Natural Beauty

DAVIS – The Tucker County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau invited media representatives from across West Virginia and surrounding states to visit this week and sample what the county has to offer.

Tucker County CVB Executive Director Bill Smith and Assistant Executive Director Jessica Scowcroft said they chose to do the event now that it is even quicker for folks from the Washington, D.C. area to get to Tucker County.

“It used to take approximately four hours to drive from Washington to Tucker County,” Smith said. “We hope to educate folks about not only what Tucker County has to offer, but to remind them, with the new road, it only takes two and a half hours to make the trek from D.C. to Tucker County.”

Participants gathered for a meet and greet on Wednesday evening, and embarked early Thursday on a guided tour. The first attraction was Blackwater Falls.

“The falls are one of the most photographed natural attractions in West Virginia,” Smith said.

The water at Blackwater Falls plunges 57 feet, and there are 212 steps to the bottom of the main observation deck. The trek to the bottom is dotted with many West Virginia wildflowers, including pink lady slippers and Jack in the pulpit. The group not only observed the falls from the deck, but also from across the canyon at the park’s gentle overlook. Participants also had the opportunity to take in panoramic views of Blackwater Canyon from Lindy Point and Pendleton Point.

Following lunch at Blackwater Falls Resort, representatives split up, with half taking a tour of the many artist studios across Tucker County. The second group traveled to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area and Bear Rocks.

Smith said Dolly Sods is rocky and contains flora, fauna, ferns and plants usually only found much further north in Canada. He said that logging and fire created the rocky plateau.

“In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corp planted red spruce trees through the area,” Smith said. He said that logging and fire created the rocky plateau.

Today, participants have the opportunity to explore on their own some of the many county’s activities including scenic chair lift rides with a hike to Bald Knob, zip lining at Timberline Resort, hiking at Canaan Valley Resort or Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge or golf or sporting clays at Canaan Valley Resort. Thursday afternoon activities include a choice of rafting, canoeing, shopping or a tour of Seneca Rocks, Seneca Caverns and Spruce Knob.

The group will finish their trip around Tucker County with a tour of Blackwater Brewing Company and Mountain State Brewing Company, and dinner at Sirianni’s.

For more information, contact the Tucker County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 304-259-5315.