GETTING THERE: The Elk River Touring Center is on U.S. Route 219 in Slatyfork, W.Va., about 260 miles from Washington. Take I-66 west to I-81 south. At Harrisonburg, take Route 33 west to W.Va. Route 28 south, to Route 66 west and finally Route 219 south to Slatyfork.

LODGING: Doubles at the Elk River Touring Center's main lodge start at $70 a night, which includes a full breakfast. Rooms are simple but adequate, and each has a private bath. The five-room farmhouse and five cabins have a rustic, mountain feel and decor but with modern kitchen and bathroom amenities. Cabins sleep up to eight people and start at $100 per night. Info: 866-572-3771, Other lodging options in Slatyfork include the Morning Glory Inn (304-572-5000,; doubles from $80) and Pleasant Valley Farms B&B (866-350-2319,; doubles from $68).

DINING: Meals at the Elk River are superb, especially considering the location; expect to spend at least $90 for dinner for two with a bottle of wine. Our favorite appetizers were the rainbow trout spread over greens with toast points and the fresh herb risotto. Entrees include baked rainbow trout, skillet-seared salmon with chipotle-ginger sauce, pistachio-Dijon roasted rack of lamb and a bourbon char-grilled filet mignon. The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday-Sunday. On other nights, try Elihu's in Big Springs or the River Place in Marlinton.

FISHING: Gil Willis at the Elk River Touring Center can arrange fly-fishing trips and instruction through numerous guides, including Dave Breitmeier, starting at $160 per day. To contact Breitmeier directly, call 304-339-8232. Willis also guides bass-fishing float trips on the Greenbrier River, starting at $225 per day.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: Instruction and guides start at $75 per half-day. Mountain bike rentals are $35 per day, with multi-day and package rates available. Non-mountain bikes -- i.e., hybrids -- rent for $25 per day. The center also offers free trail advice and sells maps.

INFO: Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, 800-336-7009,