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Midland Trail (Scenic Highway 60)

Midland Trail Scenic Highway Association, 405 Capitol Street, Suite 409, Charleston, WV 25301
304-343-6001
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Ranked #8 of 32 attractions in Charleston
Type: Trails, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Owner description: One of the oldest and most scenic routes in the United States, the Midland Trail, or old U.S. Route 60, offers a delightful 119-mile journey across... more » Owner description: One of the oldest and most scenic routes in the United States, the Midland Trail, or old U.S. Route 60, offers a delightful 119-mile journey across south central West Virginia. Outdoor enthusiasts head for the Greenbrier River Trail, which offers over 80 miles of well-marked hiking and biking paths. History buffs can stop off at any number of historic sites including the Old Stone House, a reminder of what life was like for the industrial pioneers. « less
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This route takes you through some of the depressed areas of West Virginia. But the people you'll meet are very friendly, and the scenery along the river is great. Truck traffic can be a hassle on this route, so a week-end visit makes a lot of sense. Bring your camera... I guarantee that you'll use it!

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Sellersburg, Indiana
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99 reviews 99 reviews
42 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My GPS routed my on US 60 from Charleston to New River Gorge. It was shorter distance (and cheaper) than taking the turnpike. The best parts were along the Kanawha & New River. The waterfall at Glen Jean was beautiful. The road can be slow, especially when following a slow vehicle or encountering road work.

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South Point, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Love the scenic views of the rivers, streams, and waterfalls. A fall drive is a must! Beautiful in any season though but watch your speed! We picked up a ticket just before Gauley Bridge. A great inexpensive day!

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Warrenton, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We took the Midland Trail scenic road after coming up from The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Since we had done those other sight seeing trips, the Midland Trail was not the scenic trip it might have been. We enjoyed the drive from Charleston, WVA but it lacked much of the high country vistas that we... More

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Madison, WV
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a great scenic drive through Charleston and throught out the eastern part of WV. By a vehicle is good but I love this highway via a ride on a motorcycle and on a weekend is a lot better (no coal trucks) and a good bet it to turn at Chimnney Corner that will take onto Fayetteville onto the... More

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Brownstown Township, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We took a drive on Route 60 through the mountains and found it very beautiful. We really wanted to ride the Jet boats at Hawks Nest but they were only opened on the weekends and we arrived on a Monday, very disappointed. They open during the week in October, closed on Wednesday only. I know it would be so beautiful... More

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Fort Worth
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

This road is an amazing trip from US19 to Charleston this road is so scenic as it goes up Gauley MT. This road passes by countless beautiful small towns on the way to Charleston as transitions from the mountains to the valley . Definitely a must do while in West Virginia.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

One of my favorite paths to take. My family lives outside the capital off the Midland Trail. You can truly see the character of WV, driving up and down roads like these. Going through places like Glasgow, seeing the numerous locks and coal mills directly off the road. Culture up these roads is so dynamic, seeing completely broken down housing,... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

On Route 60, there are truly breathtaking views. The road, however, is as crooked as a barrel full of snakes. If you are prone to travel or motion sickness, be forewarned: Dramamine is a necessity! Also be aware that unless you are accustomed to driving on our crooked roads that you will need to take it slow: some of the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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306 reviews 306 reviews
150 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Driving east from Charleston you will pass through coal country, which is scenic in its own way. Then you drive along a very serpentine trail w/mountains and gorges/rivers on either side. A taste of this beautiful state.

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