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Shopping Malls & Movies
(Mercer County & Raleigh County, W.Va.)

Mercer Mall (Belk, JC Penney, Sears, etc.) and Cinemas 8 are 15 miles southwest of Athens on Route 460 near Bluefield. Crossroads and Raleigh Malls, as well as several cinemas, are just 35 miles north of Athens in Beckley. In addition, Pipestem Drive-Inn theatre is 4 miles north of Athens.
 

Tourist Attractions
Southern West Virginia is a popular tourist and recreation area. Consider these popular attractions:
 

Babcock State Park
(Fayette County, W.Va.)

  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Areas
  • Famous Gristmill
  • Swimming

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park
(Raleigh County, W.Va.)

  • Story of Coal Camp Life
  • Coal Mine Tour
  • Coal Mining Museum
  • Southern West Virginia Youth Museum

Big Walker Mountain
(Wythe County, Va.)

  • View of 5 States

Bland, Virginia
(Bland County, Va.)

  • Access to the Appalachian Trail

Bluestone State Park
(Summers County, W.Va.)

  • 2,000-acre Lake and Dam
  • Mountain Cottages
  • Boat Launch Ramps
  • Water Skiing
  • Annual West Virginia Water Festival
  • Picnic Areas
  • Camping Sites

Bramwell, West Virginia
(Mercer County, W.Va.)

  • Historic town, once home to more millionaires than anywhere else in the U.S.
  • Christmas Home Tours

Camp Creek State Forest
(Mercer County, W.Va.) 

  • Picnic Areas
  • Camping Sites
  • Nature Trails

The Cascades
(Giles County, Va.) 

  •  Hiking trails to a breathtaking waterfall that drops off to a natural spring.

Cass Scenic Railway
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  • Mountain Train Rides
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Craft Shops

Cranberry Glades
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  •  Unique high mountain outpost of northern plant life.

Droop Mountain Battlefield
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  • Civil War Battlefield

Fancy Gap, Virginia
(Carroll County, Va.)

  • Access to the Blue Ridge Scenic Parkway and the Skyline Drive

Grandview National Park
(Raleigh County, W.Va.)

  • Outdoor Dramas
  • Hiking/Scenic Overlooks

Greenbrier Resort
(Greenbrier County, W.Va.)

  • World Class Hotel & Dining
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Clothing and Boutique Shops
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Swimming

Historic Lewisburg
(Greenbrier County, W.Va.)

  • Historic Ft. Savannah Inn & Restaurant
  • Craft Shops, Restaurants, Boutiques, Greenbrier Valley theatre

Mountain Lake, Virginia
(Giles County, Va.)

  • Lodge & Dining
  • Mountain Cottages
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Film location for the movie "Dirty Dancing."
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  • Telescopes
  • Outer Space Listening Station
  • Satellite Tracking

New River Gorge National Park
(Summers County, W.Va.)

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Visitor's Center
  • World's longest single arched bridge, and America's 2nd highest bridge.
    (Fayetteville, West Virginia, 50 miles north of Concord)

Pinnacle Rock State Park
(Mercer County, W.Va.)

  • Hiking and Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Reservable Picnic Area

Pipestem Resort State Park
(Summers County, W.Va.)

  • Lodge & Dining
  • Mountain Artisan Shop
  • Aerial Tram Cable Car (1,000 ft. drop)
  • Cabins
  • Nature Trails/Hiking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Picnic Areas
  • Archery
  • Indoor Swimming
  • Golf (Home course of Concord Golf Team)
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking

Shot Tower State Park
(Wythe County, Va.)

  • Virginia Civil War Historical Site

Silver Creek Ski Resort
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  • Skiing
  • Lodge

Snowshoe Ski Resort
(Pocahontas County, W.Va.)

  • Skiing
  • Lodge
  • Mountain Biking

Twin Falls State Park
(Wyoming County, W.Va.)

  • Cabins
  • Nature Trails
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Indoor Swimming
  • Golf
  • Tennis Snowshoe Mountain

WinterPlace Ski Resort
(Raleigh County, W.Va.)

  • Lodge & Dining
  • Mountain Chalets
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Snow Tubing Park New River Gorge National

Call 1-800-CALL-WVA for more information about any of these and other area tourist attractions.
www.callwva.com

Last updated on Jun 27, 2013. Originally created on Sep 26, 2008. Report incorrect information.