West Virginia has quite a bit to offer tourists! One county that has all of the excitement an Appalachian adventure can offer is Fayette County! Below are three places you definitely to pay a visit while traveling through Fayette:
Babcock State Park is a gorgeous 4,217 acres of Appalachian scenery. The park lies in the middle of the whitewater rafting industry and is a hot spot for trout fishing. The peaceful sounds of the stream is guaranteed to make your experience in Babcock an exceptionally peaceful one. The park has a a variety of beautiful cabins for rent as well from mid-Spring through October. So if you are looking for a cathartic mountain experience, Babcock State Park is a must visit location in Fayette County!
10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge in Ansted, WV is Hawks Nest State Park. The park is a 270 acre area used for many recreational purposes. In addition to a beautiful 31 room lodge that offers an incredible dining experience, Hawks Nest also gives visitors the chance to hike rugged trails, ride jet boats, and has some of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the country. There is also an aerial tram system that visitors can ride for an opportunity to see the park from above. Hawks Nest has it all! If you’re in Fayette County and looking for a place that can offer you a wide variety of outdoor adventures, Hawks Nest State Park is a stop you’ll definitely want to make!
The New River Gorge Bridge is not only the most iconic landmark in West Virginia, it is also one of the most iconic places in the country. The bridge was completed in 1977 and became a huge help to commuters in the area by saving them almost a 45 minute drive, reducing it to less than a 60 second trip across the bridge. Aside from its practical functions, the bridge is celebrated as being the 3rd highest bridge in the United States and crosses the country’s oldest river, the New River. Every third Saturday of October, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce hosts Bridge Day. It is a festival that packs the bridge full of vendors, food, crafts, base-jumping, repelling and much more! Bridge Day has become one of the most cherished traditions in the state and is without a doubt a celebration that WV tourists should experience first hand!