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North Carolina -v- West Virginia

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North Carolina -v- West Virginia

Hi - need some help - we're travelling from the UK next summer and will probably fly into Washington - undecided which is the better area - North Carolina or West Virginia - there is just 2 of us and we love hiking and kayaking - both have some lovely state parks but would welcome any feedback or helpful links on where to stay - thank you....

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1. Re: North Carolina -v- West Virginia

Are you flying into Washington DC or Washington state? Big travel distance between the two.....

I have been to WV many times, but I feel that our mountains are much more beautiful. It will be hard to find the differences you are looking for by posting on the state specific forums. If you are going to be driving as a road trip, you may want to post on the road trips forum.

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I imagine you would be flying in Washington, DC. You could certainly do both West Virginia and North Carolina. One way would be to head into WV on Interstate 64 going in Lewisburg, then on toward Beckley. From Beckley head south on Interstate 77 thru Virginia and then into North Carolina. There are a few state parks you could hit going this way. If you look at a map you will see the route I am talking about. It would be very easy drive. Of course you would want to spend a few days in each state.

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Hi - many thanks for the message - we'll be flying into Washington DC - thanks for the tip - I'll post it on the road trip forum as well....

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Are you going to be camping or are you planning to stay in a cabin or lodge? West Virginia state parks offer more cabin/lodge accomodations than the ones in NC, though there are plenty of accomodations near the NC parks. Here's another place to throw into the mix - good area for both hiking and kayaking in SW Virginia, lovely campground with other accomodations nearby:

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/gra.shtml

You will be travelling to a lovely area of our country with plenty of outdoor recreation. Happy planning!

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many thanks - we'll be looking at a cabin - unfortunately days of camping are long gone and relish in creature comforts now!!!

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I would choose Western North Carolina. Sadly, much of beautiful West VA has been scarred by coal strip mines. Moreover, NC is more tourist friendly, in my opinion.

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7. Re: North Carolina -v- West Virginia

Some beautiful State Parks (with cabins) to consider for your trip thru beautiful West Virginia. Starting from the northeast area (where you would probably be driving in from) and heading south: http://www.wvstateparks.com/map.html

http://www.cacaponresort.com/

http://canaanresort.com/

Maybe stop at gorgeous Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. Lots to do in the summer there. Also Cass Scenic Railroad is very close. Gorgeous area. Beartown St. Park has a very nice boardwalk thru the forest. Not much else there..but it is really pretty. Many photo ops!

Heading further south....stop at Grandview National Park.....for the "grand view"! Little Beaver St. Park is just down the road from there. Then the next State Park with Lodging is....

http://www.pipestemresort.com/

Camp Creek Park is close by as well...no lodging, but very pretty hiking trails, as well as the creek.

Then...head on into Virginia and continue on to North Carolina.

That link to the state parks (above) should help you. The parks in red have lodging. Coming in the summertime you will probably not see or notice any strip mining at all. Have fun!

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8. Re: North Carolina -v- West Virginia

thanks for the reply - lots of things to choose from - can't wait to get out there next year.....

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How could I have forgotten to mention...rafting!! West Virginia is well known for its Gauley and New Rivers and the white-water rafting! Here are just three of many rafting companies you could try. Even if you don't do the rafting part, there is still plenty of activities with any of these companies...zip lines, hiking, rappelling, bridge/cat walk, other water sports....etc.

http://www.raftinginfo.com/

http://www.rivermen.com/

http://www.aceraft.com/

Tourist friendly??? YES....we are!!

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My husband and I love to hike and even though I was born and raised in N.C, I vote for West Virginia. N.C. state parks do not begin to have the park lodging facilities that West Va. does. One of my favorite trips (and it is listed in Reader's Digest's book "The Most Scenic Roads in America") is to spend several nights in Blackwater Falls State Park where there is a lovely waterfall and lots of hiking opportunities. A nice day trip is to Dolly Sods Scenic Area (an area of Canadian-like tundra with numerous trails. We also like to head down to Seneca Rocks and hike plus watch the rock climbers in action. Further south you could overnight at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, enroute stopping at Gaudineer Scenic Area with its 140 acres of Virgin Forest, estimated to be over 300 years old. Cass Scenic Railroad state Park neary has an old track and you can ride on a train pulled by the last remaining Shay and Heisler engines. It's all very scenic and I don't recall any real areas of strip mining along this route.