Mike Bragg, who works at the visitor center at Morton, said he expected they would see at least 300 people throughout Sunday.
"It picked up really early," Bragg said. "I came in at 8 [this morning], and there were already some cars."
Melissa Windell, also of Columbus, Ohio, stopped to chat while walking a spunky dog named Trio. The two were headed home from one of many trips to Raleigh, N.C., where Windell's brother lives.
"We've hit some traffic on the way back today up by Wytheville, [Va.], but it's not been too backed up," Windell said. "Maybe an extra hour of time at the most."
Windell and Trio have been traveling together since Trio was a puppy, she said. The friendly canine does well, but Windell said she can tell when Trio "gets itchy" to have a stretch.
"A lot of people travel with their dogs nowadays, and a lot of these places have their pet walk areas, which makes it easier," Windell said of the rest area.
Despite the holiday travel being slow-going, drivers said there are highlights along their routes, some of which are in West Virginia.
"Just seeing the mountains and the hills, hearing everybody say, 'y'all,'" is a nice change of pace, Hayes said. She has relatives in both Parkersburg and Charleston.
"I love it," she said.
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