By C.V. Moore
Ansted has recently been named one of the best “51 Mini Family Vacations” in the U.S. by Parenting Magazine. This list focuses on mini-vacation destinations that are both fun and cheap.
Ansted, in Fayette County in the middle of whitewater rafting county, offers plenty of fun options for the entire family, says the town’s mayor, R.A. “Pete” Hobbs.
“It is very nice to be recognized in Parenting’s Mini Vacation listings as a worthy stop,” says Hobbs. “Fall brings a wonderful time of the year to Ansted when the many colors of autumn abound and our Hawks Nest Rail Trail is at its very best. Don’t miss the newly placed interpretive signage telling the geology story of the New River Gorge and the prehistoric Teays River.”
Hawks Nest State Park, along the New River Gorge, offers breathtaking views, camping, lodge accommodations, hiking, and an aerial tramway that transports visitors to the bottom of the New River Gorge.
The Mystery Hole, great for both children and the child at heart, offers a “gravity-defying” experience that you must “see to believe.”
Ansted also offers a great deal in culture and history, including the African American Heritage Family Tree Museum, the Ansted Culture and History Museum, the Contentment House (home of Ansted’s first mayor), the Page-Vawter House (coal baron house), the gravesite of Stonewall Jackson’s mother and more.
For more information about Ansted and all it has to offer, call Ansted Town Hall at 304-658-5901. And for more information about tourism opportunities throughout West Virginia, visit www. wvtourism.com.