NORTHERNMOST VIRGINIA

I’ll have a full trip report from the drive out to West Virginia up soon. My girlfriend and I hit up a pumpkin patch and the Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs – but because I need to get this out of my system, yes, we made it to the summit of Virginia. No, not the highest point – but the northernmost. Tucked away at the southeastern fringe of Cacapon State Park in West Virginia.

The dirt road up the mountain is more gorgeous than treacherous

To get to this little corner of land one has to enter the State Park’s main entrance and follow the signs pointing to the mountain overlook. The road up there  is rough and rocky – but save for a couple severe potholes (go slow!!), the mountainside pass is a relatively smooth ride. Apparently this road gets closed off from November-March – so now is the time to go if your anxious to see some fall colors in action. There was a wedding at the park that day and I felt the place was slightly more trafficked than usual – we met about four cars going down and two more coming up on the way back. It’s remote, but not unknown.

Huge satellite towers on the Virginia side

The road leads into Virginia territory – which, according to Cacopon officials, it’s their road, but technically you’re no longer on state park land,  even though your on Cacapon Mountain. There is a hairpin turn that begins to wind you back into West Virginia. There are some satellite towers on the Virginia side – which might be the single greatest use of Virginia owning part of this elevated plot. Yet another side road is blocked – which on Google Maps satellite view seems to show what likely is a control building for the towers.

A view of the corner from the driver's seat

The road literally leads you through the northernmost point – right over the corner. I almost felt this was purposeful – though there was no marker within eyesight to celebrate this point. Breeah and I (well, mostly I) quickly celebrated reaching the apex and continued to drive to the overlook less a half  mile away.

I’ll have much more from this trip sometime tomorrow, including the scenic overlook itself – which comes with an interesting fact and nice little history lesson.

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