Point your compass north to admire some of the Greenbrier Valley's most impressive views and tranquil countryside. Your drive up Route 219 loosely tracks the Greenbrier River before heading east along Anthony Creek and back to the south through rolling farmlands. Travelers beware: you'll be tempted to linger and explore all this drive has to offer. Travel-ready with a packed lunch and snacks for picnicking on the "road."
Put a skip in your step with an AM pick-me-up at The Wild Bean, Lewisburg's popular coffee shop and hang-out spot. The Bean serves organic coffees and teas, fruit smoothies and farm-fresh fare.
Just a few minutes from downtown Lewisburg, take a self-guided excursion of Lost World Caverns' main "room" complete with stalactites and stalagmites of every shape and size. A half-mile underground walk, the tour takes about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Interested in “local spirits?” Smooth Ambler and Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company are located right off Route 219 and offer a first-hand look – and taste – into the world of fine-craft-beverage-making. Check the tour schedule before stopping in.
A few miles north, take a right onto Anthony Road. It winds through fields and farms before working its way around the mountain and down to Blue Bend Recreation Area. A midway point on your road trip, Blue Bend is a popular stop for nature hikes, fishing, picnics and the spontaneous summer swim.
Tucked in a quiet corner of the Monongahela National Forest, Lake Sherwood is a 165-acre mountain oasis revered for its swimming, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities. Come equipped with picnic-fixings and wile away the afternoon on the lake’s only island --connected to the “mainland” by an arched walking bridge.
Keeping with the laid-back theme of the day, stop in The Salt Cave and Spa on your way down Route 92. Indulge in a spa pampering or take a 40-minute respite in one of the Zero Gravity lounge chairs that can be found in the manmade cave lined with restorative Himalayan salt. Those who’ve been tout its vapor-healing properties and beneficial respiratory effects. Reservations recommended.
Established in 1902, the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery raises rainbow trout, freshwater mussels and crayfish. The hatchery ships 9 million fish eggs annually to stocking programs across the country.
Open to day-trippers, take a stroll – or carriage ride -- around The Greenbrier’s sprawling grounds. Formal gardens, luxurious ballrooms and lavish salons impart a sense of the resort’s rich and opulent history. If time allows, make your way to the boutique shops and treat yourself to dinner at one of The Greenbrier’s signature restaurants.
If there's time left in your day, communing with nature makes delightful company. Just 1.4 miles off Route 60, the Greenbrier State Forest is a vibrant playground for hikers, bikers, archers or those wanting to get in a few rounds of disc golf.
FUN FACT – Mark Bowe, host and star of the hit DIY show Barnwood Builders, recently opened a showroom in downtown White Sulphur Springs. Restoring buildings to their former glory and finding new purpose for the old and forgotten is their mission. Want something to take home? Stop in the shop for handmade home goods, art and Barnwood Living apparel. Who knows, you might even get lucky and meet Mark or one of his crew.
“ Spend the day admiring some of the Greenbrier Valley's most picturesque scenery and cultural attractions. ”
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