My Favorite Spots in West Virginia
There are many great natural points in West Virginia—those I have been to and those I have not, like the New River Gorge for example. Never seen it with my own eyes.
I love my home state, and it took me about 23-24 years to come to terms with it. For almost my entire life, I was resentful of growing up here, but now, I couldn’t be more appreciative of this space. As is our motto, it truly is “Wild and Wonderful”.
There are some outdoor points in West Virginia I have a strong connection to, but there are also a few random locations which I want to note as well, without giving too much of an anecdote. So, without further ado, allow me to gush about my home state!
Lindy Point Overlook at Blackwater Falls State Park
This is by far my favorite place in West Virginia. There is just something about it, how strange the rock formation is over the observation deck. The adrenaline and thrill it requires to get to the tip of Lindy Point. I have very fond memories of this place, which aids in my connection to it a lot. I remember having adorable snow ball fights and warm hugs and hilarious conversation and intense inspiration. That’s all I have to say about it, really. It incites awe and pure happiness in me.
4th Avenue in the city of Huntington
What an amazing night 4th avenue could bring me! Some people are pessimistic about Huntington, but I wholeheartedly believe it is because they haven’t looked at it hard enough. 4th avenue is home to some of my favorite bars in the state (The Lantern, The Ale House), as well as my favorite theatre I have ever been to, the haunting and luxurious Keith Albee, which I spent an exorbitant amount of time in. My goodness.
I have so many memories visiting the various restaurants (especially Black Sheep, which used to be right on the college tip, between 3rd and 4th) and shops down that strip. Late night walks, some slightly tipsy and some not, some very cold and some sweltering hot. 4th avenue led down to Pullman Square and very close by at the far end was Heritage Station, which I LOVE! On the opposite end is Marshall University, close to some of my favorite buildings on campus for all of the meaning they have on my overall enrichment as a person. 4th avenue is connected to most of everything I love about the city. Definitely a place worth scavenging.
I’m not going to go into detail on Seneca apart from the fact I probably did a bit more rock hopping than what would be considered safe for an inexperienced hiker. It provides a view unlike any other. Everyone in the world should see Seneca.
the independent coffee shops wv has to offer
This should come as no surprise to anyone, since so much of my adult life (and this is no exaggeration) has been shaped by my time working at Joe N’ Throw Co-Op in downtown Fairmont. It developed an intense love for coffee, but not only for the flavor, but the community surrounding it. Those who stop to pause and be involved with their community over a delicious beverage is one of the greatest small pleasures I have found in my adult life. Some of my other favorites include Terra Café in Morgantown, Serenity Café in Parkersburg, and TipTop in Thomas.
I want to send a shout out (though they will never see this), to the West Virginia Tourism board. They have done a phenomenal job about highlighting the beauty and fun West Virginia has to offer. I know their efforts have brought people here, and I appreciate them a great deal.
Thanks for reading. Cheers! x