, this exhibition of natural rock formations offers a 35-minute tour, a wonderful natural history museum and wild cave tours. Learn about state history and icons while you play a game of miniature golf at Mountain State Miniature Golf located on Harper Road in Beckley, behind The Little Brick House Gift Shop. Take in a show at Grandview’s amphitheatre presented by Theatre West Virginia or visit one of the many performing art centers within the region including: Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Carnegie Hall WV, Historic Fayette Theatre, Tamarack, and Ivy & Stone Council for the Arts. For a listing of area events log onto www.visitwv.com.

Let’s not forget the many fairs, festivals and other events scheduled in the upcoming months including Daniel Vineyards Annual Spring Wine Festival the third weekend in June. This is a great event to share with family & friends. For athletes - Captain Thurmond’s Challenge is calling your name. Held June 12, this triathlon will test your meddle in the water, on the roads and down the trail, visit www.captainthurmondstriathlon.com for details. ATV & dirt bike riders can head on down to the Hatfield-McCoy trails for Dirt Days June 29 - July 4. This is just a sampling of things going on in the region.
For an up-to-date listing of calendar of events, visit www.visitwv.com.

While it is nearly impossible to list all the things to do, places to see, stay and dine in our region, the Bureau has put together a comprehensive listing of our members in the surrounding nine-counties offering lodging, dining, shopping, services and attractions. We urge you to vacation right here in Southern West Virginia. With 10 state parks, 2 state forests, the New River Gorge National River and a plethora of activities to choose from, your own backyard can become your nearest destination.

To receive the regional official visitors guide for the area contact the Southern West Virginia CVB at 304.252.2244 or 800.VISIT.WV or visit our visitor’s center at Tamarack in Beckley, WV.