Snap the perfect Instagram shot at West Virginia’s nine scenic swing spots

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Happy West Virginia Day! The Mountain State is 159 years old!

The June 20 holiday is all about enjoying all things West Virginia, especially the natural beauty of the mountain state. Thanks to the West Virginia Department of Tourism, residents and visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the state on one of nine new nearly “larger than life” swings at Almost Heaven.

There is a swing set in each of the state’s nine tourist regions.

The nine tourist regions of West Virginia. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Tourism)

The Department of Tourism worked with students from the Nicholas County Vocational and Technical Center to build the nine oversized, handcrafted wooden swing sets. Students from the Mountaineer Challenge Academy helped set up the swings.

“Nicholas County students have done an incredible job with this project – we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect backdrop to add to these scenic spots,” said West Virginia Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby. . “So much hard work and skill has gone into each of them, and we’re excited to share them with the world, starting today.”

The locations of the nine swings are listed below.

1. Eastern Panhandle: Cacapon Resort State Park

How to get there: Drive or hike to the Cacapon Mountain Overlook. The swing is next to the observation deck a few steps from the parking lot.
Features: Panoramic views of the mountains “as far as the eye can see”.

Cacapon Mountain Overlook swing. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Tourism)

2. Hatfield-McCoy Mountains: Buffalo Mountain Trail—Death Rock

How to get there: Take the Buffalo Mountain Trail System to get to Death Rock Overlook.
Features: “One of the best views the area has to offer” overlooking the mountain town of Williamson.

3. Metropolitan Valley: Charleston

How to get there: Walk to the University of Charleston lawn and turn left to the Boathouse. The swing is adjacent to a fire pit and directly across from the State Capitol.
Features: Direct views of the State Capitol and the Kanawha River PLUS a special Babydog paw print!

4. Mid-Ohio Valley: Fort Boreman Scenic Overlook

How to get there: Visit Fort Boreman Historic Park and follow signs to the Ohio River Overlook near the picnic shelters and playground.
Features: A bird’s eye view of the scenic Mid-Ohio Valley formed by the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers at Parkersburg.

5. Mountain Lakes: Stonewall Resort State Park

How to get there: Once on resort property, continue on State Park Road. Pass the lodge on the right, continue to Lightburn’s restaurant at the Palmer Course and go behind the clubhouse.
Features: A scenic backdrop of the lake and mountains.

6. Mountaineer Country: Coopers Rock State Forest

How to get there: Start at the parking lot closest to the main gazebo and gift shop. Walk on the leftmost paved path. Pass the pavilion and the swing will be on the left.
Features: A lush forest backdrop.

Swing set up at Coopers Rock State Forest. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Department of Tourism)

7. New River-Greenbrier Valley: Babcock State Park

How to get there: This swing can be found near the park office across from Glade Creek Grist Mill.
Features: A perfect position across from Glade Creek Grist Mill, one of the most photographed spots in the state.

8. Northern Panhandle: Wheeling Heritage Port

How to get there: Visit Wheeling Heritage Port and the swing is located on a lawn just off the walkway to the river.
Features: Views overlooking the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River.

9. Potomac Highlands: Blackwater Falls State Park

How to get there: Take the trail to the main lookout. The swing is located right next to the trail.
Features: A backdrop of spectacular waterfalls in the distance.

The Department of Tourism named the swing spots based on the nine most scenic and Instagrammable spots in West Virginia. Swing sites were strategically positioned using data from over 100,000 social media posts.

Governor Jim Justice and the Department of Tourism are inviting people to show their love for West Virginia by posting photos to social media of their favorite places in the state, including swing spots. The Governor’s Office of Justice reports that tens of thousands of messages have already reached tens of millions of people around the world, showcasing West Virginia’s unparalleled beauty.

“Research shows how important this is – now, more than ever, people are planning their vacations based on what they see on social media,” Governor Justice said. “Help us show the world how great it is here in Almost Heaven, West Virginia!”

For more information on tourism in West Virginia, visit the Department of Tourism website.

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