While the Appalachian Mountains actually range from Canada to Alabama, this cultural region is better known as more of the southern and central area of the mountains. Loaded with abundant natural resources and beauty, the real education is in actually seeing and experiencing firsthand what Appalachia is really like. The area has many fascinating historical sites and spectacular vistas for visitors to behold.
Potomac River, DC,MD,WV
Preserving America’s colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Originally, the C&O Canal was a lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, grain and other agricultural products floated down the canal to market.
David Berger National Memorial – Beachwood, OH
This site honors the memory of David Berger, an American citizen who was one of eleven Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. David had no expectations of winning a medal, but joined the Israeli weightlifting team to realize his dream – a dream which ended tragically. The Memorial is dedicated to his memory and the memory of the ten other athletes.
First Ladies National Historic Site – Canton, OH
Two properties, the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the seven-story 1895 City National Bank Building, are preserved at this site, which honors the lives and accomplishments of First Ladies throughout history. The site is managed by the National Park Service and operated by the National First Ladies’ Library.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park – Middlesboro, KY
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer…all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Harpers Ferry, WV
A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There’s a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.
Maggie L Walker National Historic Site – Richmond, VA
Richmond, Virginia is home to many famous Americans including one of the nation’s great entrepreneurial spirits, Maggie Lena Walker. Come visit her home in the Jackson Ward community. Through exhibits and guided tours, you will experience the life of this great African American woman, who was born during slavery and achieved success despite segregation and the limited opportunities offered to her race.
New River Gorge National River – Hinton, Beckley, Glen Jean, and Fayetteville, WV
A rugged, whitewater river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area – Oneida, KY,TN
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features, and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.