Journey Through the Coal Fields

Experience coal field culture and cuisine as you travel through the scenic coal country of Southern West Virginia

Coal mining has been an important part of the culture of West Virginia for many years.  In the early part of the century, coal miners and their families lived in coal camps, communities isolated in the mountains whe re coal was king.  Coal mining has changed today, but its rich legacy lives on in Southern West Virginia. As you Journey Through the Coal Fields, you will experience the culture, the cuisine and community of the early days of Appalachia.

Visit Canyon Rim Visitor Center of the New River Gorge National Park. Ride on a the Coal Heritage Trail, a National Scenic Byway, and tour historic coal towns. Tour the Whipple Company Store. Eat a coal miner’s lunch prepared by Gourmet on the Gorge. Hear a concert of Appalachian gospel music. Learn about the Paint Creek/Cabin Creek Mine War.  Go underground in an actual coal mine at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and tour their Superintendent’s House, coal miner’s house and coal camp church. Shop for mountain arts and crafts at the nationally known arts center, Tamarack and dine their Food Court on food prepared by Greenbrier trained chefs.  Immerse yourself in the story of a coal camp woman as you watch the play Coal Camp Memories.