The scenic mountains, forests, and rivers of West Virginia offer many recreational opportunities. Bluestone National Scenic River runs 11 miles and contains natural and historic features of the Appalachian plateau. The lower Bluestone River offers excellent warm water fishing, hiking, boating, and beautiful scenery. North of the Bluestone National Scenic River is New River Gorge National River which is a rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, and is among the oldest rivers on the continent. See the site of the state’s first visitor information center in 1960 on top of East River Mountain. This attraction provides a breathtaking view of Bluefield and East River Mountain so be sure to bring binoculars and a camera to the observation deck.
In Bluefield, be sure to visit the Science Center of West Virginia and see hands-on science and technology exhibits such as light, electricity, magnetism, chemistry, eco-systems and weather. In southeastern West Virginia, visit Organ Cave which is one of the longest caves in the United States with over 40 miles of mapped passageways.