Points West 2008 travel blog

Interior of 1853 Church

Kanawha Falls

Kanawha Falls with Glen Ferris in background

View up Kanawha Valley

The Redbird on the New River

We hated to leave the Scenic View RVP in Berlin, OH. The RVP is set on top of a hill with 360 degree views and is the only one we have visited which advertises as catering to over 55 visitors. There is no playground, bath facilities, horseshoe pits, tent sites or any other amenities other than having well groomed grounds, electric, water and sewer hookups and long level sites. The parking pad is crushed gravel with grass covering the area between the pads. The park is located near the center of the Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio making for easy access to all areas of the county.

The park also had an excellent WI FI signal, the fastest I have found on this trip and it is free. For access in your wheeled home, utilize the two areas of the park nearest the office. I never spoke with anyone who appeared to be running the campground but did observe a couple mowing the grass. Without bathroom and other common areas to clean and maintain, they appear to let the park run itself while they take care of maintenance.

Our trip today took us due south along I-77 through eastern Ohio and into West Virginia at Parkersburg. At Charleston, WV we left I-77 and took WV Highway 60 which is on the Midland Trail and is a National Scenic Byway. The part of the road we took today ran though a narrow valley created by the Kanawha River and is heavily industrialized for the first few miles before giving way to a more pastoral appearance. We have stopped for the day at Gauley Bridge, WV. At this point, the Gauley and New Rivers join to form the Kanawha River which then flows on through Charleston and ultimately joins the Ohio River.

Our RVP is located on the New River which we will follow further south and east tomorrow before hitting US 19 and resuming our southerly movement, Although we do not intend to follow US 19 all the way to Dahlonega as I am certain some additional side trips beckon.

A few photo opportunities today including a church built in 1853 and in good repair serving as a community center. The Kanawha River had dams and locks for several miles east of Charleston and after the dams influence wanes, there are falls near Gauley Bridge and the appropriate photos were taken. There is a lot of history along this route as the road was conceived by George Washington and completed in this area in 1790.

Hopefully our trip tomorrow on the New River will present additional opportunities to use the camera.

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