"Along the same line used by loggers a century ago, mountainside steam trains journey to Bald Knob summit," writes TrainTraveling.com. The website's Cass Scenic Railroad profile describes the peak as "the perfect vantage point for sweeping views of the surrounding Monongahela National Forest."
The story is at www.traintraveling.com/10-best-usa-tourist-trains.
Family Trails Weekend
CAIRO, W.Va. -- Family Trails Weekend, May 31 through June 2 at North Bend State Park, features a variety of outdoor and family activities.
A nature scavenger hunt, hikes, bird walks, kayak demonstrations, a fishing derby and more are planned for the weekend.
Race Around the Bend is the West Virginia Mountain Biking Association's sixth in the 2013 point series race featuring prizes and awards for all skill levels and age groups. A cross-country ride begins at noon on June 2. An entrance fee is required. Visit www.wvmba.com. A special race for kids begins at 11 a.m. and a just-for-fun race starts at 12:30 p.m., both at the Cokeley Recreation Area.
For more information, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.
Ghost musical extended
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- In celebration of West Virginia's 150th anniversary, Greenbrier Valley Theatre is presenting its original musical, "The Greenbrier Ghost," at 7 p.m. May 30 and 31, June 1, 12, 14, 19 and 26-29, at 2 p.m. June 1 and 29.
Tickets cost $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $15 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the GVT box office at 304-645-3838.
The play tells the seemingly true local legend of Zona Heaster Shue, a young woman who grew up in the Richlands area of Greenbrier County and was murdered in 1897. The girl's mother claimed a ghost told her that her daughter had been murdered by her husband. The testimony of the ghost was allowed as evidence in the husband's trial.
Sporting clays field
DAVIS, W.Va. -- A new sporting clays target field was set to open Memorial Day weekend at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
"The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley Resort can enjoy," said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The five-stand shooting field is located in the Canaan Valley Tube Park, adjacent to the ski area. A range supervisor will be present during operating hours, and shooters get 25 shots for $25. For more information, visit http://canaanresort.com/ and click on the Activities tab.
Train to The Greenbrier
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society is sponsoring a day trip on June 20 from Huntington and Charleston to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday.
There will be a buffet breakfast on board the train, which will travel through the New River Gorge.
At The Greenbrier, passengers will enjoy a buffet luncheon, a tour of the bunker, access to the casino and afternoon tea.
The return trip will be by motor coach with a stop at Tamarack.
The price is $279 per person. Call 866-639-7487 for reservations.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- The 14th annual Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival and marathon takes place June 7-9 in Williamson and Matewan.
The festival will include a variety of activities and free entertainment for the whole family. The June 8 marathon encompasses 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile runs plus a kids' mini marathon.
Tours of Hatfield-McCoy feud sites will be narrated by two experts on the feud. The three-hour tours will leave at 2 p.m. June 7, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 8, and 9 a.m. June 9 from the Sycamore Inn in Williamson. Tours cost $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.