|Why it’s hot: Accurately dubbed “the scenic jewel of the Potomac Highlands,” Pendleton County, West Virginia is home to more gorgeous views than citizens. Around 8,200 residents live in this area, which rubs elbows with the 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest.
The county offers a collection of natural beauty, from Seneca Rocks, a 900-foot quartzite formation known for its 375 (or so) mapped rock-climbing routes, to Spruce Knob, the highest point in the Mountain State (elevation 4,863 feet), where hikers can enjoy nearly 70 miles of winding trails.
How they live: Visitors and locals enjoy the Seneca Caverns Bluegrass Festival, the Spring Fest (which includes a trout rodeo, a fish fry, and both a taxidermy and bench hound show) and the Annual Treasure Mountain Festival.
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More information: visitpendleton.com