In Charleston, we have a unique combination of fantastic hiking and delicious cuisine that just begs us to burn some extra calories so we can enjoy that extra slice of pizza! West Virginia is known worldwide for gorgeous mountain and forests, and Charleston dining has been mentioned in Southern Living and the Washington Post for its excellence. So why not make a plan to pair some trails with some fine dining rewards? Get started with a few of our favorites:
Beauty on the Trails
If you are looking for several trails from which to choose, start with Kanawha State Forest, just 7 miles from your Charleston apartment. The park has numerous trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, camping and more. Trails in the park include:
- Beech Glen Trail
- Davis Creek Trail
- Overlook Trail
- Polly Hollow Trail
- Rocky Ridge Trail
- Teaberry Rock Trail
- White Hollow Trail
- Wildcat Ridge Trail
There are plenty of hiking venues nearer to your Charleston apartment in town as well. The Sunrise Carriage Trail descends 180 feet from the Sunrise Mansion, adjacent to the south end of the Southside Bridge. This peaceful trail includes wildflowers, ornamental plantings and a historic masonry that remains in the park. The trail once carried the oxen-drawn wagons that supplied the massive stones used to build the Mansion. The 0.65 mile trail is a beautiful haven conveniently located near town.
Also in South Charleston is Little Creek Park, featuring natural scenery like the “Devil’s Tea Table” rock formation, a saw mill, and a natural spring. Little Creek and Coonskin Park are also conveniently located near your Charleston, and each offers playgrounds, sport fields, and a wide variety of options for an active day outside.
A Well-Earned Reward: Post-Hike Cuisine
A meal just tastes better after you’ve been out hiking! Reward your journey with a great dinner in Charleston. Here are a few places sure to be worth the hike:
Laury’s offers excellent fine dining in an ornate dining room paired with stellar service. The restaurant is located inside Charleston’s historic C&O Railroad Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can feast on steak, seafood, pasta and more as you enjoy the riverside scenery. Reservations are recommended as the spot is deservedly popular.
The Chop House
The Chop House offers fine dining at its best with all the amenities. Near the banks of the Kanawha River, the steakhouse specializes in prime cuts of beef and seafood. The romantic dining room is decorated with ornate gas lamps and marble accents. Reservations are a good idea if you want to dine at this Open Table Diners’ Choice award winning establishment.
Noah’s Restaurant and Lounge
If you are looking for something more modern, Noah’s is an eclectic and delicious spin on the American bistro. The hot spot’s menu changes frequently and focuses on farm to table specialties. Dishes consistently feature seafood, often paired with more regionally traditional flavors like pork belly and fried green tomatoes accented by Dijon and tomato jam. Innovations create deliciously memorable offerings like duck leg and pork shoulder with white beans and kale, or Alaskan halibut with pomme puree, fingerling potato chip salad, and lemon beurre blanc.
Dem 2 Brothers & A Grill
Hiking can generate quite the appetite, making you crave something hearty and satisfying, like ribs or a burger paired with a cold beer. If you’re ready to get into a nice pile of the most delicious ribs around, head on down to Dem 2 for the ribs Adrian Wright called “on point every day”. The location includes a bar and produces the best down home cooking you can find in the area.
So get out there and work up an appetite – right near your Charleston apartment are endless options for “foodies on foot”!