Highland Scenic Highway


Highland Scenic Highway

The Highland Scenic Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway, is a beautiful corridor through the National Forest.  This Byway extends 43 miles from Richwood to US Route 219.  It has four developed scenic overlooks. Each site provides a comfortable rest stop, with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Highway traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau, and rises from Richwood, elevation 2,325 feet, to over 4,500 feet along the Parkway.

The Highway is a paved two-lane road, designated as State Routes 39 and 150. Rt. 150 is a 23-mile Parkway section that is not maintained in the winter. Travel is discouraged on Rt. 150 between November and March, sometimes April. The road travels from Richwood, WV to US Highway 219, north of Marlinton, WV.  Speed limits are 55 mph for the State Route 39/55 section and 45 mph for the Parkway section. Commercial truck traffic is not allowed on the Parkway. 


For more information.  See Brochure and/or Map.

At a Glance

Information Center: For more information contact the Gauley Ranger District, 932 North Fork Cherry Road, Richwood, WV 26261 (304) 846-2695 or the Marlinton Ranger District, PO Box 210, Marlinton, WV 24954 (304) 799-4334.

General Information


Traveling south to north, follow State Route 150 from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center twenty-two miles to US Route 219. The scenic overlooks are named Williams River, Big Spruce, Little Laurel, and Red Lick. The sites are dispersed along the route.

General Notes:

For more information contact either the Gauley Ranger District, 932 North Fork Cherry Rd. Richwood, WV 26261; Phone 304-846-2695 or Marlinton Ranger District, PO Box 210, Marlinton, WV 24954; Phone 304-799-4334.

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