The town of Hillsboro, West Virginia offers many recreational opportunities nearby. Some interesting places to visit include the following. Click on the names to link to websites for more information.
Droop Mountain Battlefield
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War Battle. The Civilian Corps (CCC) built the Museum, Lookout Tower, and other buildings in the 1930's. Droop Mountain Battlefield provides a perfect family atmosphere with a picnic area, beautiful lookout tower, and miles of hiking trails.
Beartown State Park
Beartown State Park is a natural area with a boardwalk trail passing through unusual rock formations, massive boulders, overhanging cliffs, and deep crevasses. Beartown is closed during the winter.
The Cranberry Glades is the largest area of bogs or acidic wetlands in West Virginia. As you walk along the boardwalk, you can see many unique plants and animals. Visiting the nature center will give you an up-close look at the various species which you may encounter along your walk through nature.
Falls of Hills Creek
The Falls of Hills Creek is the glittering jewel in the crown of the Monongahela National Forest. The Hills Creek is rated one of West Virginia's cleanest streams by the Department of Natural Resources. The Falls of Hills Creek is a quiet area with three rambunctious waterfalls. The trail is a dirt walkway with rocks and small boulders; towards the lower falls there is a large set of metal steps that can be slippery, so use caution in that area.
Highland Scenic Highway
The Scenic Highway is a visual masterpiece through the Monongahela National Forest. It extends 22 miles with four gorgeous scenic overlooks. The parkway is not maintained for winter travel and can be extremely dangerous in the winter months. This very remote area should not be traveled during snowfall or icing conditions.
Watoga State Park
Watoga State Park is the largest state park in West Virginia. Watoga offers campgrounds, cabins, hiking trails, and a beautiful lake where you can paddle-boat, row-boat, and fish. Watoga also has a very nice swimming pool, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a game room. Watoga has over 10,000 acres of sprawling woodland. This is a photo of Anne Bailey Lookout taken by S. Chappell.
Greenbrier River Trail
The Greenbrier River Trail runs from Cass WV to Caldwell, WV along the Greenbrier River. What used to be the old railroad is now converted into a beautiful trail perfect for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
Thanks to S. Chappell, S. McPaters, and N. Martin for the photos.