Saturday and Sunday
Start the morning off at Pinnacle Rock State Park near Bramwell. For stunning views, climb to the top of the iconic 3,100-foot sandstone formation known as, well, Pinnacle Rock. Bonus? This awe-inspiring structure creates a natural` geology lesson for the kiddos!
Pack a lunch and head to Lotito City Park in Bluefield. While you’re there, take advantage of the biking and hiking trails and let the kids loose on the giant, wooden playground. You can even hitch a ride on Ridge Runner, the park’s classic red train. Rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays, early April through late September.
There are only a few drive-ins still open in West Virginia, and one of those is Pipestem Drive-In in Athens. Locals have been enjoying this weekend hotspot since way back in 1972! Show the kids how it was done back in the day — plop a couple chairs in the back of the truck and drive right up to the screen for a unique cinematic adventure. Don’t forget to stop by the snack stand for a hot dog and some candy!
Tuck in for the evening at Camp Castaway. This family-owned campground is settled on 5 gorgeous acres along the Bluestone River. Tell stories and roast S’mores around a cracklin’ fire before a night in nature. If primitive camping isn’t exactly your style, Camp Castaway also has small cabins and rental campers.
Take a good ol’ fashioned Sunday drive to East River Mountain Overlook, perched 3,500 feet above sea level. Standing atop the observation deck, you’ll get a birds’ eye view of Southern West Virginia’s dew-laden mountain landscape below. This is a perfect spot for unforgettable family photos!
Hit up the historic town of Bramwell for an afternoon of exploring. First, grab some lunch or a handmade milkshake at The Corner Shop, a historic soda fountain that absolutely exudes old-school charm. Take a walk down Millionaire’s Row and admire the ornate, eye-catching mansions that used to house the area’s coal barons. Speaking of coal, immerse yourself in the town’s history at Bramwell Depot, a replica of the original train depot that served Bramwell residents throughout the coal boom. Visitors can peruse artifacts, a museum, and a gift shop at this interpretive center.
Head to Mountaineer Lanes to rack up some strikes. This local bowling alley has been in the area for nearly 60 years, and they pride themselves on down-home hospitality and family-fun for all. Grab a pizza there for dinner, or pack into the car and head to Lynn’s Drive-In for a classic menu boasting favorites like juicy cheeseburgers, steaming fresh french fries, and a whole lotta ice cream flavors – everything from black walnut and bubblegum to red velvet and rootbeer.