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    Starting Point: Seneca Rocks

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    Historic Elegance: Greenbrier Resort

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    Bourbon in the Bluegrass State: Lexington, Kentucky

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    Final Leg: Mammoth Cave National Park

Rugged Wilderness, Thoroughbreds and Bourbon: West Virginia and Kentucky Road Trip
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Wilderness, Horses and Bourbon: West Virginia and Kentucky Road Trip

By Shayla Martin

  • Route distance:
    911 km
  • Suggested Time:
    4 days

The Best of Outdoors and Urban Excitement.

A road trip through neighboring states of West Virginia and Kentucky offers the best of both worlds. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the opportunities that await them for hiking, rock climbing and bike riding through scenic vistas in West Virginia, while urbanites will enjoy the glitz, fantastic cuisine and entertainment in Kentucky's major cities. Experience it all on this picturesque drive through the Mountain and Bluegrass states.

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Starting Point: Seneca Rocks
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Starting Point: Seneca Rocks

Begin the journey at the iconic Appalachian Mountain landmark, Seneca Rocks, located in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Take in the wild terrain during a moderate five-kilometer hike (there and back). This self-guided trail crosses a wooden arched bridge over the powerful North Fork River, ascending gentle hills and switchbacks. You'll slowly climb nearly 300 meters of elevation, partly via a row of stairs, before reaching an observation platform for stunning western views of the valley and countryside. For sure-footed adventurists and experienced rock climbers, follow the path past the observation platform to hike to the peak of Seneca Rocks. Fair warning: this rock-scaling hike is filled with difficult approaches, loose rock and vertical rock faces, so if you've never climbed before, seek out help from a local guide or skip it. If you decide to go for the quartzite summit, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking eastern and western views

168 km
2 hours by car
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Historic Elegance: Greenbrier Resort
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Historic Elegance: Greenbrier Resort

Travel south on state highways 28 and 92 past lush, mountainous terrain to refined luxury at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. This Grande Dame resort is a National Historic Landmark, welcoming distinguished guests from around the world (including 26 U.S. presidents) since 1778. The 4,450-hectare property features championship golf and tennis facilities, fine dining, a world-renowned spa offering white sulphur mineral water treatments and a 9,570-square-meter Casino Club. Don't miss an opportunity to tour the underground Bunker, a Cold War fallout shelter completed in 1961 to serve as a refuge for government officials in the event of an emergency.

475 km
4.5 hours by car
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