WV-060 Smoke Hole

Marker text: SMOKE HOLE

Smoke Hole, a rugged canyon formed by the South Branch of the Potomac River, extends eighteen miles south to U.S. 220. Early explorers reported that heavy mists rising from the canyon looked like smoke coming from a deep hole. The canyon contains many caves and spectacular rock formations. Among the many caves, is Smoke Hole Cave. Its name originates from the presence of smoke stains on the roof which may have been caused by Indian campfires.

West Virginia Department of Culture and History, 1989

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