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ADVERTISEMENT MERCER COUNTY GETAWAYS


est Virginia’s Mercer County sits nestled in the heart of Appala-


chia. Outdoor enthusiasts recognize the area for its scenic hiking and moun- tain biking trails, fishing, and festivals. The community of Lyburn is a gate- way to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails (go to trailsheaven.com for details). Mercer County also contains Camp Creek State Park and Forest (800-CALL-WVA, camp creekstatepark.com), which has fish- ing, picnicking, and playgrounds. If fly- fishing’s your thing, call Riverbound


X-Stream Fly Fishing in Princeton at 304-487-3303. For winter activities, check out the Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent near Beckley (800-607-SNOW, winterplace.com). If you’d just like to see the scenery in an old-fashioned way, step aboard the Ridge Runner Train in Bluefield (304-327-2448, theridgerunner. org). Ridge Runner Train is only open on weekends, April-September. For more Mercer County info, call


800-221-3206, or go to visitmercer county.com.


Tamarack’s Arts and Crafts In Tamarack, billed as the nation’s


Imagine. “first showcase of handcrafts, fine


art, and regional cuisine,” you’ll find 59,000 square feet of shopping that features—in addition to the products for sale—working art studios for resi- dent artisans, a 178-seat theater, a fine art gallery, and “A Taste of West Virginia” eatery. Many of the craft people here cre- ate their unique works while you’re watching. It’s a taste of rural Americana worth a visit between your outdoor adventures: for the beautiful, heirloom-quality handcrafts such as glass, Appa- lachian quilts, pottery, and carved furniture. Tamarack is locat- ed at Exit 45 off of I-77/I-64 in Beckley. Get more information at 1-88-TAMARACK or tamarackwv.com.


See Bears and More at West Virginia Wildlife Center


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pshur County in north-central West Virginia—just west of the


million-acre Monongahela National Forest—exudes small-town charm, especially in the downtown Buck- hannon Historic District. It’s home to the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, a zoo with a twist. Operated by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center pro- vides realistic interactions with na- tive wildlife. Just take a wheelchair- accessible, 1.25-mile trail through a


mature hardwood forest and keep your eyes peeled for black bears, bob- cats, eagles, deer, and more. Don’t worry; they’re inside spacious enclo- sures. The Wildlife Center also fea- tures a gift shop, picnic facilities, and a pond filled with bluegill and catfish. Find out more by calling 304-473- 1400, or going to visitupshur.org.


tamarackwv.com 1-88-TAMARACK


OPEN DAILY | EXIT 45 I-77/I-64


Scouting for thousands of handcrafted items under one roof.


See Tamarack’s juried artisans create their works of art.


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