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 fests. See below for some Greenbrier Valley ideas that promise to celebrate spring to the fullest.
HIKING & BIKING. 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.
FLY FISHING. 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 a 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.
ANTIQUING. 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, nearly a dozen shops and second-hand markets are just a few miles in any direction. Start your search in Lewisburg and expand out to the surrounding communities. Be sure to make room in your car before heading out; these great bargains won’t last long!
FESTIVALS & EVENTS. Chocoholics should plan a visit in early April for the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival. Live music, chocolate and more chocolate - what could be better! Later in the month, beer fans unite at the WV Craft Brew Festival. Over fifteen brew houses from across the state provide taste-testers with a robust selection of "hop-infused" beverages. Music headliners from 2018 included the Monophonics, Big Daddy Love, Bennet Wales & the Relief, and the Instagatorz.
In May, The Greenbrier hosts the Concours d'Elegance to celebrate the history of the automobile and the finest in car-making. Staged on The Greenbrier's world-renowned golf courses, patrons and participants alike are invited to tour Saturday's International Car Show featuring luxury vehicles from the country's automotive clubs. Sunday's Concours d'Elegance is a ticketed event. Automobiles will be on display around the front entrance of The Greenbrier with judges selecting category winners along with Best of Show.
Be sure to check out the Giant Spring Flea Market on the third weekend in May. With indoor and outdoor exhibitors selling antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, the State Fairgrounds turn into a bargain hunter’s hangout and a hotbed of unique and one-of-a-kind treasures.
LIVE PERFORMANCES. There’s no business like show business! Combining local talent with professional actors, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre – the State Professional Theater of West Virginia – main stage kicks-off on April 19 this year. The Carnegie Hall performance season is in full swing with pianist, Barbara Nissman on April 7 and the musically diverse group, Banda Magda on April 12.
DINING AL FRESCO. With Mother Nature at her best this time of year, grab a lunch and take it outside! Stop by any number of cafes to grab lunch on-the-go. The Market, Corn+Flour, Blackwell’s, The Wild Bean, B Sweet, Edgarton Café all offer packable lunches that can be enjoyed picnic-style.