Our 23 Favorite Reels From 2023 

Last updated: January 22, 2024

As the sun sets on 2023, we can’t help but reflect on the moments that made this year truly remarkable. Our Instagram Reels serve as a journey into our community, showcasing the beauty of our landscapes and capturing the essence of the Mercer County experience. Join us as we revisit our favorite Reels of the year. 

  1. A Year of Highlights
    In 2023, Mercer County was at the forefront of incredible moments, and one of the highlights was the unveiling of our Almost Heaven swing on top of East River Mountain Overlook. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CrbEgORsKtl/ 
  1. Introducing A New Program
    Our Appalachian Ambassador Program began this year, allowing our residents to become storytellers for our region. Through their lens, Mercer County’s one-of-a-kind attractions came to life, inviting viewers to explore our hidden gems. https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cs3lWOyNJdr/ 
  1. Our Appalachian Ambassadors
    As seen here, our Appalachian Ambassadors created amazing content focused on the unique activities in Mercer County. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CuIgA2Dr4er/
  1. West Virginia Day
    West Virginia’s 160th birthday on June 20 was a momentous occasion, and our Reel captured the spirit of the celebration. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CtteIW_txjE/
  2. ATV Adventures
    Our ATV community received a vibrant upgrade with a new mural near the Pocahontas Trailhead of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cr3O4QtuACO/
  3. Small Town Charm Recognized
    Bramwell gained well-deserved recognition as one of MSN’s Small But Mighty: 20 Small Towns in America with Big Surprises and Unique Charm. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CvIx2hjuivn/
  1. Mercer County Spooks
    A favorite sight for both visitors and locals is the eerie yet captivating allure of Lake Shawnee Abandoned Amusement Park. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CzBoTs8uB6P/ 
  1. Seasonal Delights
    Mercer County has something special for every season, and we made sure to share videos from each one to keep you in the loop, no matter where you were this year! Winter brought unique views and snowy adventures. https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cnk0t2SD1rQ/
  2. Snowy Rides
    Some ATV enthusiasts took their winter adventure to the trails, enjoying off-road riding on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System (which is open all year long!). https://www.instagram.com/reel/CnPTIIwDwGi/
  3. Warm Vibes
    When the chill set in, Mercer County offered some warm and cozy spots to thaw the winter blues. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CoXb2oUjEhS/
  4. Spring Cascades
    The arrival of spring was marked by gushing waterfalls across the county. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CqDWopcj656/ 
  1. Summer’s Charm
    Followed by classic summer days filled with ice cream, live music and carnivals. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxEXpVjPuSh/
  2. Small Moments
    Listening to the birds chirping and basking in the warmth of the sun, we wholeheartedly embraced the simple joys of summer in our quaint towns, such as Bramwell.


  1. Family Getaways
    Fall called for family getaways, featuring pumpkin patches, apple orchards and cozy accommodations. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxMEufBPZ9C/
  2. Seasonal Harvests
    Autumn harvests have a special place in our hearts, and we find joy in savoring the abundant treats from our local farmers. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CxdNW_dO8sx/
  3. Arts & Culture
    In Mercer County, our arts and culture community is the vibrant intersection where Appalachian roots intertwine with creativity, bringing the arts to life. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CuiUK4DP32c/
  4. Uniquely Appalachian Art
    For a peek into distinctive Appalachian art, The RiffRaff Arts Collective stands out as a special destination. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CpgXcKqDe7c/
  5. Uniquely Appalachian Culture
    In Mercer County, cultural experiences often revolve around food, and we’re proud to be home to some delicious dining spots. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CvgD1CFRMZl/
  6. Mercer Street Grassroots District
    Local businesses are in the heart of our communities, and Mercer Street Grassroots District is a gathering place for shops, art galleries and restaurants. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CrtEst6unau/
  7. Specialty Shops
    In the Grassroots District, you’ll also find specialty shops catering to a variety of hobbies, making sure there’s something for everyone. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CwgddSbLgbA/
  8. Nostalgic Dining
    Finding classic diners can be a challenge these days, which is why we treasure our local gem, Dolly’s Diner. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CyDxxE8OrKl/
  9. Charming Experiences
    And when it comes to nostalgia, a visit to The Corner Shop is a must. https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ct-Qy_DR0HI/
  10. Seasonal Sweepstakes
    As the year comes to a close, take part in the Mercer County Candy Cane Trail. Until January 8, you have the chance to unlock entries into our Super Christmas Sweepstakes. https://www.instagram.com/p/CzoXXn_Oyan/ 

As we say goodbye to 2023, we invite you to make Mercer County your travel destination in the coming year to experience all this and more! Follow us on Instagram and TikTok to never miss a video.