For scenic rivers and lakes, there’s no better destination than Pocahontas County, W.Va. In Nature’s Mountain Playground, you can paddle for miles or days while surrounded by Monongahela National Forest and other public lands.
No matter what season it is, the Greenbrier River is always ready to show off. Plus, there are plenty of spots to get out of your boat and swing along the way. Most of the river’s run through the county is accessible for paddlers of all abilities with a few class II or II+ sections. The 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail closely follows the water through some of the most remote areas around, making it easy to take in some of the sights by foot or bike. The headwaters of seven other rivers begin in Pocahontas County for anglers looking to catch a variety of trout species.
If you prefer flatwater, several lakes in the area ensure you’ll see something new on every visit. Enjoy some family fun on Watoga Lake at Watoga State Park with boat rentals and camping under a blanket of stars at an official Dark Sky Park. Amidst Seneca State Forest, West Virginia’s oldest and largest state forest, Seneca Lake is a hidden gem surrounded by running creeks and winding trails. When you’re done paddling, take in the panoramic views from the fire tower.
Within the national forest, Buffalo Lake is a small, quiet retreat featuring a picnic area, boat ramp, and easy access to camping. You might even find yourself on Shavers Lake at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Take the scenic lift to the lake for swimming, inflatables, hiking trails, and more with onsite lodging and dining for all your travel needs.
Several outfitters in town can help you get out on the water safely. Just off the river in Seebert, Jack Horner’s Corner provides canoe, tube, and bike rentals, plus a snack for when you’re starting to feel those miles. If you’re hanging around Marlinton, Appalachian Sport has you covered with boat rentals and shuttles to accommodate your mileage while Route 66 Outpost in Cass has kayak, tube, and bike rentals.
Your visit isn’t complete until you head into one of the charming towns for all your food, lodging, and entertainment needs. Located in a National Radio Quiet Zone, Pocahontas County is a place where you can truly disconnect, relax, and enjoy your time on the water.