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Explore “naturally untamed” Petersburg.

In the heart of the Mon Forest, discover an untamed, stunningly beautiful mountain village blessed with incredible outdoor adventure and warm, friendly people who love sharing their mountain home with guests. Located in Grant County, Petersburg is the perfect place to relax with family and friends while you explore our endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Take in our amazing views, traverse our endless trails, or wet a line in our mountain streams. You will return home refreshed, recharged, and ready to come back again soon.

With the cold of winter gone and the excitement of warm weather, fishing enthusiasts find their way to the Petersburg area for some of the best fishing in West Virginia. Our cool mountain streams and stunning lakes make for an anglers paradise. Experienced guides can provide a one-of-a-kind fishing experience. 

Josh (Trout King) and Rachelle Hedrick have owned and operated Smoke Hole Outfitters for over ten years. In addition to guided fishing trips, Josh offers fly fishing lessons for beginner to seasoned anglers. 

Harman’s Luxury Cabins offers two miles of private access trophy trout stream, providing anglers the opportunity to fish for beautiful trophy trout. Guests of Harman’s have free access to their private stream and can also work with professional private guides. 

Guides Eli and Katlyn with Three Rivers Guiding love to share their knowledge of the rivers and passion for fishing with their guests. They offer single and multi-day wading and onshore fishing trips on 3 of the best trout streams in West Virginia for beginners to experienced anglers.

The footprints of novice and experienced hikers can be found all over Grant County. We are blessed with some of the best hiking trails in West Virginia. The North Fork Mountain Trail which is approximately 24 miles long is ideal for a 2 to 3-day backpacking trip that is full of wildlife and amazing scenery. 

One of the most popular destinations on the North Fork Mountain Trail is Chimney Rock. This hidden gem in the Mon Forest provides one of the best views in the state. Start at the North Fork Trailhead on Smoke Hole Road, just off North Fork Highway not far from Cabins, West Virginia. It’s a strenuous 5.5-mile hike with an extra steep scramble right at the end, but the views from the top are worth the effort.

Within the Mon Forest lies the Smoke Hole Canyon. The “Smoke’s” are very popular for hikers, climbers, and boaters. Explore the 3.5-mile South Branch Trail, a loop trail that follows the river upstream, ascends part way up Cave Mountain, passes fields and old farms on its way back downstream, and then drops back down to the river nearly opposite Shreve’s Store.

The Petersburg area is well-known for our epic hiking and biking trails that attract thousands of visitors to our mountains each year. But we are also blessed with amazing river trails perfect for kayaking, canoeing, or just a leisurely float. 

The Hopeville Canyon is one of the best paddling pleasures in West Virginia. The North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac flows through the canyon creating about five miles of Class III river perfect for adventure kayaking. 

For a classic float/fishing trip, the long and beautiful Smoke Hole Canyon features massive rock formations and great camping spots.  The rapids are a consistent Class I – II with a couple Class II+, so the paddling is easy and relaxing.

The Petersburg area is home to so many epic views from our scenic mountains that it may take an entire lifetime to see them all. But if you want to get the real bird’s eye view of our amazing mountain home, the Eastern Soaring Center offers an aerial experience that you will not soon forget. If you think West Virginia is beautiful by land, you should see it from the air. After a glider experience, you’ll know why eagles spend so much time flying.

After a full day of exploring, choose from a wide selection of lodging options. From primitive camping to luxury resorts, and everything else in between, find what suits your adventure style.

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