Martinsburg West Virginia is the designated county seat
of Berkeley County which is one of the oldest counties
in the state. It was founded back in the late 1700s by
one General Adam Stephen. Between 1700s and 1800s the
Cumberland Trail, which Martinsburg West Virginia is situated
along, was a paramount route used frequently during the
Civil War. One of the Martinsburg attractions is the fact
that it's only minutes from Harpers
Ferry where West Virginia history runs deep.
Like most West Virginia towns and cities, Martinsburg travel options include convenient access to a wealth of outdoor recreation. Just like Harpers Ferry tourism Martinsburg thrives due to its situation along the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Here, West Virginia rafting is at its finest as are kayaking and river walks. Many West Virginia tours run white water rafting trips which are another of the Martinsburg attractions that draw in tourists. With numerous area stables horseback riding is another favorite pastime during Martinsburg travel. Both experienced riders and beginners can enjoy trail rides in beautiful surroundings.
With a thriving sector in tourism Martinsburg activities have become more accessible with many tour companies and guides offering excursions and day trips to explore the area further. Abundant biking and hiking trails lie within close driving distance, as do a number of excellent state parks, leisure spots and hot springs too. One of the biggest Martinsburg attractions is the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, one of the most entertaining and fun annual events in the area. Each year residents and visitors celebrate the yearly apple harvest with live entertainment, a parade, fireworks and pie baking contests.
Martinsburg travel in the area is a piece of cake with a number of Martinsburg hotels to choose from for an extended stay. Nature nuts will appreciate a long drive throughout the country side with vibrant scenery and brisk mountain air refreshing your spirit along the way. Stop for a game of West Virginia golf, cast your line for a few hours of fishing or just continue your drive and explore the area. For visitors who enjoy more retail-oriented tourism Martinsburg is home to the delightful Old Towne Shopping Center. Old Towne has numerous flagship shops, specialty stores, jewelers and boutiques. It's also steps from the main street where there are many great restaurants to try out.
Other Martinsburg attractions and things to do include the Civic Theater circa 1900s, the Heritage Craft Center and the Art Center. West Virginia campgrounds provide terrific access to beautiful nature areas like Willow Run Farm and Sleepy Creek. A slew of historic sites all paint a colorful picture of Martinsburg's past like the B & O Roundhouse and Ticket Station, Bunker Hill Mill, Maidstone Manor House and old Seibert Distillery. With almost twenty area antique shops, treasure hunters are sure to find unique gift and souvenirs to take home. Martinsburg makes an ideal weekend getaway for those pressed for time but needing a retreat. With Harpers Ferry nearby and so many engrossing attractions there is an avalanche of things to keep everyone occupied and having fun.