Whether you're a local or you're staying in the area, each week we'll feature day trip ideas starting in the region
West Virginia is well known for its vast expanses of stunning natural landscapes and many of them have been turned into National Parks for future generations to enjoy. One of the most unique wild spaces in the state can be found just six hours outside of D.C. at the Gauley River National Recreation Area; and although the drive is long, the wicked white water rapids and local history are enough to make up for the arduous drive.
With over 25 miles of river, the Gauley River has become the East Coast’s prime destination for white water rafting in recent years. With annual damn releases and a reputation for amazing rapids, the Gauley is an absolute must see. Boasting trips for everyone from beginners to the most advanced, the Gauley has a trip anyone will have a blast paddling through.
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield Park
Created in honor of an 1861 Civil War battle, this Battlefield has been preserved for historians to study and re-enactors to war on. Each year thousands of visitors wander the open field and take in the history of the Civil War for themselves. During the summer, re-enactors put on a spectacular show for visitors, so check out the website for dates and times.
Built in the 1960s by the army Corp of Engineers to protect local towns from floods, the lake has saved the community millions of dollars in flood damage and creates energy for nearby towns. A perfect getaway, the lake is known for its fishing, boating and area rock climbing. The adventurous can try snorkeling or scuba diving in the clear waters.