More Travel Facts for the Greenbrier River Trail
On the 79-mile Greenbrier River Trail, you can expect lush hardwood forests ablaze with color in fall, sloping hillsides, tunnels, close run-ins with wildlife and the broad, sleepy Greenbrier River. You can expect abandoned timbering villages and quaint, revitalized towns. And most of all, you can expect this glide through the Mountain State to float you back to a place and time where a car can't take you.
Here are extended Travel Facts to help you enjoy West Virginia's recreational hospitality. Read the full article to learn more about the Greenbrier River Trail's mountain-sized offerings.
Where to Stay
At the trail's southern end near Lewisburg, the historic General Lewis Inn (304.645.2600) offers lodging and dining. Mountain Rivers Chapel (304.653.4387) is at the halfway point in Beard. Its open sanctuary, furnished with leather sofas, a big antique bed and old pews, is part country church, part metropolitan loft. Watoga State Park, just south of Marlinton, offers rustic and modern cabins and campsites (304.799.4087). In downtown Marlinton, try the homey Old Clark Inn (800.849.4184) or the Locust Hill Bed & Breakfast, Cabin and Day Spa (800.617.0530). You can also stay at DirtBean (304.799.4038) and The River Place, a restaurant that serves great homestyle food on a deck overlooking the Greenbrier River (304.799.7233). Farther north, the Greenbrier Inn in Durbin (866.387.2469) sits just across the street from that town's historic train depot. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (304.456.4300) rents cottages, backcountry cabins and, for something a little different, cabooses that sleep up to five. There are cabins and campsites available in the Monongahela National Forest (304.636.1800).
If you are in the mood for luxury, book a room at the historic 1778-vintage Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, 11 miles from Lewisburg.
What to Do
The trail runs through the Monongahela National Forest, Watoga, Droop Mountain and Cass Scenic Railroad state parks, and Greenbrier and Seneca state forests. Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort is 20 miles from Marlinton. The Cranberry Glades, Cranberry Nature Center and Cranberry Wilderness area are nearby. Droop Mountain State Park (304.653.4254), just north of Lewisburg, is the site of the last significant Civil War battle in West Virginia. Take in the awesome scale of the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable telescope, in Green Bank (304.456.2011), about 26 miles from Marlinton in Pocahontas County. On the Greenbrier County side, Lewisburg is a charming small town where Main Street is packed with art galleries and gourmet cafes.