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Pocahontas County offers abundant outdoor activities

December 31, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Now is a prime time to swing through nature's mountain playground, Pocahontas County.

Best known for its towering peaks, plentiful snowfall and historic attractions, the area offers abundant recreational opportunities.

Five state parks - including beautiful Cass Scenic Railroad State and Watoga State Park - and two state forests - the Monongahela National Forest and the Seneca State Forest - provide more public land for outdoor adventures than any county in the state.

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In fact, there are more than 800 miles of hiking and biking trails winding throughout Pocahontas County.

Recreational opportunities include skiing and other winter sports such as tubing; train rides; biking and hiking; camping; bird watching; scenic motorcycle touring; fishing and boating; geocaching and music and art performances and displays.

Executive director of the Pocahontas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cara Rose, said taking a ride on Snowshoe Mountain Resort's new Hare Racer zipline is a must.

"My tourism class at the high school here were some of the first people to try it out, and they had a great time," Rose said. "It was a lot of fun."

Rose also encouraged visitors to the area to visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which designs, builds and operates the world's most sophisticated and advanced radio telescopes, according to the Pocahontas CVB's website.

"Another option is, we do have several craft stores and antique stores in the county," Rose said. "They include the Fourth Avenue Gallery in Marlinton, the Green Bank Art Co-op in Green Bank and My Daughter's Attic in Hillsboro."

Rose also said the Pocahontas Opera House stages a variety of performances throughout the winter months.

"Of course, there are lots of natural areas for visitors to take in," Rose added. "The Greenbrier River Trial located in the Greenbrier River Trail State is ideal for cross country skiing."

For more information about vacation and recreational opportunities that await in Pocahontas County, visit or 1-800-336-7009.



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