|Winterplace, of course, is the attraction that keeps people coming to Flat
Top Mountain each winter. But there's more to see and do here in winter
and in summer. The mountain is surrounded on three sides by the national
parklands of the New River Gorge National River and the Bluestone National
Scenic River. Plus there are state parks and forests and
wildlife-management areas in every direction.
Descend by aerial-tram car into the canyon of the Bluestone National Scenic River at this wonderful four-seasons resort state park. Two golf courses, a lodge, vacation cabins, and several great restaurants are found on the park and nearby. Cross-country skiing is available in winter.
Featuring some of the most spectacular overlooks of the New River Gorge National River, Grandview is also among the most popular natural areas in the national parklands. Trails, picnic areas, and restrooms are open daily. The outdoor dramas "Honey in the Rock" and "Hatfields & McCoys" are performed each summer at its Cliffside Amphitheatre. Cross-country skiers will want to ply the park's Turkey Spur Road in winter.
Boardwalks and trails lead visitors through this wonderland of rock and water. A rare Appalachian Flatrock Ecosystem, the thundering falls, the rocky flats, and the mossy islands above and below are protected and interpreted by the National Park Service.
One of the region's lesser known state parks, this preserve is ideal for the outdoorsman, featuring crystal-clear trout stream, stocked in spring, and 80,000 mountainous acres of public hunting area beyond the park border. Hikers will enjoy the miles if quiet trails, especially those to the waterfalls on Camp Creek and Farley Branch.