Almost the entire eastern half of West Virginia is marked green parkland on the map, and most of that goodness falls under the auspices of this stunning national forest. Established in 1920 with just 7200 acres, the forest today covers more than 900,000 acres across 10 counties. The region, also known as the Potomac Highlands, is the adventure capital of the state. Within its boundaries are wild rivers, striking rock formations and the highest peak in the state, Spruce Knob. More than 850 miles of trails include the nearly 330-mile Allegheny Trail and the 78-mile rails-to-trails Greenbrier River Trail. The surreal landscapes at Seneca Rocks attract rock climbers.
The towns of Thomas and Davis, in the northern reaches of the region, are good basecamps for Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods. Seneca Rocks is centrally located within the forest region. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is a good launchpad in the south.