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Snow Shoe Mountain
by Harriett Kaminski

My four days sight-seeing in Eastern West Virginia began on Tues, Aug 21, 2001 and ended on Friday night, August 24, 2001.

The first stop was Snow Shoe Mountain at 4848 ft high. The village is at the top of the mountain and the scenery is beautiful. The village is very interesting. West Virginia's only 5 star restaurant is in the village of Snow Shoe, called The Red Fox. The entire meal experience was wonderful.

Snow Shoe receives over 150 inches of snow each winter. There are more than 50 ski trails and 15 chair lifts. We rode a chair lift approx. 1000 ft down to a beautiful lake. The wildlife included many deer and we saw one black bear.

The mountain roads are winding and the road up to Snow Shoe is six miles of beautiful scenery. It is 362 miles from Cleveland. Here is their website. There are many things to do in the summer and affordable rate packages.

On Wednesday we drove 15 miles to the Town of Cass. This was a company town and the houses are slowly being restored by West Virginia. At one time there was a lumber company and logging company but they are all now closed. However, the Shay railroad has been restored and we rode the coal train up the mountains to see where all the logging was done and enjoy the scenery.

On Thursday morning we left Snow Shoe for Green Bank about 20 miles away to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. This is owned by the US Government and operated by the National Science Foundation with cooperative agreement by Associated Universities.

There are many telescopes including the largest one in the world. There is a wonderful tour and it's free. One thing we learned is that cell phones do not operate in that section of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. The people of Green Bank cannot use Microwave ovens!

We then drove to Pipestem Resort State Park. This is a large park and overlooks the Bluestone Gorge. I stayed at the Lodge at the top of the Gorge. I was pleased with the very nice rooms and the excellent food. There is a lodge 1000 ft down at the bottom of the Gorge and the only way to get there is a 3600 ft aerial tramway. I did not ride the tramway down but was told it is beautiful by the Bluestone River and the lodge food excellent.

The Bluestone Gorge is all part of the New River Gorge that runs for 56 miles and is part of the Federal Park System. Don't miss seeing the New Rover Gorge Bridge, a 3,000 foot steel arch soaring across the canyon. The New River is 876 ft below. This is a whitewater area.

We arrived back in Cleveland late Friday evening. West Virginia is a beautiful state and the people are so happy to see you.

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