Our welcome to Frost, WV, was by no means frosty. It’s not an easy drive to get there, especially if you’re like me and tend to get car sick on winding mountain roads. And if you are looking for any stores, gas stations or rest stops in Frost you won’t find them. We were looking, however, for Mort and Kelly’s house and found a very warm greeting when we got there.
The driveway to the house is immediately after the “Frost Unincorporated” sign. The edge of the property is apparently the eastern boundary of Frost. The western boundary of Frost is probably less than a mile further down the road. The only buildings in between are the volunteer fire department, a Methodist church and a couple of other houses. It’s really small town living in Frost.
Not only were we warmly welcomed by family in Frost, but the weather was also warm and sunny the days that we were there. The northern terminus of the Greenbriar River Trail is very close to Frost, as is Seneca State Forest. We enjoyed biking a few miles on the trail and driving through some back mountain roads in the state forest.
Also very close to Frost, in fact, so close that we walked to it one morning, is the interesting facility called Mountain Quest. It is an inn and conference center, which didn’t happen to have any guests the day that we were there. The innkeeper allowed us look around the inn, library (very extensive) and guest rooms.
The closest town of any size to Frost is the county seat, Marlinton. We took the opportunity one morning to drive into Marlinton and enjoyed a delicious sandwich at the Dirtbean, a combination cafe, bike shop and wellness facility. In spite of being the county seat, Marlinton is also a small town, less than 2,000 population.
After biding farewell this morning to our hosts in Frost we wound our way through the West Virginia mountains again, this time heading towards the Tennessee border. Before stopping for the night we made it as far as Knoxville, TN, where we are relaxing in a motel. Tomorrow brings new adventures in eastern Tennessee.