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NOV 2017

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November 2017 50 W E S T V I R G I N I A t Jefferson County Jefferson County provides a natural setting for outdoor sports. Outdoor enthusiasts can take a fun hike—the Appalachian Trail runs through Harpers Ferry National Historic Park—ride the rivers and fish for bass. Hotel rooms: 700 Major facilities: The Appalachian Trail offers terrain for running. The Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers con- verge and are ideal for rafting and fish- ing. Cress Creek, Locust Hill and Sleepy Hollow all offer golf courses. Contact: Jefferson County CVB, Logan County Logan County is situated in the heart of the Hatfield-McCoy region. The area offers a variety of venues along with a unique history. Hotel rooms: 300 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Willie Akers Arena is a 3,500-seat multipurpose venue. Logan High School Stadium is a 3,000-seat football stadium. Chief Logan Recre- ational Center has three indoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool. Logan High School Roger Gertz Field is a high school ballpark. Contact: Hatfield McCoy CVB, Marion County In northern West Virginia, Marion County offers a rich cultural heritage and a number of unique attractions. Hotels: Approximately 10 properties Major facilities: Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Course includes two 18-hole courses. Morris Park has a tennis court, basketball court and 36-hole disc golf course. Mary Lou Retton Youth Park feature four baseball fields and basket- ball courts. Curtisville Lake is a 30-acre lake for fishing. Windmill Park hosts soccer and softball. Contact: Marion County CVB, Martinsburg Martinsburg is located in Berkeley County. The area encompasses 322 square miles and features the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. Hotels: Approximately 18 properties Major facilities: Route 9 offers a cycling path. Zetts Tri-States Fish Farm and Hatchery hosts fishing. W. Randy Smith Recreation Center is an 18,200-square-foot facility that houses a 14,000-square-foot gym with two basketball/volleyball courts. Contact: Martinsburg Berkeley County CVB, Mercer County Mercer County is nestled deep in the heart of scenic Appalachia. The coun- ty is composed of four historic towns: Bramwell, Bluefield, Princeton and Athens. Hotels: Approximately 15 properties Major facilities: Bluefield Golf Links is a nine-hole course. Winterplace Ski Resort has 27 trails and a snowboard park. The City of Princeton Parks and Recreation has an Olympic-size outdoor pool. Princeton Elks Country Club has a nine-hole public golf course. Contact: Mercer County CVB, Morgantown On the banks of the Monongahela River in the northern part of the state is Morgantown. The city is best known as the home of West Virginia University (WVU). The scenic city offers first-class facilities and easy accessibility as two ► MUST SEE: Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is a unique historical attraction in the city of Beckley. It once was an operating mine that was given to the city when the own- ers completed their excavation. Visitors can ride a mine car—which is guided by retired miners—underground to learn the history of coal mining in West Virginia. There is also a Coal Camp, which has a restored miner's shanty, one-room school house, superintendent's house and church. n Photo courtesy of Visit Southern WV Logan High School football stadium

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