The West Virginia panhandle is just FULL of history, natural beauty and tons of tons of towns and things to see and do! The eastern panhandle is a small area in between Maryland and Virginia. It’s incredibly easy to visit all of the following places because there are so many major highways and routes that take you to all of them.
The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is a beautiful area bursting at the seams with fun and historical places. Civil War history is everywhere you go in the panhandle. Those looking for a stimulating yet relaxing journey through our country’s past will find many things to satisfy that desire here. Check out our top 5 things to do around the West Virginia eastern panhandle – and let me know what you think!
5 Free Things To Do in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle
George Washington’s Bathtub – Berkeley Springs – Berkeley Springs State park is home to mineral springs that were a favorite spot for George Washington to take a dip. A variety of baths and treatments are available today. The surrounding town of Berkeley Springs offers a unique shopping and dining experience as well. This is in the northern part of the West Virginia panhandle, straight west of Hagerstown, Maryland.
Paw Paw Tunnel
Paw Paw Tunnel – Paw Paw – This hand carved tunnel on the C & O Canal eliminated 6 miles of canal by digging through a mountain instead of following the twisting Potomac River. It’s dark so bring a flashlight and enjoy a pleasant stroll through a mountain. Those looking for more adventure will enjoy the entire C & O Canal which spans 184 miles from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD. To get here you drive a bit further west of Berkeley Springs. It’s barely in the West Virginia panhandle – I’d say it is on the western edge of it.
Martinsburg Roundhouse – Martinsburg – This roundhouse, the surrounding machine shops, and miles of train rail were destroyed by General Stonewall Jackson in 1861. The first national labor strike took place here in 1877. While in Martinsburg, check out the childhood home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd. Martinsburg, West Virginia is a fantastic place! It’s directly in the eastern panhandle – 30 minutes from Winchester, Virginia and 30 minutes from Hagerstown, Maryland!
Happy Retreat – Charles Town – This estate was build by Charles Washington, younger brother of George Washington and founder of Charles Town. Today the estate hosts events and is listed as a National Treasure. While in Charles Town, visit the courthouse where John Brown was tried and found guilty of murder and treason.
Federal Arsenal – Harpers Ferry – Harpers Ferry was the site of John Brown’s raid. A visit to Harpers Ferry is like a step back in time. The entire lower section of town has been preserved to look like it did during the Civil War. Harpers Ferry is a must see spot on any visit to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
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