With Mother Nature making her grand entrance this time of year, get the most out of “her” arrival! The Greenbrier Valley delivers on all fronts – eclectic foodie vibe and lively downtown districts, back-to-nature jaunts and the season’s best outings. See below for some Greenbrier Valley ideas that promise to celebrate spring to the fullest.
With 5,100 acres of mountain terrain, the Greenbrier State Forest is loaded with miles of hiking and biking trails as well as disc golf and shooting and archery ranges. The park is set in a lush, hardwood forest with easy trails along the valley floor, aka Hart’s Run Creek. For more of a challenge, the trails that wind across its eastern slope prove to be a good work out. If you find your way to the Rocky Ridge Trail, it ultimately leads to the top of Kate’s Mountain. At 3,280 feet above sea level, the overlook just north of the trailhead is worth a few candid shots. As with all West Virginia state parks, there’s no entrance fee to enjoy the Greenbrier State Forest.
With Mother Nature at her best this time of year, grab a lunch and take it outside! Stop by any number of cafes for on-the-go options. The Market, Corn+Flour, Blackwell’s, The Wild Bean, Taste of Heaven Bakery and Edgarton Café all offer packable lunches that can be enjoyed picnic-style.
A 1.5-mile section of Second Creek on the Greenbrier-Monroe County line is designated Special Regulation Waters for fly-fishing only. In its hay day, more than twenty mills–powder, grist, lumbering–dotted its banks. Its industrial history all but consumed by nature, the creek is now a fisherman’s paradise, with an April stocking of brown and rainbow trout.
Spring is prime time fishing on Second Creek, with a nice selection of insect hatches on the trout menu. Mayflies, caddisflies and midges are all highly sought after by the creek's inhabitants, so be sure to bring flies that are on their radar. Catch-and-release only, this special section is easy to wade and features a rocky, gravel bottom with a few deeper holes throughout.
The stream has undergone significant habitat restoration work by the WV Conservation Agency. By addressing water quality, food sources and structure for the fish, it's become a must-do for year-round fly fishermen.
An antiquing hub of the region, springtime in the Greenbrier Valley promises rich hunting grounds for one-of-a-kind keepsakes, vintage wares and rare collectibles. Whether you’re growing a specific collection or just want to add unique charm to your home décor, numerous shops and second-hand markets are just a few miles in any direction. Start your search in Lewisburg and fan out to the surrounding communities. Be sure to make room in your car before heading out; these great bargains won’t last long!
Kicking-off in April, the Hawk Knob Cidery is hosting live music on select weekends. Their “production facility” is just the place, complete with outdoor veranda, scenic pond, mountain setting and a selection of fine ciders and mead. Order a glass of their best—that would be everything on the menu—and a cheese and charcuterie board for a picnic-style outing.
Celebrating the history of the automobile and the finest in car-making, The Greenbrier once again hosts the Concours d'Elegance on May 2nd. The front entrance lawn and manicured gardens become the backdrop for 100 collector-cars and motorcycles from around the globe. With classics, sports cars and pre-war production models among others, patrons and participants alike are invited to tour Sunday's spectacular display. New for The Greenbrier but always a fan favorite is the “movie and TV” class featuring some of the most memorable cars from the big…and little screen. Get registered soon. Thanks to a generous donation, Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance is free to attend.
Dust off your sneaks because on May 8th, The Greenbrier Half-Marathon returns! Three courses—13.1 miles, 10k and 5k—meander along the scenic back roads that wind through the Greenbrier's 11,000-acre resort. With a champagne toast, it might the grandest race you attend all year!
If you’re already dreaming of farm-fresh eats, you’ll want to plan a visit to the Sunset Berry Farm between May 20 and June 3 for Berry Fest. Celebrating nature’s sweet treats, these local farmers are planning a fun-filled outing for kids of all ages. Pick your own berries and strawberry samplings, ferry gardens, scavenger hunts and kids giant jumping pad make it all-day affair. Other special events are planned, so stay in touch!