20 Unique Ways To Celebrate West Virginia Day In Mercer County 

Last updated: June 13, 2023

West Virginia Day (June 20) is a special occasion to celebrate the natural beauty, wonderful culture and rich heritage of the Mountain State. And if you are planning to be in Mercer County during our state’s birthday, you are in for a real treat! Located in the Appalachian Mountains, our area embodies the spirit of the region and provides an authentic West Virginia experience to all visitors. So, here are 20 unique ways to celebrate West Virginia Day in Mercer County!

  1. Explore the Hatfield-McCoy Trails
    With the legendary Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in our backyard, Mercer County is a mecca for all-terrain enthusiasts. Head out on an exhilarating off-road adventure through the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, one of the most extensive ATV trail systems in the country. As you tear through the trails, take a moment to bask in the beauty of Mercer County.
  2. Visit Pipestem Resort State Park
    Spend a day in nature at Pipestem Resort State Park. Hike through picturesque trails, ride the aerial tramway for one-of-a-kind views or spend some time out on the water at the park’s adventure lake and splash pad.
  3. Take A Historic Walking Tour of Bramwell
    Step back in time as you explore the charming town of Bramwell on a historic walking tour. Admire the beautifully preserved Victorian architecture and learn about the town’s prosperous coal heritage. It’s a journey worth taking!
  4. Experience Mercer Street Grassroots District
    Stroll down the Mercer Street Grassroots District in Princeton and discover unique shops, local art galleries and delightful eateries. Show some love for our homegrown businesses while getting a real sense of the lively arts and culture scene in Mercer County.
  5. Attend A Live Music Performance
    Dive into the musical legacy of West Virginia by checking out a live show at one of Mercer County’s best spots. Whether you’re into bluegrass, country, gospel or good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, our venues are where you’ll find some seriously talented local artists and touring musicians.
  6. Enjoy Water Sports at Bluestone River
    Make your way to the Bluestone National Scenic River, a slice of serenity found in our neck of the woods. It’s a picture-perfect spot for all your water adventures, from boating to fishing to paddling.
  7. Sample Local Culinary Delights
    Savor the flavors of Mercer County and try out regional specialties by dining at local restaurants known for their delicious Appalachian cuisine.
  8. Go Horseback Riding at Camp Creek State Park
    Saddle up and explore the scenic trails of Camp Creek State Park on horseback. Take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and enjoy the tranquility of nature. But hold your horses, that’s not all the park has to offer. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, scenic picnic areas and more.
  9. Take A Scenic Drive on Route 20
    Buckle up and soak in the stunning West Virginia landscapes on a scenic drive along Route 20, known as the Coal Heritage Trail. Along the way, pull over and explore the small towns and learn about our area’s coal mining past.
  10. Attend A Baseball Game
    Experience the thrill of America’s favorite pastime in a small-town setting. Attend a hometown rivalry game between the Princeton Whistlepigs and the Bluefield Ridge Runners.
  11. Cast A Line In Our Stocked Waters
    Grab your fishing gear and head to the county’s stocked waters, where you can reel in a memorable catch.
  12. Explore Brush Creek Preserve and Falls
    Lace up your hiking boots and head to a nature lover’s dream — Brush Creek Preserve and Falls. The area is home to a 25-foot mesmerizing waterfall and the preserve features many species of plants and animals.
  13. Take In The View From Pinnacle Rock State Park
    For a sight that will leave you feeling mighty small in the grand scheme of things, visit Pinnacle Rock State Park. Stand atop the towering formation and take a look at the Appalachian Mountains stretching out as far as the eye can see.
  14. Spend A Night Stargazing
    Escape the city lights and indulge in the wonder of the night sky in Mercer County. With its tranquil rural landscapes and minimal light pollution, our county provides an ideal setting for stargazing enthusiasts. So, find yourself a cozy spot, lay back and let the stars take center stage.
  15. Get The Best Views From The East River Mountain Overlook
    Located high on East River Mountain, this scenic overlook offers panoramic vistas that will leave you speechless. Take a moment to let your gaze wander across the lush valleys and rolling hills — it’s West Virginia’s natural beauty at its finest. While you are there, don’t forget to take a selfie with our new Almost Heaven swing!
  16. Plan A Picnic
    Pack up some goodies and head to one of Mercer County’s local city parks for a true Appalachian picnic. With Bluefield City Park, Princeton City Park, Glenwood Park and more — there are plenty of places to have the perfect picnic.
  17. Experience The Magic Of Drive-In Movies
    Take a trip down memory lane and relive the nostalgia of drive-in movies. This timeless form of entertainment offers a unique and enchanting cinematic experience under the starry West Virginia sky.
  18. Attend A Local Event
    Get swept away by the lively events in Mercer County. From cultural festivals and music concerts to art exhibitions and community gatherings, there is always something exciting happening in this vibrant region.
  19. Stay The Night
    Extend your West Virginia Day adventure by staying the night in Mercer County. Experience the warm hospitality and charm of the region by choosing from a variety of accommodations, including cozy bed-and-breakfasts, comfortable hotels or rustic cabins.
  20. Buy A Souvenir From A Local Business
    Commemorate your West Virginia Day celebration with a souvenir from a Mercer County business. By choosing a locally made souvenir, you not only bring home a tangible memory but also contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability of the Mercer County economy. So, explore the shops, meet the friendly locals and take home a special memento that captures the essence of your West Virginia experience. 

Tag us in your West Virginia Day adventures on social media by using #VisitMercerWV. We hope to see you on June 20th!