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One Tank Trip for West Virginia Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
76.1 miles – 1 hour, 43 minutes
Can’t decide where to go on your next RV vacation? You can always open a map, close your eyes and let your finger drop. Hopefully it will land on West Virginia—home of the Allegheny Mountains, historic towns and a saturated beauty few others can muster, this is one state where you might plan to stay for a few days and find yourself never wanting to leave.
Let’s get our trip started in Milton. Before you even get a chance to rest your well traveled heels, head right over to Blenko Glass. Since 1893, Blenko has been blowing beautiful glass and has the honor of being one of the few companies specializing in antique glass not based in Europe. From the moment you walk into the shop, you will be nearly blinding by color and beautiful hand blown objects of every shape and size. If you’re looking for a one of a kind memento or just an incredible gift, this is the place for you! Now that you’ve gotten your shopping out of the way, let’s head over to the historical covered bridge across the nearby Mud River. Milton is known for Mountaineer Opry House featuring bluegrass music. Don’t miss the almost 2-acre Flea Market which will leave the whole family exhausted.
32.2 miles – 38 minutes
Leave Milton on I-64E and travel around 32 miles to arrive at our next stop, Charleston. Don’t be surprised if you get all doe-eyed from the moment you reach the city limits. Charleston has a way of weaving a spell on all its visitors! With a wonderful blend of big city attractions and a small town atmosphere, Charleston makes a great base camp for exploring the wilds of the state. A short distance away, you’ll find numerous opportunities for skiing, one day and multi-day rafting adventures or a quiet afternoon on the golf course. Within the city, you’ll find the state capitol, with its enormous 293-foot dome and on the grounds, the somber two story West Virginia Veterans Memorial, honoring those soldiers who gave their lives. At the West Virginia State Museum you will find a wealth of history in the many exhibition and wonderful pieces of art and at the Outdoor Market West Virginia, you’ll find an abundance of fresh produce, specialty shops and dining options. Located in a restored turn of the century freight station from the 1800s, it’s a wonderful location with quite a sampling of West Virginia specialties. If you need to take a break from the city, head to Kanawha Forest. Spanning some 9,000 plus acres, it’s the perfect place to hike, birdwatch or set up a nice little snack with the goodies you bought at the market.
22.1 miles – 34 minutes
From beautiful Charleston, make your way to I-77N and hold your course for around 22 miles. Romance is our next destination, located in one of the lushest areas of the state, and arguably one of the most scenic. Nearby you’ll find the Woodrum Lake Wildlife Management Area, a popular spot for hiking, hunting and especially for fishing within the 240-acre lake. Peaceful and serene, the area is a mix of abandoned farmland and forest. Sit back, relax, toss a pole in and take it easy for a few. Stopping at the market in Charleston was a good idea---now you have some fresh veggies to go with that fish you’ll be catching any second now....
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