Fall Road Trip

Travel down scenic Midland Trail for a fall road trip full of colorful foliage and outdoor activities to enjoy the cool weather. 

A) Play: Rail trails – Hawks Nest State Park/Ansted 

Go for a bike ride or walk along the Hawks Nest Rail-Trail. Located primarily within Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, the gravel and dirt path starts at the Nature Center and runs for about two miles on the south side of Mill Creek. See two bridges, waterfalls and the remains of a coal mine along the way. Other park features include an aerial tramway, jet boat rides and six other trails. There is also lodging and dining available onsite. 

B) Eat: The Vista Restaurant at Hawks Nest Lodge

Open year-round, The Vista Restaurant at Hawks Nest Lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside amazing views of the surrounding scenery. Start your day or refuel with a generously portioned homestyle meal. For dessert, try The Hawks Nest, vanilla bean ice cream nested in a Belgian waffle with a choice of strawberry, hot fudge or caramel topping.  

C) Shop: The Country Store at Chimney Corner

The Country Store at Chimney Corner can be found “where the 60 and the 16 meet on Midland Trail.” Built in 1928, the quaint log cabin is full of crafts and locally made goods — everything from candles and carved coal to food and folk toys. There’s even an old-fashioned candy counter. The store is open from the beginning of April through the end of October. Hungry? Hop across the street to the Chimney Corner Cafe.

D) Stay: New River Campground – 11218 Midland Trail, Gauley Bridge 

Unwind among nature at New River Campground in Gauley Bridge. Located right by the water, the campground features 39 full hookup sites and 13 rustic tent sites. Do some grilling and toast some marshmallows — each site has its own grill, fire ring and picnic table. And the campground is pet-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friend!  

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