Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Mercer County is an explorer’s playground, perfect for all seasons. Bundle up- winter is the perfect time for a long weekend, and we have some of the best places to find adventure!
Camp Creek State Park and Forest
Camp Creek was named because the area was considered a great place to set up camp during the Civil War. At the turn of the century, a grist mill, band saw and store were established in the Campbell’s Falls area of the park. In the spring, Camp Creek is stocked with trout, and the headwaters of Camp Creek have been stocked periodically with trout fingerlings.
Hike Turkey Loop Trail at Camp Creek State Park for a special look at two of the best waterfalls in southern West Virginia – Mash Fork and Campbell’s. When the temperature drops, these falls freeze, making for stunning scenery. Camp Creek also perfect for horseback riding, so if you own a horse, saddle up for a winter ride through the forest. There are even camping sites specifically for equestrians.
Hatfield-McCoy ATV Trails
Want to ride in the snow? The Pocahontas Trailhead in Bramwell is open year-round! And there are plenty of ATV lodging opportunities in the winter, too. Cozy up in a warm cabin after an exciting day on the trails.
Winterplace Ski Resort
Hit the slopes all day at Winterplace! The ski resort is great for all ages and every level of ability – it was even named the best place in the Southeast to learn how to ski! If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your style, tubing is a fun alternative. Stay in Princeton during your ski-cation, too. This charming small town has plenty of lodging opportunities, plus some great local dining. Warm up after a day on the slopes with a brew from Sophisticated Hound.
Brush Creek Falls Nature Preserve
Set your sights on even more frozen waterfalls at Brush Creek State Park! This protected nature preserve is owned by the State of West Virginia and is home to the largest waterfall in southern West Virginia. Bring your camera – this place is perfect for practicing your outdoor shots!