Interstate 77 exits
Exit 45 – Beckley, WV – Home of TAMARACK “The Best of West Virginia”. Smell the aroma of freshly baked cherry cobbler. Hear the sound of traditional stringed music and voices raised in song. Feel the touch of soft spun wool and smoothly carved wood. Or see the sight of brilliant stained glass and intricate metal sculpture. Tamarack’s striking, peaked red roof and attractively landscaped grounds draw half a million visitors annually off I-77 and I-64 into a welcome respite of visual beauty, Appalachian sounds, and distinctive aromas. Six resident artisans work daily in observation studios to demonstrate textiles, glass, metal, wood, pottery, and jewelry. Throughout the year artisan demonstrations and food tastings engage visitors in new experiences. The fine arts gallery offers a glimpse of the current art scene. Live musical, theater, dance and storytelling performances are scheduled in the intimate 178-seat theater. Tamarack's world-renowned partner, The Greenbrier, provides signature dining which attracts guests for second helpings of delectable cuisine.
Exit 44 – The Harper Road, Beckley, WV – Harper Road is the hub of many spokes in Beckley. From this exit you can access most of Beckley’s major hotels and attractions. Beckley was named in honor of John J. Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. It was founded by his son Alfred Beckley (US Army general and confederate militia commander). Visit the home of Gereral Alfred Beckley, the “Wildwood” House Museum, built 1835-36 and the Raleigh County Veterans Museum. Beckley has also been referred to as Beckleyville and its nickname was the "Smokeless Coal Capital". See for yourself the “Smokless Coal” seams of the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine a National Historic Site where visitors can experience a unique underground train tour conducted by veteran coal miners and tour a historical coal camp. Adjacent to the Coal Mine is the New River Park and campground complete with outdoor pool, waterslide and tennis courts. Outdoor enthusiast will enjoy Lake Stephens located in Surveyor, WV. Lake Stephens offers fishing, water sports, swimming, RV & tent camping, hiking & bike trails, and also one of the areas best skateboard parks. Shoppers will find the Beckley Antique Mall and The Little Brick House Gift Shop with its own miniature golf course “Mountain State Miniature Golf”.
Exit 42 - Will be your entrance to the Coal Heritage Trail. Designated in 1996 by legislation, the National Coal Heritage Area consists of 11 southern West Virginia counties and recognizes the importance of coal mining to the state and to the nation. From 1870 until 1945 and continuing today, huge amounts of coal, unsurpassed in quality, were exported from the region leaving behind a society and landscape rich in culture and history. Today, the region’s communities retain much of their original character as “company towns,” reflecting the local traditions, immigrant laborers, and dominance of the coal industry. A nice stop along the way will be Daniel’s Vineyard a locally owned golf course turned winery. Daniels Vineyards offers a complete line of West Virginia made wines and has won prestigious medals in international, national, regional and state wine competitions.