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Elk River Area Attractions

Here are just some of the many shops and attractions you'll find in the shadow of the Elk River and Snowshoe Mountain areas of West Virginia.
Cass, West Virginia (WV) 24927
Tel: 800-CALL-WVA

Ascend to the summit of West Virginia's second-highest mountain on an old-time logging train at Cass Scenic Railroad. Vintage steam locomotives carry passengers eleven miles to the heights of Back Allegheny Mountain near Snowshoe Mountain. Shops, exhibits, restaurants, and a railroad station serve a village of cottages, hiking trails, overlooks, and picnic areas.
Hillsboro, West Virginia (WV) 24946
Tel: 304-653-4826

Upon this highland bog in the Monongahela National Forest, rare plants -- including three carnivorous species -- live among the peat. An interpretive boardwalk leads observers through transitional forest and along the edges of spongy ground along two small glades. The acidic glades are home to flora more typical of Canada, stranded in the cool Appalachian highlands after the last Ice Age. Trails lead across the edges of the glades into the remote forests of the Cranberry Wilderness and the Cranberry Backcountry. Overlooks along the adjacent Highland Scenic Highway provide expansive views of the glades and many other scenic areas. Also nearby, the Falls of Hills Creek, the highest falls in West Virginia, makes for another notable visit.
Greenbank, West Virginia (WV) 24944

The world's largest moveable radio dish rises above the pastures at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Greenbank, about 30-minutes east of Snowshoe Mountain. The surrounding mountains insulate the site from electromagnetic interference that's continuously generated among the great cities of the East. The observatory and its radio dishes are featured on tours of the observatory. Further north, in the National Radio Quiet Zone, the Naval Radio Station at Sugar Grove, in Pendleton County, makes further use of the mountain buffers. Free observatory tours are provided daily mid-June through Labor Day, beginning at 9 a.m., every hour on the hour until 4 p.m. and on weekends in September and October.
Hillsboro, West Virginia (WV) 24946
Tel: 304-653-4430

Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl Sydenstricker Buck spent her younger days in this quaint town in "The Little Levels" on U.S. 219 in southern Pocahontas County. West Virginia culture figured greatly in her works, though her adopted China was the setting for most, such as her novel "The Good Earth." Buck's white frame homeplace, c. 1892, has been converted into a museum.