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Midland Trail National Scenic Byway

Midland Trail National Scenic Byway
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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.
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kesibmik
Shakopee, MN566 contributions
I loved this drive. We started in Charleston and drive down to Hawk Nest State Park. The views are amazing. The Kanawha Falls are beautiful. The views from the overlook at Hawk Nest State park are breathtaking. For added fun, take Hwy. 19 from Midland trail to New River Gorge Bridge and check out the engineering marvel. If you have time take the scenic drive to the bottom of the bridge and Fayette Station. Overall I loved this whole area.
Written September 17, 2010
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roozoo
Rotherfield, UK237 contributions
My boyfriend took me on the Midland Trail the first time I came to visit in 2006 and we followed Highway 60 through Kanawha, Fayette, and Greenbrier county from Charleston to Lewisburg. There was nothing but picture postcard scenery every where you look. It's no wonder West Virginia is one of the most photographed states in the union ... even the rough dilapidated areas have a romantic charm of nostalgia associated with them. I'm so glad he was driving, as I was hypnotized watching the fog and mist cascade over the mountains as we drove.

We had a wonderful time white water rafting on the New River, hiking out to see the Civil War burial site in Lewisburg, and visiting the lovely Greenbrier Resort where we went on the tour of the Cold War Bunker. We've traversed along the Midland Trail a number of times now and I always see something new and never get tired of watching the seasons change a long this stretch of road ... it's amazing regardless what time of year! Just make sure you're with a local when you're traveling this road, because the scenery can be very distracting in areas.
Written October 14, 2009
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bobby a
Saint Albans, WV35 contributions
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The best part of this drive is from Charleston eastward. The key here is to take your time and enjoy it all. There is so much to see. It starts out as a flat curvy road and turns into a mountainous and VERY curvy road after Gauley Bridge and Kanawha Falls. Be sure to stop at Kanawha Falls, the beginning of the Kanawha River which runs right in front of the Capital Building and flows into the Ohio at Pt. Pleasant, where the Mothman Prophecies with Richard Gere was filmed. Also be sure to check out Hawks Nest, Chimney Corners and the New River Gorge Bridge. Spectacular views at all of them. At Hawks Nest several hundred men lost their lives building the train tunnels under the mountain due to silica dust.The New River Gorge Bridge is over 900 ft above the river below for which it is named and one of the countries best white water rivers. A lot to see.
Written September 14, 2012
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ManningAvenger
Sellersburg, IN1,342 contributions
Solo
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.
Written July 13, 2014
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chazzq
Maryland362 contributions
Couples
We've driven sections of this on a couple of occasions, and it is worth the effort. Some particular highlights - the Mill Trail between Ansted and Hawk's Nest State Park is a great 4 mile round trip hike along a stream bursting with waterfalls; the thrift stores in Rainelle; the North House Museum and staying overnight at the General Lewis Inn; and the accommodations at the Glen Ferris Inn. We met the mayor of Ansted twice in two days, for what its worth. On the negative side, the restaurants are pretty pedestrian; even the food at the Glen Ferris Inn is very inconsistent.
Written March 31, 2013
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G F
Winston Salem, NC40 contributions
Family
Please go online to find addresses and descriptions of historic sites along the route (www.midlandtrail.com). It makes for a more enjoyable and interesting journey. Plan to take some time checking out the sights along the way. Dont miss Hawks Nest and the Gorge Bridge. Food options are better in nearby Fayetteville (dont miss the turnoff of the highway) south of the Gorge.
Written August 21, 2014
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50988Mark_S
South Point, OH36 contributions
Couples
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!
Written June 10, 2014
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Robin G
Charleston, WV308 contributions
Driving along the Midland Trail is a nice break for those used to traveling the interstate. The scenery is pleasant all year round.
Written September 17, 2012
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Kaym528
Charleston, WV2 contributions
Its a really nice ride. When we go to Summersville lake we always travel Rt. 60 because you pass Kanawaha Falls, Gauley Bridge, Gauley Falls, and Hawks Nest.
Written May 11, 2012
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tgw51
Lincoln, NE351 contributions
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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!
Written July 13, 2014
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