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Welcome to Tentrr Camping in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle

The Northern Panhandle of West Virginia combines the beauty of city living with the history, nature, and rivers that make West Virginia a camping destination.

Camping outside of Wheeling, West Virginia--the original capital of the state--takes you back in time to sites such as the National Road, the nation’s first roadway to the west, or the Capitol Theater, built in 1928. And the locals say that you can’t stop in Wheeling without stopping at Coleman’s Fish Market for a fish sandwich which is famous around the world (or so they say). Right on the Ohio River, you can get out in a canoe or kayak if you plan for the current.

Campers at Moundsville will find themselves embroiled in local mystery, as they tour the famed former West Virginia Penitentiary--a gothic-style prison that was the home to riots and, they say, ghost encounters. Touring after dark makes for a spooky experience that might keep you awake all night in your tent!

Wetzel County is one of West Virginia’s best-kept secrets. In the foothills of the Alleghenies and on the shore of the Ohio River, there is plenty of hiking, biking, and river sports to enjoy. Get yourself a fishing license and go out to the banks of the Ohio where you can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, sauger, striped bass, and three different varieties of catfish.

Camping in the Northern Panhandle gives you access to three rail trails, which will set you on a path through nature and history: the Brooke Pioneer, the Wellsburg Yankee, and the Panhandle rail trails stretch all the way from Weirton, WV to Carnegie, PA.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a camping trip to the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia if you didn’t stop in Chester to see the 12-foot high, 44-foot wide, World’s Largest Teapot. (And, the Homer Laughlin China Company is right there for finer dinnerware than the tourist attraction might imply.)

If you’re in West Virginia, you need to make sure to camp in the Northern Panhandle and get a taste of what this unique country has to offer.

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