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Daytrips to Consider

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Daytrips to Consider

Sightseeing
Bickel Knob Observation Tower is a mountain summit located east of Elkins here in Randolph County, and is home to one of the few remaining observation towers in the Monongahela National Forest used as a watch post for forest fires. In the past, there was a small cabin located on Bickel Knob, and forest rangers would take shifts watching for any fires. Bickel Knob is about a 45-minute drive from our cabin, but less than a mile from the cabin as the crow flies. It’s a wonderful drive, and to get to the top of the lookout tower, you must climb a few flights of stairs. The lookout tower offers panoramic views of the area that are breathtaking. https://www.summitpost.org/bickle-knob/362023
Bickle Knob Observation Tower
Bickel Knob Observation Tower is a mountain summit located east of Elkins here in Randolph County, and is home to one of the few remaining observation towers in the Monongahela National Forest used as a watch post for forest fires. In the past, there was a small cabin located on Bickel Knob, and forest rangers would take shifts watching for any fires. Bickel Knob is about a 45-minute drive from our cabin, but less than a mile from the cabin as the crow flies. It’s a wonderful drive, and to get to the top of the lookout tower, you must climb a few flights of stairs. The lookout tower offers panoramic views of the area that are breathtaking. https://www.summitpost.org/bickle-knob/362023
Bear Haven is a large natural formation of rocks located near Bickel Knob, 45 minutes from the cabin. You can hike, climb, and explore these rock formations for a great way to spend an afternoon. https://www.mountainproject.com/area/107551002/bear-haven Bear Heaven lies on a ridge high on Shavers Mountain near Bowden, WV. The site figures a lot of different boulders and climbing areas that are open to exploration. Some rocks are covered with lichens, so one should be careful not to disturb the local environment. There a few spots to set up top-rope, but typically good anchors are scarce, so bring some long slings or webbing. There are many boulder problems waiting to be named. Campsites are available for a small fee. From Elkins, go east on State Highway 33 for approximately 11 miles, turn left on Forest Road 91 at the top of Shaver's mountain. Follow Forest Road 91 for approximately 3 miles. Bear Heaven Campground will be on the left.
Forest Road 91
Bear Haven is a large natural formation of rocks located near Bickel Knob, 45 minutes from the cabin. You can hike, climb, and explore these rock formations for a great way to spend an afternoon. https://www.mountainproject.com/area/107551002/bear-haven Bear Heaven lies on a ridge high on Shavers Mountain near Bowden, WV. The site figures a lot of different boulders and climbing areas that are open to exploration. Some rocks are covered with lichens, so one should be careful not to disturb the local environment. There a few spots to set up top-rope, but typically good anchors are scarce, so bring some long slings or webbing. There are many boulder problems waiting to be named. Campsites are available for a small fee. From Elkins, go east on State Highway 33 for approximately 11 miles, turn left on Forest Road 91 at the top of Shaver's mountain. Follow Forest Road 91 for approximately 3 miles. Bear Heaven Campground will be on the left.
Seneca Rocks is a 45-minute drive from the cabin. It is a large crag and local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, USA. The south peak is one of a small number of peaks inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques on the East Coast of the United States. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces are a popular challenge for rock climbers. Seneca Rocks is easily visible from, and accessible by way of, West Virginia Route 28, West Virginia Route 55 and U.S. Route 33 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest. The three highways converge in the hamlet of Seneca Rocks, which is named for the cliffs nearby. https://virginiatrailguide.com/2009/10/10/seneca-rocks/
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Seneca Rocks
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Seneca Rocks is a 45-minute drive from the cabin. It is a large crag and local landmark in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, USA. The south peak is one of a small number of peaks inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques on the East Coast of the United States. One of the best-known scenic attractions in West Virginia, the sheer rock faces are a popular challenge for rock climbers. Seneca Rocks is easily visible from, and accessible by way of, West Virginia Route 28, West Virginia Route 55 and U.S. Route 33 in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest. The three highways converge in the hamlet of Seneca Rocks, which is named for the cliffs nearby. https://virginiatrailguide.com/2009/10/10/seneca-rocks/
Bowden National Fish Hatchery was built in the early 1960’s by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The WV Department of Natural Resources took over operation and ownership of the hatchery on July 1, 1997. The Fish Hatchery is approximately a 25-minute drive from the cabin. https://wvtourism.com/company/bowden-national-fish-hatchery/
Bowden State Fish Hatchery
Bowden National Fish Hatchery was built in the early 1960’s by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The WV Department of Natural Resources took over operation and ownership of the hatchery on July 1, 1997. The Fish Hatchery is approximately a 25-minute drive from the cabin. https://wvtourism.com/company/bowden-national-fish-hatchery/
Stuart Park Recreational Area, known as Stuart’s Park (or simply Stuart’s) by the locals, is set in a mixed forest along the banks of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. The facility is open 24/7 during open season which is Mid-April to the beginning of October. Foot-travel, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are welcome during the closed season. Here you can have access to a large swimming hole, BBQ pits, large fields to throw a frisbee, as well as hiking and meeting other people who are also enjoying the day. Stuart Park is approximately a 20-minute drive from the cabin via “the back way” and about the same distance following the hardtop. https://elkinsrandolphwv.com/place/stuart-recreation-area/
Stuart Recreation Area
Stuart Park Recreational Area, known as Stuart’s Park (or simply Stuart’s) by the locals, is set in a mixed forest along the banks of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. The facility is open 24/7 during open season which is Mid-April to the beginning of October. Foot-travel, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are welcome during the closed season. Here you can have access to a large swimming hole, BBQ pits, large fields to throw a frisbee, as well as hiking and meeting other people who are also enjoying the day. Stuart Park is approximately a 20-minute drive from the cabin via “the back way” and about the same distance following the hardtop. https://elkinsrandolphwv.com/place/stuart-recreation-area/
Green Bank Observatory is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile region of minimized radio signal interference designated by the US Government in 1958 to create a safe haven for radio astronomy. The mountains surrounding it naturally block terrestrial signals and it has always fascinated me. It is almost an hour drive from the cabin, and is another great way to spend an afternoon. Green Bank Observatory offers a science center, a café, and plenty of sidewalks so you can take strolls beside the large outdoor antennas. Originally created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1958 to protect the radio telescopes in Green Bank and Sugar Grove, the United States National Radio Quiet Zone has become a safe haven for many who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. It includes 13,000 square miles that spans West Virginia, Virginia, and a small part of Maryland. Due to the sensitivity of the telescopes, wireless technology is banned within the zone, and radio, cellular, and other broadcast transmissions are restricted to certain frequencies. The few permitted transmitters operate at reduced power using highly directional antennas. This makes it an ideal refuge for many severe EHS sufferers who find themselves able to live more of a normal life inside the Quiet Zone. https://greenbankobservatory.org/ 155 Observatory Rd, Green Bank, WV 24944 tel (304) 456-2150
Green Bank Observatory
155 Observatory Road
Green Bank Observatory is located in the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile region of minimized radio signal interference designated by the US Government in 1958 to create a safe haven for radio astronomy. The mountains surrounding it naturally block terrestrial signals and it has always fascinated me. It is almost an hour drive from the cabin, and is another great way to spend an afternoon. Green Bank Observatory offers a science center, a café, and plenty of sidewalks so you can take strolls beside the large outdoor antennas. Originally created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1958 to protect the radio telescopes in Green Bank and Sugar Grove, the United States National Radio Quiet Zone has become a safe haven for many who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. It includes 13,000 square miles that spans West Virginia, Virginia, and a small part of Maryland. Due to the sensitivity of the telescopes, wireless technology is banned within the zone, and radio, cellular, and other broadcast transmissions are restricted to certain frequencies. The few permitted transmitters operate at reduced power using highly directional antennas. This makes it an ideal refuge for many severe EHS sufferers who find themselves able to live more of a normal life inside the Quiet Zone. https://greenbankobservatory.org/ 155 Observatory Rd, Green Bank, WV 24944 tel (304) 456-2150
Cheat Mountain Salamander is an old restored train providing long and short trips into the high country forests of the legendary Cheat Mountain for a stunning rail excursion featuring great mountain vistas. This unique experience will take you back to a time when trains helped to build this country. Departing from Elkins, the train winds through mountains with exquisite views of nature, including wildlife sightings of bald eagles and black bears, while providing lunch and refreshments. The Cheat Mountain Salamander Train also offers the hugely popular Polar Express during the Christmas holiday season, as well as murder mystery train trips and dining trains. Short trips are 35 miles in 2.5 hours. Long trips are 8.5 hours over 120 miles. http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cheat-mountain-salamander/ 315 Railroad Ave. Elkins WV tel 304-636-9477
Cheat Mountain Salamander
315 Railroad Ave
Cheat Mountain Salamander is an old restored train providing long and short trips into the high country forests of the legendary Cheat Mountain for a stunning rail excursion featuring great mountain vistas. This unique experience will take you back to a time when trains helped to build this country. Departing from Elkins, the train winds through mountains with exquisite views of nature, including wildlife sightings of bald eagles and black bears, while providing lunch and refreshments. The Cheat Mountain Salamander Train also offers the hugely popular Polar Express during the Christmas holiday season, as well as murder mystery train trips and dining trains. Short trips are 35 miles in 2.5 hours. Long trips are 8.5 hours over 120 miles. http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cheat-mountain-salamander/ 315 Railroad Ave. Elkins WV tel 304-636-9477