Cheat Mountain Backway
US250, US92, US219, Elkins, WV 26241
The Cheat Mountain Backway is takes you through mountains, valleys, and those hairpin turns that fill you with excitement. This small section of the original Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike runs south of Highway 250. It has switchbacks up to the top of Cheat Mountain where, from the summer of 1861 until spring of 1862, Union troops camped at the Civil War Cheat Summit Fort. The Monongahela National Forest site, Cheat Summit Fort, is fully interpreted with trails and an overlook. The turnpike route past Cheat Summit Fort is now impassable, so the backway returns to the highway via the more direct Cheat Summit Fort road (marked by signs.)
Hop back on Highway 250 and continue to Durbin and take a right onto US92 to go to Greenbank. Check out the Greenbank Observatory and join any one of their three tours and explore the fascinating world of radio astronomy. They are open year-round, but the hours of operations vary. You can either continue to Marlinton and head back to Elkins via US 219 or come back the way you came.