5 West Virginia Hidden Gems

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We all know the West Virginia staples like New River Gorge Bridge, Summersville Lake, and Coopers Rock. Lucky for you, we here to help you take the path less traveled to some amazing locations. In West Virginia, there is no telling what you will find. Following along with us as we explore some of West Virginia's hidden gems!

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1. West Virginia Wildlife Center

Having an appreciation for the environment and the wildlife in West Virginia is so important. Leave the hefty price tag and some of the guilt from a trip to the zoo, by taking your family to the West Virginia Wildlife Center. Sure to please and fascinate, this hidden gem houses only native species. Admissions for this educational attraction are $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-15 years of age, and children under 6 are FREE!! We love this hidden gem and hope that you take the time to visit.


2. Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park

Just off of I-79, this lake is secluded and quiet. Avoid the hustle and bustle of Cheat Lake or Summersville Lake by taking your aquatic adventure here. Fishing, boating, swimming, you name it and Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park has it. If you don't feel like renting, bring your own gear and hit the lake on your own time. We highly recommend this lake for a hot summer getaway or even an early spring float!

3. Pietro's Castle

Located in Morgantown, this hidden gem is definitely hidden. Most locals are even unaware of its presence in their hometown. Built by Thoney Pietro as a testament to his Catholic faith, this residence has since been transformed into Calvery Chapel and opened for the public. The landmark is perfect for a rainy day adventure when in the mood for something historical! 

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4. Douglas Falls

Headed to Blackwater Falls? We have a falls on your way that is a must-stop! There are just a few recommendations for visiting Douglas Falls. First, bring sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting wet and/or dirty. Second, make sure to bring a car that does not have a low bottom clearance. (You'll thank us later) Finally, only bring able bodies for the hike down to the falls. The trail down is very steep and muddy! Once you make it down to Douglas Falls, you won't be disappointed by the gorgeous towering waterfall and the serene setting. 12/10!!

5. Palace of Gold

Talk about a culture shock and hidden gem! This beautiful piece of architecture stands out among our West Virginia hills, but you would never know it was there. On the grounds, there is so much more than just the palace. Swans and majestic peacocks roam the property seemingly unfazed by the presence of humanity. In the spring, the grounds resemble botanical gardens with an abundance of flowers and a couple of gorgeous ponds. We highly recommend you check this out!!