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Adventure Travel to West Virginia: 7 Destinations For Visitors Looking For Excitement

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The mountains, valleys, ancient rivers and unusual architectural structures make West Virginia a perfect place for adventure travel.

Here are seven destinations for visitors looking for excitement in the Mountain State:

1. West Virginia Penitentiary: For those who like a little mystery and haunt in their adventure travel, try taking a West Virginia Penitentiary tour. Located in Moundsville, this gothic style prison held the toughest of prisoners from the 1860s until the mid 1990s. Visitors can choose from several paranormal tours of the facility. If you are really looking for a unique adventure try the overnight private paranormal investigation.

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Harpers Ferry Canopy Tour: After checking out the history at Harpers Ferry, try the adventure of a canopy tour. It includes a zip line experience on eight different lines that dangle high above the tree canopy. The area also includes an aerial adventure park with 72 different climbing and rope challenge elements.

3. Prickett's Fort State Park: This historical recreation of a fort from the 1770s sets the scene for a more low-key family adventure — like a step back in time. After touring the fort, rent bikes at the state park visitor's center and hit the trails.

4. White Water Rafting: West Virginia offers many white water rafting adventure travel experiences. Try the River Riders in the Harper's Ferry area. The company offers tubing, kayaking, raft rides and zip lining.

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5. Cass Scenic Railroad: Try the adventure of a steam locomotive ride at the Cass scenic Railroad State Park. West Virginia was home to the first successful railroad in the country. Re-live that history in Cass where families can rent restored company houses for vacation homes and take train trips behind the steam-driven power of year's gone-by. Tickets for the train include admission to the museum and a logging camp tour. Also try Mountain Rail Adventures where travelers can go on one of two restored Wabash Rail Road cabooses for an overnight adventure into a remote setting.

6. Greenbrier Bunker Tour: This 112,500 square foot bunker was built into the mountains of the West Virginia at the height of the Cold War. It was essentially a massive bomb shelter backup for the federal government. Under the cover of a luxury hotel, this bunker which was an active secret federal facility for 30 years. The bunker was built with a hospital clinic, cafeteria, meeting rooms for congress and dorms designed to accommodate over 1000 people.

7. Hatfield and McCoy Trails: This trail system which takes its name from the most famous family feud in American History allows adventures on ATV and dirt bikes. This adventure-riders haven includes more than 700 miles of off road trails through nine counties.

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