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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulHighland Scenic Highway Overlook

About Star-Rated PicnicsMarlinton Ranger District
PO Box 210
Marlinton, WV
Phone: (304)799-4334

The Highland Scenic Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway, has four developed scenic overlooks. Each site provides a comfortable rest stop, with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Highland Scenic Highway is the region's highest road - at 4,500 feet above sea level..

The Highland Scenic Highway is designated as State Routes 39 and 150. The route travels from Richwood, WV to US Highway 219, north of Marlinton, WV. The overlooks are located along the Parkway portion on State Route 150.

Traveling south to north, follow State Route 150 from the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center twenty-two miles to US Route 219. The scenic overlooks are named Williams River, Big Spruce, Little Laurel, and Red Lick. The sites are dispersed along the route.

The Highway 39 section of the Highland Scenic Highway, from Richwood, West Virginia to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, is open all year. The Parkway section, Highway 150, is open from the spring through the fall months. The Parkway is not maintained for winter travel.

Each scenic overlook has a paved parking area, restrooms, and a picnic shelter with table. Interpretive signing is located at several sites, and an interpretive boardwalk is located at the Big Spruce Scenic Overlook. Red Lick Scenic Overlook has a large picnic shelter with four tables. Trailheads are located near each Overlook.

On a clear day, each scenic overlook provides a splendid view of the surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Spring blossoms, summer greenery, and fall colors are special attractions along the Highland Scenic Highway.

There are no fees for use of the scenic overlooks.

Reservable - No. Sites are on a first come, first served basis.

  • Dogs are permitted if on a leash at all times.
  • Limited to day-use only.

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