U.S. Route 60, the Midland Trail Scenic Byway
, winds its way for 180 miles across the state of West Virginia, and it seems as if every mile brings a scene more beautiful than the last. The route passes by forests, waterfalls of all sizes and, of course, the New River Gorge -- the Grand Canyon of the East. Within a less-than-five-mile stretch between Kanawha Falls and Gauley Bridge alone, you'll find a dozen or so waterfalls.
The route passes by Babcock State Park (check my gallery of photos from that park) and the Hawk's Nest State Park Overlook (check my gallery of photos from this park as well). The highest point is Big Sewell Mountain near Fayetteville -- at an ear-popping 3,170 feet.
A "must-see" for everyone passing through this route is The Mystery Hole
just outside Ansted near Hawks Nest State Park, where kitsch is the order of the day and visitors can watch as balls roll uphill and chairs magically "stick" to the center of the walls in a special gravity-defying room.