Normally, we do some research about the place we plan to visit before going but whenever it is a a road trip, we let new discoveries surprise us. Discovering new things from places new to us is always a treat when we travel. The Nature Museum came as a surprise when we visited Hawks Nest Park. As we arrived from our aerial tram ride to go see the New River Gorge. We were surprised to see the Nature Museum by the lake.
The scenery was breathtaking from the top but it was even better when you go down and see the lake. The natural beauty is a real treat for outdoor lovers like us.
The museum was surrounded by butterfly bushes and there were butterflies flying around. I have always loved watching butterfly flutter around and enjoy the nectar of the flowers they see.
When you go down at the bottom, you won't get bored while waiting for the boat to arrive and take you for a tour. There are so many beautiful things to see.
We went inside the museum. It was a little room full of displays of different things. While you look around, an audio is being played describing every item that is inside the museum which is really neat. There are so many fascinating history to learn when you visit a museum. Even this little museum taught us a lot of stuff.
Fact about West Virginia State Parks:
Many of the West Virginia State Parks were designated state parks because of the history surrounding the area. These historic parks often have an onsite museum with exhibits about local history, mine wars, Appalachian culture, or Civil War artifacts.
I think if I live near the area, I would frequent this place. It would be a relaxing place to cool down, relax and have some time alone to think and reflect. Not to mention, it is a beautiful place to burn some calories. I bet it is beautiful out there now that it is Fall. The vegetation must be turning yellow and red already. I'd love to go back there during the Fall sometime in the future.