Discover Grant County - Travel Itinerary
“Explore our beautiful county on this day long excursion and glimpse the wide variety of activities and attractions we have to offer.”
Start your day with a walking tour through Smoke Hole Caverns near Cabins, WV where you’ll see spectacular formations created millions of years ago, including the world’s longest Ribbon Stalactite. Then stop by Top Kicks Military Museum located right outside of Petersburg, WV on Route 28/55. This facility is home to one of the state’s largest collections of military equipment dating from World War I all the way through Iraq. Much of what you will see has been restored to near mint condition. Once you have completed this visit, your next stop will be Fort Mulligan, right inside the Petersburg City limits. This historical Civil War site was built in 1863 and is one of only a few earthen forts remaining in the country. Descriptive markers will guide you through a walking tour of the site.
Following your visit to Ft. Mulligan, continue through town to the main stoplight where you will see signs guiding you to the Visitor’s Information Center located inside the South Side Depot. The Depot was built in 1911 and is an attraction of its own. In addition to the county’s official Visitor’s Information Center, it also houses the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and a unique gift shop with a variety of WV made arts, crafts, and specialty foods. While here you will find helpful staff that can provide more information on additional activities, attractions, and events not covered in this itinerary.
For lunch, there are a variety of options from which to choose. Eat at one of the several local restaurants specializing in delicious home-cooked meals, grab lunch on the go at one of the many fast-food restaurants available, or take a picnic lunch to Welton Park located right outside of town on Route 220S. This park is one of many beautiful facilities maintained by the Grant County Parks & Recreation department and provides covered picnic shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, and a walking trail. It’s also located along the banks of the South Branch of the Potomac River, another popular area attraction for fishing, boating, and water recreation.
After lunch, travel back through town and take Route 42N toward Maysville, WV. Continue through Maysville to the junction of Route 42 and 93. Turn right onto Rt. 93 and then almost immediately right again onto Greenland Gap Road. You will find some of the most beautiful landscape in the area along this winding country lane. You may choose to follow this road back toward Maysville or turn around and continue on Route 42N to Mount Storm. Once you have made the climb to the top, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a view like none other….miles and miles of amazing WV mountain scenery. This is also where the Mount Storm Wind Farm is located. You can’t miss these huge turbines standing right at 380 feet tall. This is one of the largest wind farms on the East Coast generating eco-friendly “green” energy with its 132 turbines. Finally, turn onto Rt. 50W and end your day at Mount Storm Lake. This 1200 acre man-made body of water is located near the Dominion Power Station and provides opportunities for boating, fishing, water skiing and even scuba diving.