Nice to see my state represented here! Stayed in Canaan Valley a few years back. Had the opportunity to Ride on the Cass and drive up Spruce Knob (Highest Point in the state). Probably the loveliest part of the whole state.I got one more good trip in last fall, to West Virginia. Favorite part was probably in and around the National Radio Quiet Zone and Monongahela National Forest. Very remote out there; I met one person while mountain biking, hiking in the opposite direction, who said I was the first person she'd seen in a few days on that long-distance trail. Also very calm, and gasoline is very expensive, probably in part because gasoline cars are partially banned and thus less popular than diesel due to spark plugs interfering with the great big telescope in the area (which claims to be the world's largest mobile land-based structure; China has a larger telescope but it is fixed in place). The locals who aren't from the area originally said not being able to use WiFi and not having cell phone signals isn't that big of a deal; you can always use a Lightning-to-Ethernet adapter for your cell phone. Not having microwaves, on the other hand? That's a real adjustment!
Spoiler Overgrown Steep Trail :
It also gets remarkably dark at night out there for someone who lives in the city; it's the first place where I've been able to see the Milky Way at night, no telescope required. And of course you've got the classic country roads, one car wide and very windy with lots of elevation change. Even one of the locals I met professed to not liking driving on them! But as long as the traffic volume is low, which is usually is, I find them a lot more interesting than the Interstates. Driving is engaging on those roads! I understand why people like manual transmissions when I'm driving there!
I can also recommend Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, both the town of Cass, and the summit that you can take the train to. I couldn't fit the train into my schedule, so I took the hard way to the summit, by muscle power instead of steam power. I was there mid-afternoon but it would probably be fantastic at sunrise, only problem is you'd have to leave mighty early to drive up the forest roads pre-dawn and then bike and hike to the summit. I could tell that not many people take that route as I had to stop multiple times to clear branches from the road; bringing an axe or saw may be advisable in case a full-fledged tree is blocking the road.
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Friendly locals, too. I don't know if it's really true that people are friendlier in small towns than the cities, but it sure feels that way. Also lots of cows. One of the locals was surprised that I wasn't surprised by how many cows there were, since most out-of-towners don't expect to see any cows. But it was my second time in that part of the state, and I had been surprised the first time.
I could see this general area being a yearly trip, there are lots of places I haven't explored yet. If I disappear from CFC unexpectedly some day, it's most likely because I was eaten by a bear while exploring; check the recent editions of the Pocahontas Times and you'll likely find a story about it.
I might have stayed out in the middle of nowhere longer, but the Roadkill Cookoff was going on that weekend and all the accommodations were booked, so I went up to Morgantown. A fun college town with lots of hills and a nice riverfront area. I'll probably be back. Swung by a bike trail going from Parkersburg to Petroleum on the way back, but it was disappointingly rough for not being advertised as rough. I'm fine with rough trails if they're supposed to be rough and the views make it worth it, but if it's just in poor condition without sufficient rustically-beautiful scenery, I'd rather go somewhere else.
Spoiler Mare Nostrum Ponderings :