Five hidden things to do in Mercer County

Last updated: May 31, 2024

Forget the tourist traps and overcrowded attractions – we’re diving deep into Mercer County’s hidden treasures. From off-the-beaten-path hiking trails to quirky local spots, we’re about to uncover the real essence of this charming corner of the Mountain State.

  1. Pierce Place Camp – This place is so hidden you need an ATV to get there! Located on the corner of Hatfield McCoy Pocahontas ATV Trail 16 and 62, this weekend lunch spot serves hot dogs with all the fixings and cold beer. If the chef isn’t cooking, he is playing the guitar. Musicians are always welcome to sit and play awhile!
  2. Princeton Raceway – When this track opened in the 80s, there were 6,000 people watching the first race in Mercer County, West Virginia. The Bishop family owned the speedway until recently. Now, under new ownership, new name and promotion, the raceway will open back up to the public for the 2024 season.
  3. Dan Hale Reservoir – Known as “West Virginia’s Bass Kept Secret,” this 76-acre lake is a hidden between Bluewell and Princeton. Constructed in the 1960s, the area is great for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating (no gas motors). Dan Hale is open Wednesday- Saturday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. No fishing license required; kids 12 and under are free.
  4. Moe’s Restaurant -With 4.5 stars on Yelp, Moe’s restaurant is off the beaten path, but worth the short drive from Interstate 77. Located in Athens, near Concord University, the restaurant features a wide variety of cuisine, such as Italian, Greek and American classics. Moe’s is located on Route 20, towards Pipestem State Resort Park.
  5. One Thin Dime Museum – Under curator John Velke, of Bluefield, the exhibit celebrates Bluefield’s past in unique ways. Exhibits range from a board game by Nobel-prize winner John Nash, to a piano that musician Duke Ellington once played in Bluefield. Another interesting aspect is that guests only have to pay 10 cents to see the museum. The One Thin Dime is located inside of Gary Bowling’s House of Art.