Highland Scenic Highway

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Highland Scenic Highway

The Highland Scenic Highway is a designated National Scenic Byway that extends 43 miles from Richwood to US Route 219, north of Marlinton. Four scenic overlooks provide a comfortable rest stop, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Highway traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau, and rises from 2,325 feet near Richwood to more than 4,500 feet.

The Highway is a paved two-lane road, designated as State Routes 39 and 150. Route 150 is a 23-mile Parkway section that is not maintained in the winter. Winter travel on the road may be treacherous, the road is often impassible during winter storms. Travel is highly discouraged on Route 150 between November and April. Toilets at overlooks are closed in winter.

At a Glance

Restrictions:
  • 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. 
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

Directions:

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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Additional Resources


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Scenic Driving

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Scenic Driving

Recreation areas with activity Scenic Driving:

Four Scenic overlooks located on the Parkway portion of the Highway provide spectacular views of the Allegheny Highlands.  On a clear day, each scenic overlook provides a splendid view of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Spring blossoms, summer greenery, and fall colors are special attractions along the Highland Scenic Highway.


Winter Sports

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