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"Get Real" in a place called Monroe...

Monroe County is located in the south-eastern section of West Virginia on the Virginia border. Only a few hours from major metropolitan areas, Monroe County is easily accessible from all directions via nearby interstate highways. 

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Monroe County Wolf Creek Backway - A West Virginia Scenic Backway, this road winds into karst topography with 18th century settlements -- Wolf Creek, Pickaway and Sinks Grove -- and great farm scenery. Alderson, at the spot where the backway joins the Lower Greenbrier River Byway, showcases its history with an arched bridge, old depot and several unique shops. Two lane paved. Alderson Depot - This station was originally built by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in 1896. Built in the Gothic style, the one-story wood frame station is typical of a standard station built on the C&O system at that time.  Located in the Alderson Historic District.Alderson is named after its founder, John Alderson, a Baptist frontier missionary. He eventually organized the first Baptist church in Greenbrier County in 1781, which eventually became Alderson Broaddus College in Phillippi, West Virginia. http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/ALD/Station_view Hokes Mill Covered Bridge - c. 1899; rehabilitated 2002  A single-span Queenpost/Long combination truss stretching 81' 6 inches over Second Creek.  Located:  West of Ronceverte, West Virginia in Hokes Mill, West Virginia on bypassed section of Hokes Mill Road. Originally built at a cost of $200.00 and provided access to Hokes Mill.  The bridge is owned by the state of West Virginia.  There is a plaque on the bridge stating:  CBRO 625 001E ALLEGHENY RESTORATION AND BUILDERS INC BUILT CIRCA 1899 BRIDGE NO 4363 REHABILITATED 2002.  It was bypassed and closed in 1991 but after rehabilitation is has been reopened to pedestrian traffic. Reeds Grist Mill - Water powered grist mill constructed in 1791 by Archibald McDowell and on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill is located on Second Creek, a stream of about 26 miles which originates on Peters Mountain and drains a large portion of Monroe County's eastern section. The creek is a power creek along which as many 26 different mills were located over the years -- grist, powder, hammer, saw and woolen. Mill is a significant example of timber framing. Entire weight of building carried by massive, hand hewn beams held together by wooden pegs. Not currently open to public. Moncove Lake - Moncove Lake contains 250 acres designated as a state park as well as an adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Management Area and 144 acre lake. Originally created in 1960, the Moncove Lake area was managed as Moncove Lake Hunting and Fishing Area until 1990, when 250 acres was set aside as a state park. The remainder of the land continues to be managed as a Wildlife Management Area. http://www.moncovelakestatepark.com/ Old Sweet Springs - Old Sweet Resort was a popular mineral springs resort from the late 1700s to the early 1930s. Many dignitaries – such as Queen Victoria and the King of England and 6 US presidents – visited the Old Sweet in its heyday. The resort featured famous mineral spring, cool evenings, splendid Sweet Springs Valley and Allegheny Mountains. Rehoboth Church - Old Rehoboth Shrine is the oldest church building still standing that is located west of the Alleghenies. The church was completed in June of 1786. An iron plaque spells the sentiment of those who gave the land and church for worship as long the grass grows and water flows. There is a museum conference center adjacent which has significant historical artifacts located in it. Church and museum are open April through October. Large picnic shelter available. Salt Sulphur Springs - Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Opened as a resort in 1820. Martin Van Buren, Henry Clay, and John Calhoun among prominent guests. General Jenkins and other Confederates made their headquarters here during several campaigns. Buildings still standing include: main part of the hotel, bathhouse, spring house, chapel, store building and two cottages. It is the largest complex of stone buildings in West Virginia. Laurel Creek Covered Bridge - Still in use on Laurel Creek Road, between Lillydale and Greenville, the bridge has the distinction of being the smallest remaining covered bridge in the state of West Virginia. McClungs Grist Mill- Moved to its present site in the early 1900's from Craig County, Virginia. The mill was used almost continuously for the grinding of grain through the late 1960's. Not currently open to the public. Farm Heritage Road - This drive through the verdant fields where so many farmers worked to feed their families consists of gently flowing creeks, rolling hills, and a ridge called Peters Mountain. Bird watchers should enjoy the view from Hanging Rock Tower as thousands of hawks and even a few bald eagles make their way through the area.What attracts most people to the Farm Heritage Road is the chance to see an area that has been left relatively unscathed by industrialization resulting in farms and barns that have been around for close to 200 years Potts Valley Rail Trail-The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul iron ore, then timber, out of the lush mountain region. Much of the 5-mile rail-trail lies within the George Washington and Jefferson national forests, while a small portion is on a private property right-of-way. Along the trail you will find interpretive signs about Potts Valley's history as well as benches to stop and take in the scenery or the quiet solitude of the forest. http://www.traillink.com/trail/potts-valley-rail-trail.aspx Hanging Rock - Situated atop Peters Mountain, the site was once manned as a fire observation post of the national forest. Now used by hawk watchers to observe migrations in the autumn, the vantage point rests at an elevation of 3,812 feet, nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor below. The lookout offers an outstanding panorama of Monroe County, and on clear days views can extend well into Mercer, Summers, and Greenbrier Counties in West Virginia, and Allegheny, Craig, Roanoke, and Giles Counties in Virginia. The observatory is reached via a 40 minute walk along the Allegheny Trail from the mountaintop parking lot along Monroe County Road 15. Indian Creek Covered Bridge - The Indian Creek Covered bridge was built by two teenagers in the early 1900s along the route which would later become US 219. The road closely followed an old Indian path known as the Seneca Trail, or alternately, The Warrior's Path. Present day US 219 doesn't vary too greatly from the course of the footpath used by tribes of the Iroquois Nation. Fountain Spring Golf Course - The 18-hole Fountain Springs course at the Fountain Springs Golf Course facility in Peterstown, West Virginia features 6,278 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 70.4 and it has a slope rating of 120 on Blue grass.  Designed by Russell F. Breedon.  http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course.aspx?course=1597856#ixzz25SHIeQbQ Cook's Old Mill - Erected in 1858 on the site of the original mill dating to the late 1700's. Much restoration has been done by present and previous owners. Grounds are open to the public for photography, picnics and fishing. Mill tours can be arranged by request. Mountain Shadow Trail - A West Virginia Scenic Backway, this road carries on the same theme and general character as the Farm Heritage Road, though in a slightly more rugged fashion. The farms carved out of these mountain valleys reflect the handiwork of settlers who, by choice or economic necessity, created an existence for themselves in somewhat isolated areas. The variety of the backway is bound together by the tangible presence of Peters Mountain, the 40 mile ridge of which is undoubtedly the county's most notable geographic feature. Although wildlife is abundant throughout the area, it is perhaps even more easily seen along these less traveled roads. One lane paved and narrow gravel. Great Eastern Divide - Monroe is the only West Virginia county which straddles the eastern divide. Rain falling in Sweet Springs Valley east of the divide will eventually empty into the Chesapeake Bay by way of the James River. Rain falling west of the divide finds its way to the Greenbrier and New Rivers and will reach the Gulf of Mexico through the courses of the Kanawha, Ohio, and Mississippi. Although Peters Mountain still looms high over the valley at the location of the divide, the valley floor here is in excess of 2600 feet above sea level.