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Tours + Packages

Potomac Highlands

  • GROUP RIDES from Bath Cycles in Berkeley Springs offers group rides and also promotes a triathlon and a point-to-point race.
  • Bike tours and rentals from Blackwater Bikes in Davis. Day and overnight camping trips for all skill levels in Monongahela National Forest and Greenbrier River Trail.
  • Bike tours, rentals, and lodging from Elk River Touring Center at Slatyfork. Co-owners Gil and Mary Willis are authors and publishers of two mountain biking guides.
  • Bike tours, rentals, and log cabin lodging from High Country Connections, located 2 miles east of Cass on WV 66. One-day group rides in the Monongahela National Forest and on the Greenbrier River Trail. Civil War battlefield tour, Gaudineer virgin forest tour, stargazing tour on Bald Knob and Spruce Knob.
  • Bike tours and rentals from CMI Outfitters, located in Franklin near Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks at the junction of US 220 and US 33. One-day group rides in the Monongahela National Forest and area backcountry roads. Custom tours available.
  • Bike tours and weekend packages at Snowshoe Mountain Resort feature 120 miles of trails accessible with trail pass. Hosts NORBA American Mountain Bike Challenge.
  • Bike tours, rentals, and bunkhouse lodging at Elkins BIKEWORKS. Hosts for Mountain Bike Rampage and other bike events.
  • Bike Tours, shuttles, and rentals on the new Cranberry/Tri-Rivers Trail and the Cranberry Backcountry from Four Seasons Outfitters in Richwood.
  • Rail Excursion on Cass Scenic Railroad. On WV 66 at the Greenbrier River is the restored version of the company lumber town of Cass. Take a 90-minute train trip to the top of Cheat Mountain, or a 4-hour trip to Bald Knob. Shopping, dining, lodging available in Cass.
  • Guided tour of Cranberry Glades Wilderness Area and Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center located at junction of WV 150 and WV 55. Regular tours at 2 pm on Sat. and Sun. during summer. 35,000 acres of bogs and forests evoking Alaskan tundra, with more than 90 caverns carved by underground erosion. No biking here, but well worth the footwork.
  • Guided horseback tours: Cacapon Resort State Park on US 522 south of Berkeley Springs ; Watoga State Park, WV 39 near Hillsboro ; Clearwater Stables, adjacent to Snowshoe ; Allegheny Outfitters, off WV 28, Arbovale.
  • Guided tour of Seneca & Smoke Hole Caverns in Germany Valley, featuring the largest ribbon stalactite in the world, the second highest room of any known cave, and crystal cave where trout swim.
  • Guided rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, one of the best vertical climbs in the east. Tuscacora sandstone walls go straight up for 960 feet.
  • Free Tours of National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank on Route 92/28, 28 miles northwest of Marlinton. The largest steerable radio telescope in the world. Cameras welcome.


New River / Greenbrier Valley

  • Bike tours (guided and self-guided), rentals, trails, lodging, and restaurant by ACE Whitewater.
  • Bike tours (guided and self-guided) from Ridge Riders Mountain Bikes in Fayetteville. Rentals, repairs, outfitters shop, and deli are also available.
  • Bike tours (guided and self-guided), shuttles, and rentals on the Greenbrier River Trail from Free Spirit Adventures and Bike Shop in Lewisburg.
  • Bike tours (guided and self-guided), shuttles, and rentals from Allegheny Outdoor Center, just three miles north of White Sulphur Springs. Offers a mix of tours, including biking, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking.
  • Biking, canoeing, fishing, tubing tours on the Greenbrier River with the Greenbrier River Campground at Ronceverte. Shuttle services included. For a more detailed account, see "Tour Packages in the Mountain State".
  • Biking, rafting, and canoe trips. Join the 100,000 river fans who raft the New River on an all-day course of 15 miles and the many thousands that raft the Gauley river in the fall. More than 20 outfitters conduct whitewater trips from easy family outings on the upper New, to challenging class IV and V rapids on the lower stretch below Cunard.
  • New River jet boat tours and aerial tramway rides are available at Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. Feature grand views of the gorge and a 31-room lodge with restaurant and gift shop. Blue Circle Ranch in Bradley A& J Stables in Oak Hill ; Babcock State Park Stables in Clifftop ; Grandfather Hollow Wilderness Campground in Athens ; Pipestem Resort State Park and Equestrian Center. Riding tours and carriage rides are also offered at Swift Level Farm near Lewisburg. Built in 1827, it is now a 150-acre bed and breakfast facility.
  • Guided mountain climbing, with workshops and seminars for beginners to advanced climbers is available from the New River Mountain Guides in Fayetteville.
  • Underground coal mine tours at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine are offered daily by former miners in remodeled mine cars. Museum, gift shop, and campground. Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is located next door.

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Metro Valley

  • Ohio River Cruise on the Sternwheeler "Jewel City" at the beautifully landscaped Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. Hour-long narrated cruises are available from Wednesday through Monday, April through December.
  • Kanawha River Cruise on the Sternwheeler "P.A. Denny" at Haddad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston. An interesting addition to a leisurely bike ride along the river below Kanawha Boulevard in the historic East End district, offering two levels of pavement for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Customized and scheduled road tours will be available from Ridge Rider Bicycle Company in Charleston. Rentals, sales, repairs, and espresso bar.

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Mid Ohio Valley

  • Custom Bike tours in the Parkersburg area from Pedals and Paddles Bike Shop.
  • Group rides on the North Bend Rail Trail from Country Trails Bikes.
  • Bike tours on Blennerhassett Island. Ride across the Ohio River on Ruble's Sternwheelers and rent a bike to cruise around the site of intrigue and scandal in the early 1800s. Excursions begin at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg.
  • Fenton Art Glass Tours. Just north of Parkersburg in Williamson, glass blowing demos, plant, and gift shop tours are available year round.
  • Guided tours of Blackwater Farms Zoological Park, the 12-acre home for an eclectic collection of tigers, zebras, camels, monkeys, kangaroos, and more. From Parkersburg, take I-77 south to the next exit at Mineral Wells (Exit 170), follow WV Rt. 14 south for six miles, then turn right onto Slate Creek Road for 1.2 miles.

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Mountain Lakes

  • Bike Tours, shuttles, and rentals on the new Cranberry/Tri-Rivers Trail and the Cranberry Backcountry from Four Seasons Outfitters in Richwood.
  • Paddlewheel cruise around the woodsy inlets of 2,650-acre Stonewall Jackson Lake and its 82 miles of shoreline surrounded by an 18,000-acre wildlife management area. The busy marina has 360 slips for year-round mooring and boat rentals, attracting boaters and anglers by the thousands. Lunch and dinner cruises for up to 50 people are offered at the marina as a great way to end a hard day's bike ride.
  • Hot air balloon rides by Mountain Air Balloons in Buckhannon. Get high above your trail in a smooth and colorful ascent.
  • Instant skydiving from Sky High Adventures in Summersville. Get a bird's eye view of Summersville Lake and Gauley River. Thirty minutes of training for 30 seconds of exhilarating freefall, or a five-minute serene plane ride above the forest canopy. For details, call 304-872-0161.
  • Gauley River Rafting. Every fall Summersville Lake is lowered to make way for winter run-off, making world class whitewater rafting.
  • Guided Tour of Cranberry Glades Wilderness Area and Cranberry Mountain Visitor Center. See Four Seasons Outfitters listing under Potomac Highlands.

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Northern Panhandle

  • Bike Tours on Wheeling Heritage Trail. Approximately 14 miles of rail grade along the Ohio River at Wheeling have been converted into a paved bicycle and jogging path. A well-lit evening urban cruise along the downtown section below street level can be combined with browsing in the street level shops and a stop at Claire's Cafe and Bike Rental, where you can pick up a sandwich or rent a tandem bike for the afternoon.
  • Ohio River sternwheel cruise on the "Valley Voyager" from Wheeling and Wellsburg. 45-minute luncheon jaunts to three-hour sightseeing tours are available.
  • Palace of Gold Tours. Built by the controversial Hare Krishna group in the 1970s, this ornate structure stands on a ridge at Limestone, southeast of Moundsville just off US 250. If you have a taste for the exotic, the anachronistic, or are just spiritually curious, paid admission tours are available daily through its 10 rooms richly adorned with marbles and onyx, the Court of Roses gardens, and the Imperial Elephant Restaurant.

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Mountaineer Country

  • Biking, whitewater rafting, and boating with Whitetail Bicycles in the Cheat River area just east of Morgantown. For more details, see "Tour Packages in the Mountain State", page 33, or call304-291-2270.
  • Biking, hiking, and camping at Big Bear Lake Camplands.
  • Bike tours on the West Fork Rail Trail, featuring an inn-to-inn package with the Gillum House and the Acacia House B& Bs from Shinnston or Fairmont. Bike rental included. For more details, call 304-592-0177.
  • Guided rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest with Wilderness Gallery Rock Climbing School in Morgantown.
  • Railway excursions through the mountains of Preston County, a 2.5-hour ride from Kingwood.

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