State: West Virginia
Length: 180.0 mi / 289.7 km
Time to Allow: Two days to enjoy the byway.
Crucial in the First Campaign of the Civil War, this road now features pristine Civil War sites and charming historic towns. Hike through vast forests; fish in secluded waters; ride a wild mountain railroad. Explore this byway whose woods, small farms and beautiful mountain vistas take you back to an earlier time.
If you hear strange and spooky sounds drifting through the seemingly endless corridors of the centuries-old Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, don't count on blaming it on your overactive imagination!
Set amidst the mountainous Monongahela National Forest, the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike offers you a rewarding experience that unfolds with every curve in the road. Take the Turnpike across West Virginia, a state steeped in Civil War remnants, and find golden historical treasures all along the way from the upper Shenandoah Valley to the Ohio River.
to Enjoy the Ride...
2-Day Trip: The Historic Beaten Path: Transportation and Conflict
Traveling from Staunton, the original beginning of the turnpike, you enter the byway at the Virginia / West Virginia state line on the top of...