The picturesque landscapes of Randolph County are no secret to visitors and locals alike. It is nearly impossible to go anywhere in the county without being surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery. The vibrant rolling hills, the miles of river banks, and the gorgeous wildflowers lining hiking trails means there is a photo op everywhere you look.
Here are some of our favorite spots, that we feel best capture the beauty of Randolph County:
Take a long trek up the winding mountain road just past Stuart Recreation Area in Bowden and climb the tower for a complete panoramic view of Randolph County. During the warmer months when the forest road is maintained, the tower is also accessible by vehicle, with a space for parking at the base of the tower. Gaze as far as the eye can see and take in the mountainous views from every angle. Locals will tell you it doesn’t matter how many times they’ve seen the view; it takes their breath away every time they reach the top. There’s no way you can leave without a photo.
Mill Creek Falls:
Nestled in Kumbrabow State Forest is Mill Creek Falls. This spot can be accessed by a quick hike through the forest, or by vehicle during the warmer months, and is the perfect place to dip your feet in the water or even find a few crawfish in the rocks. The rushing falls are the perfect backdrop to a quick photo to show off your hike!
The Forks Inn is your one-stop shop for your foodie and scenery Instagram post! With a diverse and delicious menu adorned with local and homemade items, you’ll want to take a picture of everything your server brings to the table. The handcrafted cocktails against the mountainous backdrop are hands down the perfect scene for your Instagram feed!
Forest Service Road 27A is well maintained during the warmer months and leads right to the summit of Gaudineer Knob. When you walk on the moss lined path and through the towering spruce trees you will feel like you’ve entered a fairyland. The approximately 0.5-mile loop will lead you to a fantastic overlook of the forested mountains. Bring a lunch to picnic beneath the trees. This spot is also magical in the snow, when it turns into a winter wonderland, just remember that the Forest Service road is not maintained in the winter, so don’t venture out unless you are properly prepared! Snap a photo of the mossy trail and the overlook to share with all your friends.
For an extra exciting excursion, hop aboard the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley train, the New Tygart Flyer, for a trip to High Falls. This beautiful scene can be accessed by a short walk, but how many times can you post an Instagram story of a vintage train taking you through the mountains of West Virginia? If you’re up for a hike, the falls are also accessible by trail, but make sure to read this blog before embarking as it is a moderate to difficult hike.
This beautiful structure sits in the center of Davis & Elkins College’s campus and is a focal point of the community. The architecture and original features dating back to 1893 will stop you in your tracks. Not to mention, the view from the veranda is a perfect combination of the Elkins cityscape and rustic mountains! It’s a great place to get the perfect Instagram shot!
Now that you know some of the best spots in Randolph County – get out and start gramming. Make sure to use #RandolphWV so we can feature your photos too!