Some tourist attractions in West Virginia are the New River Gorge National River, Blackwater Falls State Park, the West Virginia Penitentiary and the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center. Other tourist attractions are the World's Largest Teapot, the Bloomery Plantation Distillery and the Mystery Hole.
The New River Gorge National River near Fayetteville offers recreational opportunities including hiking, zip lining, tubing, rafting and canoeing. The river also provides hunting, fishing and birdwatching. The park surrounding the river is 70,000 acres large.
The West Virginia Penitentiary offers tours to visitors from April through November. Located in Moundsville, the penitentiary draws paranormal investigators searching for ghosts on the building's reportedly haunted grounds.
The World's Largest Teapot is located in Chester along U.S. Highway 30. Initially built as a root beer keg, the teapot was transformed into a teapot related to the area pottery industry. Admission to the site is free.
The Mystery Hole was first used to draw tourists in the early 1970s. Visitors are not allowed to take video or photos of the hole with "intriguing powers" which include a ball rolling uphill and a person sitting on a precariously balanced chair. As of 2015, admission costs $6 paid in the gift shop.