Scenic Drive along Rt. 55 / US 48 to Abrams Creek Campground, Mt. Storm, WV
From D.C. to Abram's Creek Sights to see along the Scenic Route (taking Rt. 66 / I-81 / WV 55 + US 48)
Rt. 55 in WV is a very scenic country road. The stretch of Rt. 55 beyond Petersburg to Seneca Rocks (22 miles out of the way) provides one of the most beautiful and scenic stretches of country road south of coastal Maine. Most of Rt. 55 follows a magnificent river valley, with this section being particularly spectacular with exposed massive rock structures abutting out of the mountains and a gorgeous shallow river following every mile of road. Roadside scenic parks are plentiful and magnificent.
The rock structures have names like Seneca Rocks, Baker Rocks, and Champe Rocks. Smokehole caverns (www.smokehole.com) and Seneca caverns (www.senecacaverns.com) are also on this detour. You will pass endless log cabins and a whole town called Cabins, WV which was named for obvious reasons.
Note: Although scenic, Rt. 55 goes through many small towns, has lots of unexpected turns through towns and even goes onto super highway for about 15 miles (spectacular new Rt. 55). This scenic drive is a far more complex route to get to Abram's Creek than Rt. 50 -- take this route only if you don't easily get lost (Update 2010: New extension opened beyond Moorefield!)