These are some of the scenic places for the intrepid explorer to locate and visit. Webster County is blessed with rugged terrain and mountain vistas. Camping, fishing and hiking areas abound.
Hanging Rocks - Along the Mountain Parkway Backway, on the Replete Road, is the interesting rock formation referred to locally as the "Hanging Rocks." The sandstone cliff extends out over and along the road for 100 feet or more. Years ago pedestrians and horseback riders sheltered under the rocks in inclement weather. The uniqueness and beauty of the rock has been the site of an occasional wedding.
Holly River - Webster County Route 8 and the Mollohan Mill Road (a spur of the Backway) parallel the Left Fork of Holly River for approximately eight miles. The river is a favorite place for trout fishing and swimming in the summer. The river provides the traveler with many panoramic views including several waterfalls and cascades as it winds its way through hills toward the Elk in Braxton County.
The following four scenic places are located in one area just off Webster County Rt 3. They are a wonderful place to visit. They provide scenic views, hiking, fishing, wading and swimming.
Potato Knob - Located just off Webster County Route 3 (the Hacker Valley/Pickens Road), Potato Knob has been a popular attraction for tourists for many years. It is situated within the borders of Holly River State Park. The Potato Knob Trail winds its way up the steep incline to the summit of the cliff. Negotiating the trail is a challenge; consequently, only those who are physically fit should attempt the trail. Hiking this steep and remote trail alone is not recommended.
Upper Falls - This is a "must see" for people visiting the Mountain Parkway and Holly River State Park. The upgraded road, parking lot, observation deck and stairs to the base of Upper Falls add to the accessibility of this natural treasure. It is four miles from Rt. 20 on County Rt. 3 (Hacker Valley/Pickens Road) to the falls driveway.
Shupe's Chute - This odd cascade is located downriver from Upper Falls. It has a long narrow channel which funnels a narrow stream at high speed. There is a large rock beside it which makes a good place for sunbathing, fishing or leaping into the pool below it.
Lower Falls - This falls lies below Shupe's Chute on the river. It is difficult to get to via Potato Knob trail especially if the water level is high. An alternate way to get there is to cross the river at the Chute and follow an old forest service trail downriver. The rock shelf goes completely across the river and one can even go back of the falls.