New Travel Guide from Washington Dulles to Elkins

This guide is intended to help travelers unfamiliar with the routes from the DC area to Elkins, WV.  There are numerous shops, wineries, breweries, local eateries, hiking & biking trails, scenic overlooks, and countless other points of interest all along the way.  By no means are we trying to list them all or making any form of judgement by listing them or not.  A direct trip will be approx. 200 miles and take about 4 hours – however, should you find yourself with some time to spare, below are mentioned some of the more known stops along the way.

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Historic Beverly

Welcome to Historic Beverly, West Virginia—the small town with big history!

Beverly Heritage CenterLocated between the TRA campsite and the NSS convention site, Beverly offers a variety of options for visitors to take in its long, rich history. The Beverly Heritage Center and the Randolph County Historical Society museums, located in the center of Beverly, show visitors examples of life in Beverly from the earliest settlers in the 1770s to more recent history.

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History of Elkins

Welcome to Elkins SignIncorporated in 1890 by Stephen B. Elkins and Henry Gassaway Davis, the City of Elkins is situated in the bend of the Tygart Valley River. Working together, Elkins and Davis developed a logging empire and built the WV Central and Pittsburg Railway to accommodate their need to transport the product.  This advancement provided the impetus for the growth and establishment of Elkins as a permanent community providing the necessary amenities for an expanding workforce.  

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NSS News – February 2020

NSS News Feb 2020A major attraction at every NSS Convention is the opportunity to visit the caves in a new area and the 2020 Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, is no exception. However, there is plenty of other activity during the day for those who want a break from caving. Most daytime activities will be at the Elkins High School where sessions, workshops, vertical activities, and specialized meetings will be held. These include the always popular U.S. and International Exploration sessions that feature updates on major projects throughout the U.S. and the world.

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Geology Field Trip

The 2020 NSS Geology Field Trip will stop at five locations. The first three of these will be at the Bowden quarry area to discuss the Greenbrier Group Mississippian stratigraphy, at Smoke Hole Caverns to tour the cave and discuss the Helderberg and Tonoloway Silurian-Devonian rock units, and at Seneca Rocks for lunch and to discuss the Wills Mountain Anticline. We will then drive the length of Germany Valley and stop at Hellhole, where we will discuss the karst in the valley, the exploration that has taken place there, and the Ordovician stratigraphy. Our final stop will be at Seneca Caverns, which we visit.

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WVACS Pre-convention Camp Update

West Virginia Association for Cave Studies (WVACS) is hosting a pre-camp from July 20th-25th ,2020 at the WVACS field station located in Renick, WV, about 15 minutes north of Lewisburg and 2 ½ hours south of Elkins on 219. There will be cave trips, a few meals, and other activities. Facilities include showers, flushing toilets, limited bunk space and plentiful camping. Cost will be $10/day.

For more information contact Jessica Reep:
Email: j.reep@aol.com;
phone#: 540-429-5861.