There's so much to do in Nature's Mountain Playground. See some of our upcoming events below, or click "More Events".
Don’t call them “weeds”. Our workshops and walks will show food preparations and the medicinal properties of Pocahontas County’s wild and wonderful spring plants. For more information, or to register for the event, please call 304-799-4087
One of the most dynamic and iconic live performers in Folk Music, six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon’s four-decade career has taken him around the world with his unique blend of stunning instrumental skills, incisive songwriting, and subtly seductive storytelling. Hilarious, heartwarming, stirring, and always entertaining.
The annual GREAT GREENBRIER RIVER RACE! The race is held the last Saturday in April each year. With great prizes, live music and good food,the event attracts a loyal following of racers and fans. Originally a team event with four members, canoeists, bicyclist and runner, the race has now attracted many people who do it solo. But there is still room for the whole family or the family dog on a team! Kayaks and canoes are both encouraged and the many categories encourage prizes for many racers. Proceeds from entry fees and our generous sponsors allow the trail association to sponsor various projects to improve and promote the trail. The race is a triathalon. You start in Marlinton, WV run to the trail and take it north to the turn around point then right back into town, to make 3 miles, then you jump in your boat and paddle down the river to the blue bridge in Buckeye, which is about 4 miles of paddling, then you run over to your bike and ride south down the trail for a bit and turn around to head north past where you started and all the way back up to Marlinton making a 10 mile bike ride and the end of the race!
Course content: Spend three days with experienced beekeepers learning the skills you need to care for a hive of your own. You will build a Langstroth hive and receive some essentials (except for the bees) to start to welcome your tiny fuzzy livestock in the spring. Topics will include basic bee biology, issues affecting bee health, benefits of keeping bees, and information about economic opportunities for beekeepers. Visit www.yewmountain.org/beekeeping.html for a detailed course schedule.
'Spring into Quilting' and enroll in classes that teach you new and unique techniques for quilting. A two-day course with classes held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please register. Call 800-336-7009 for more information on the event or for details on how to register.
Course content: Spend the weekend with experienced beekeepers learning the skills you need to care for a hive of your own. You will build a Langstroth hive and receive some essentials (except for the bees) to start to welcome your tiny fuzzy livestock in the spring. Topics will include basic bee biology, issues affecting bee health, benefits of keeping bees, and information about economic opportunities for beekeepers. Please call to register at 304-653-4079. For more information or schedule details
The Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek is an exciting 3-day,100-mile rail-to-trail mountain bike adventure that combines unforgettable mountain scenery with the unique sights of Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties and experiences of the robust Greenbrier River Trail that can only be encountered on foot or by bike.
Presenter: Casey Rucker has studied birding all over the world and extensively in West Virginia. He has led many birding excursions in the Appalachian mountains and is editor of Redstart, a publication of the Brooks Bird Club. Course content: Basics of birding, birding ethics, morning bird walks, brief history of land use in WV, local habitats and bird guilds, breeding cycles, challenges of protecting and raising young, bird population facts and trends, birding around the world, WV breeding bird atlas.
The Space Race Rumpus takes place every June in Pocahontas County, WV, which has some of the most scenic roads and trails in the mid-Atlantic. The rides and races explore both the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's unique property and the surrounding area. Come participate in guided road rides ranging from 20 - 50+ miles in length and guided mountain bike rides which range from absolute beginner through expert. Compete in low-key, beginner-friendly road and mountain bike races near radio telescopes! There will be rides and races for all ages and levels, as well as cycling clinics and vendors. We’ve improved our trail system and added some awesome new beginner courses this year. Each night will be a social event with local brews, group meals, tours of the night sky, bonfires, refreshments, live music and even a down home square dance. Come for the main event on Saturday. Come to camp. Come to try a race for the first time. Come for the challenge. Come for the kids' camp. Come for the Ladies' Clinic. Come for the Toddler Trek. Come to support local charities. Come to reconnect with family. Come because we'd miss you. Just leave your cell phone at home and come.
Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits. Wanderlust is an all-out celebration of mindful living. We bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat. This is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.
The Little Levels Heritage Fair is a celebration of art and culture of the Little Levels area of southern Pocahontas County, West Virginia. A schedule of events can be found at www.littlelevelsheritagefair.com.
The toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the race is set in the upscale ski village at Snowshoe, West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of hotels, shops and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the race track, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. The famed Blackwater 100 was the original GNCC race, and it took place in the same part of the state as Snowshoe. So to celebrate the Blackwater heritage, the Snowshoe race starts “in town.” Unlike a typical GNCC dead-engine start in a field, riders at the Snowshoe line up on a paved road in groups of five. They start live engine every 10 seconds, which makes for a spectacular scene. This is a fitting place for this type of event. Not only with it’s close proximity to Blackwater but the mountain itself has a rugged history. Snowshoe Mountain is the name of the resort, the mountain itself is actually named Cheat Mountain with its highest point, Thorny Flat, sitting at 4,848 feet making it the second highest point in the state of West Virginia. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, the mountain was home to a large logging operation thanks in part to the valuable timber on the property. Once the land was logged, it was found to be a great place for a ski resort and Snowshoe Mountain was born. Today, the ski slopes are named in honor of this rich logging history. But once the riders are on the course, everything beautiful disappears. A few miles of the course make up simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and hills going both up, and down, are enough to stop almost everyone, and if not for the help of the ever determined Howard's Hole “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) some sections may not be passable at all.
For the 22nd year Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops is pleased to present our annual study and celebration of West Virginia and Appalachian culture and heritage. It is an opportunity for students to join accomplished, honored performers mountains for a week of instruction and fun in beautiful Pocahontas County, West Virginia. In addition to learning in an intimate workshop setting, students will be invited to participate in exciting outdoor activities in the heart of the mountains that provided inspiration for some of the greatest work of West Virginia musicians and writers. Participants will be exposed to a type of interactive, collaborative instruction that is fresh and unique, yet preserves the honesty and emotional legacy of the culture. Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians, writers and artists who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their art in a traditional way in a traditional setting. Their goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. There is a strong emphasis placed on West Virginia style with an acknowledgement of the encompassing Appalachian culture. The Summer Workshops offer a chance for students of all ages and abilities to come together to learn, appreciate, and enjoy our West Virginia ways.
Spend hours in the forest and learn identification, ecology and lore of local medicinal plants. Participate in our forest farming project. Back at the lodge, learn how to prepare tinctures and other preparations with responsibly collected plant material. Learn how forest farming can protect wild populations of sought-after plants. This work has the potential to make us healthier as well as protect and enhance the forested environment. Visit yewmountain.org/forest-herbs.html for program schedule and details.
Family friendly homecoming style festival with country fair atmosphere. Music concerts nightly, featuring bluegrass, country and pop. Lots of shopping with local craft talent. Competitions in horseshoe pitching, photography, quilting, needlework and art keep all ages involved!
Some of the country’s best mountain bikers will meet one of the most epic courses in the East during this year’s championship ride at Snowshoe Mountain. Riders of all ages will take on Cheat Mountain in pursuit of adrenaline, bragging rights, various titles and that coveted stars-and-stripes jersey.
Learn more about the mushroom spices that inhabit Appalachia and how to prepare them. Visit yewmountain.org for more program details!
Come on up for the hoppiest, smoothest, most savory event in the summer lineup! Live music and craft brews? What more could you ask for?
It’s a Shoot ‘em Up Adventure in the mountains for young and old alike! Take this opportunity to ride steam driven Heisler No. 6 in Durbin with a cast of Western characters who take over the weekend. The Wild West Weekend in Durbin is an annual favorite!
What’s better than winning big? How about winning big AND helping your Snowshoe community! Cash and prizes totaling $250,000 will be given away in just one day. Your ticket gets you not one, but two chances to win, plus free food and drinks. Prizes include up to $25,000 cash, great getaways and awesome new rides, to name a few. You don’t have to be present to win, but let’s face it, it’s way more fun if you are! All proceeds benefit the Snowshoe Foundation. Please note: West Virginia law prohibits individuals under the age of 18 from entering the event area. This includes babies and children of all ages. Please make arrangements for child care or check out "Kids Day Out."
Make your way to Snowshoe Mountain Resort, as they host the 2018 International Bow Hunters Association World Championships.
The Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races is a primary fund-raiser for Watoga State Park Foundation. Furthermore, the Races are a great and fun trial for racers. The Challenge is 2 races. Most noteworthy is the Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon. Especially relevant is the 5K. In addition, each race is run on a separate mountain trail course while sharing the start – finish line.
Welcome to FreeFall! Where we turn everything up a notch... And then we pick up the tab! If you've never been to FreeFall, let's just say we celebrate the outdoor lifestyle all weekend long with one epic send off to summer. What makes it so epic? For starters: FREE live shows from J Roddy Walston and The Business, Yonder Mountain String Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Tim Reynolds You can also count on mountain-wide entertainment like Village games and contests, yoga and art classes, the WV Enduro MTB Series Championships, a Friday night Brewfest, Monster Energy BMX demos, and one of Snowshoe's famous firework shows. Sound good? Select activities such as the Brew Fest may not be free of charge. Other activities may require advance registration (even if there is no charge) due to limited space. Check back soon for more details.
Welcome to FreeFall! Where we turn everything up a notch... And then we pick up the tab! If you've never been to FreeFall, let's just say we celebrate the outdoor lifestyle all weekend long with one epic send off to summer. What makes it so epic? For starters: FREE live shows from J Roddy Walston and The Business, Yonder Mountain String Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Tim Reynolds You can also count on mountain-wide entertainment like Village games and contests, yoga and art classes, the WV Enduro MTB Series Championships, a Friday night Brewfest, Monster Energy BMX demos, and one of Snowshoe's famous firework shows. Sound good? More info here -> http://content.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events/freefall-festival Select activities such as the Brew Fest may not be free of charge. Other activities may require advance registration (even if there is no charge) due to limited space. Check back soon for more details.
Come join us September 1 and 2 for art, music, food, hikes, yoga, and all kinds of other fun.
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Local musicians, artisans, community members and visitors come together to experience and celebrate mountain music, craft and dance in the making. Friday night features Mountain Music Trail musicians kicking off the evening program at 7:30pm. Friday’s lineup includes: The River Drivers, Rebecca Wudarski, The Elk River Ramblers, and Born Old. Saturday afternoon activities begin at 1pm with the Mountain Music Trail Fiddle & Banjo Contest, as well as make-and-take crafting opportunities, craft demonstrations, children’s games, an open old-time music jam, fiddle and banjo contests, cornbread contest, and more. Kettle corn and homemade ice cream will be available throughout the day followed by a cornbread and soup bean dinner at 5:30 p.m. Entries for the cast iron cornbread contest must be at the Opera House by 4 p.m. to be considered. On Saturday evening, beginner square dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. with a traditional square dance to close the weekend’s festivities at 7 p.m. The Music in the Mountains Old-Time Festival is sponsored through the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau Cal Price Enrichment Series in partnership with the 4th Avenue Gallery Artisan Co-op. All activities take place at the Opera House.
You don’t have to be a survivalist to feel at home in the woods. This weekend is about finding inspiration and your comfy zone in nature. Yoga, forest fitness, wild plant medicine & food, woodland skills, delicious healthy meals, crafts, and music…choose to do it all, or take this time to breathe, rest, meander at your own pace. Visit https://www.yewmountain.org/wild-women-in-the-woods.html for a detailed schedule of program events.
It's back by popular demand! Head to Marlinton, WV for the renowned Autumn Harvest Festival and WV RoadKill Cook-off. Browse countless vendors and sample one-of-a-kind roadkill vittles right in here in Nature's Mountain Playground! Check back for more details on Appalachia's most whacky and unique festivals!
Come early for the 2018 Pocahontas County Autumn Harvest Festival to partake in a true Appalachian square dance. Don't know the moves? Don't worry! The kind folks of Pocahontas County will show you the steps so you and your family can join in on this rockin' good time! Check back for more details!
After getting your fill of wild food at Marlinton’s Autumn Harvest Festival and West Virginia Road-kill Cook-off, the Opera House invites you to come be a part of the “Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration.” The Hammons Family carried on long-standing traditions of fiddling, banjo playing, ballad singing and story telling at their remote mountain home in Pocahontas County. Their legacy continues and is proudly celebrated among today’s musicians. In recent years, musicians from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina have taken to the Opera House stage to pay tribute to the Hammons family, celebrating their own diverse range of musical styles and talents. Musicians and storytellers of all ages are invited to be a part of the celebration. Registration is free and available by calling the Opera House at 304-799-6645