John Denver’s “Country Roads” is West Virginia’s tourism anthem; These photos show you why

Written by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff, the 1971 song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was inspired by the long winding country roads of West Virginia. It’s one of singer-songwriter John Denver’s most iconic songs, and it will be the US state tourist anthem from now on. The state tourism department has acquired the rights to the song and will use it in marketing materials starting this week. So we decided to show you the mountains of West Virginia that inspired this classic. READ ALSO: Photos of Detroit that show why it’s one of the best cities to visit in 2018Read also – WHAT? This US state is donating guns and shotguns to encourage people to take the Covid-19 vaccine!

Fog in Blackwater Canyon at sunset, seen from Lindy Point, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

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Harpers Ferry Bridge, an important historic setting in West Virginia

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Harpers Ferry with snow on the ground and in the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, shot from Maryland Heights Overlook

Harpers Ferry, WV with snow on the ground and in the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, shot from the Maryland Heights Overlook

Hiker on Big Schloss in the George Washington National Forest

Hiker on Big Schloss in the George Washington National Forest, Virginia

Morning light on fall foliage at Bear Rocks Preserve in the Dolly Sods of West Virginia

Morning light on fall foliage at Bear Rocks Preserve in the Dolly Sods of West Virginia

Panorama of New River at the main lookout at Grand View in the New River Gorge National Park

Panorama of New River at the main lookout at Grand View in New River Gorge State Park in West Virginia

Seneca Rocks, a popular destination for rock climbers

Seneca Rocks

Sunrise at Bear Rocks Dolly Sod Preserve

Sunrise at Bear Rocks Dolly Sod Preserve, WV

The New River Gorge Bridge, seen from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center Overlook

The New River Gorge Bridge, seen from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center Overlook, West Virginia

View of the Shenandoah Valley and the Appalachians from the Mill Mountain Trail on Great North Mountain in the George Washington National Forest

View of the Shenandoah Valley and the Appalachians from the Mill Mountain Trail on Great North Mountain in the George Washington National Forest, Virginia

View of the Trout Run Valley from the Tibbet Knob in the George Washington National Forest

View of the Trout Run Valley from Tibbet Knob in the George Washington National Forest, West Virginia

View of Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights

View of Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights

West Virginia Mountains Sunset

West Virginia, Beauty Mountain, scenic sunset

Winter sunset in the mountains of the state

Winter Sunset in the West Virginia Mountains

Fall in West Virginia along Mountain Stream

Fall in West Virginia along Mountain Stream

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” has been quite popular in the state since its release in 1971. It calls the mountainous state “almost paradise,” and listening to this song, you can almost imagine driving through the Blue Mountains. Ridge, along the winding roads. The song has always been an unofficial state anthem and became official three years ago. NOW READ: This Kashmir ski trip video will make you want to hit the snow NOW!

John Denver’s signature song has been played at college football games and sporting events since 1971. And it will be featured in an ad campaign in 2018, according to the West Virginia Tourism Board.

Toya J. Bell