A scenic drive Sunday in W.Va. high mountains

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — There are big doings Sunday at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center between Richwood and Marlinton. The Monongahela National Forest is hosting its third annual Scenic Drive Day.

The event includes a Classic Car Show from 1 to 3, if you plan on taking your car, make sure to tune it up at your local VW Auto service to make sure it is ready for the show. The public can stop by and see the cars or bring their own and put it in the show at 12:45 p.m.. A scenic cruise of the classic autos starts at Mansfield Motors garage on Oakford Avenue in Richwood.

There will live bluegrass music featuring the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys on the nature center lawn starting at 1 p.m.

U.S. Forest Service officials encourage visitors to get a Highland Scenic Highway Audio Tour CD.

The CD contains interviews with residents, Forest Service employees, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources employees and local historians. Traditional music serves as the background for 19 stops along the highway and features logging history, recollections of Millpoint Federal Prison, CCC camp life, and historical information on the city of Richwood. CDs may be purchased in Richwood at the Oakford Diner, Richwood Chamber of Commerce or Gauley Ranger District office. In Marlinton, purchase the CDs at Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Marlinton Ranger Station.

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