Summer’s Not Done Yet: The Best Outdoor Day Trips Near Princeton

Day Trips Near PrincetonSummer is sadly coming to a close, but the weather here in West Virginia is still perfect for a few more relaxing outdoor day trips. Whether you’re in the mood for biking, hiking, fishing, or a little bit of everything, our hometown has access to plenty of lovely natural locations that make for ideal day-long getaways.

Here are a few of our favorites day trips near Princeton.

Pinnacle Rock State Park

Pinnacle Rock is a strangely beautiful and oddly enormous sandstone structure towering at 3,100 feet above sea level. Around the rock, there are miles of easy hiking trails and picnic points, promising a delightful day for “outdoor adventurers” of any level.

Brush Creek Falls

Park your Mitsubishi in the Brush Creek Nature Preserve lot and walk just over a quarter of a mile to the Falls, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into the true wilderness. The Falls are beautiful, and usually not over-crowded this time of year; it’s the perfect place to get your family on their feet.

Glenwood Park

If you’re a Mercer County native, there’s a good chance you’ve been to Glenwood Park before. Glenwood Park is full of hiking trails and is home to a bountiful lake for fishing. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing couple of hours spent in the sunshine, Glenwood Park is the place to go.

If you think you might need a new ride so you can take outdoor day trips like this all year long, stop by Pantilli Mitsubishi today and check out our selection of reliable Mitsubishi vehicles, from sporty crossovers like the Mitsubishi Outlander to gas-sipping compacts like the Mitsubishi Mirage G4.

All-Terrain Vehicle Trails in Mercer County

Mercer County is a scenic area nested comfortably in the heart of Appalachia, with stunning views, historic sites, and plenty of parks for those who like to be alone with nature. One unique aspect of Mercer County, however, is that it’s home to one of the longest all-terrain vehicle trails in the nation. If you’re the type of person to spend the day on an ATV and finish off the evening with a few local brews, Mercer County welcomes you with open arms.

With more than 700 miles of trails for you to enjoy, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail systems begin in historic Bramwell at the Pocahontas trailhead and wind around the entirety of the southern mountains. With spacious parking, a rest stop, and convenient access to ATV permits and merchandise at the nearby City Hall, Bramwell is an excellent stop for any ATV adventurers looking to have a good time in Mercer County.

Mercer County has more than just all-terrain vehicle trails, with three state parks with must-see sights such as Pinnacle Rock or Bluestone Gorge’s aerial tramway, as well as a local, classic drive-in theater and the Ridge Runner mini-train. However, why not get your adrenaline pumping, ATV-style, on the nation’s longest off-road trail system?

All-Terrain Vehicle trails

Picnic Basket Essentials

The weather’s warming up, and summer holidays are coming around. That means it’s time to get outside here in Princeton, West Virginia! Picnics are an ideal outdoor activity, but you’ll want to know how to make the perfect picnic basket before heading out. Here are a few picnic basket essentials to consider

  1. A blanket

This is obvious, but you’ll want the perfect blanket. Big enough for food and people! It’s good to bring an extra, too.

  1. A corkscrew

The worst situation is a wine bottle you can’t open. Make sure you have a hefty corkscrew.

  1. Ice pack

You don’t want food to get warm and spoil in the hot weather. Be sure you sandwich some ice packs in between those sandwiches!

  1. Plastic/acrylic wine glasses

These have two benefits: they can be reused and they’re picnic-ready. They also have a cool indentation for your thumb to make it easier to hold!

  1. Moist towelettes

These are perfect for messy food; you’ll have a napkin and washcloth all-in-one.

  1. Salt n’ peppa

Okay, not the hit 90’s R&B group, unless you have an old CD hanging around… but salt and pepper are key elements for your meal! Don’t go without them.

  1. Trash bags

Of course, you need trash bags for you cleanup. Picnic on!

Picnic Basket Essentials

5 Haunted Places in West Virginia

West Virginia, the state that Pantili Mitsubishi calls home, has some of the richest history of any state in the nation. Along with all that history come haunting tales of mysterious ghosts and ghouls! There are several locations in West Virginia that are home to unexplained paranormal phenomena. Here are five of those haunted places in West Virginia.

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant, a small town on the banks of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, is supposedly home to one of the most mysterious monsters of all time: the Mothman. This flying creature is said to stand over seven feet tall and possess glowing red eyes! The creature was spotted throughout the area in the late 1960s, but mysteriously vanished after the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967.

Harper’s Ferry

Harper’s Ferry was the location of John Brown’s raid to start a slave rebellion in 1859. Due to its long and bloody history, Harper’s Ferry is said to be haunted by several apparitions of ghostly soldiers who were slain during battles that took place here.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Opened in 1864, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was built to house mentally ill individuals in West Virginia. However, it soon became severely overcrowded and conditions worsened rapidly. It closed in 1994, but many claim some of its patients have remained behind.

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Located in Moundsville, West Virginia, the West Virginia State Penitentiary was home to some of the most violent criminals in the whole country. During its bloody history, several riots took place! It is said that the souls of those criminals who were executed roam the halls.

Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to West Virginia University. However, it is also home to several haunting figures, according to legend.  Ghosts supposedly share the town with the student body, roaming the street at night.

Haunted places in West Virginia