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Terra-Alta is a small town located in Preston County in northeast West Virginia. As of the 2000 census, it had a population of 1,456 residents. The towns name literally means High Earth in Latin, and it sits at an elevation of 2,559 feet above sea level. Terra Alta is most well known for being home to Sunshine Daydream, a music park. The 45.5-acre campus serves as a home for the live-in operators as well as a stage and campground for music fans. The park mainly focuses their attention towards the classic rock bands of the 60s and 70s along with many new acts who perform much of the same genre of music. Many people refer to Sunshine Daydream as a place for "hippies." Terra Alta, also known as the "half-mile high community," was once famous as a health resort and for its extensive cranberry glades found nearby. North of town is Cranesville Swamp, a wilderness preserve noted for its marshy Canadian ecosystem. The Legislature of 1911 created a tuberculosis sanitarium located near Terra Alta. Now a private health facility, the health sanitarium located on a hill northeast of the town is ideal for patients in need of clean mountain air. Other nearby attractions include Alpine Lake Resort, which offers 15 miles of cross-country ski trails, tubing, sledding, a restaurant, club and 300 private homes.

Surrounding areas: Kingwood, West Virginia (7.7 mi), Aurora, West Virginia (8.3 mi), Hazelton, West Virginia (14.5 mi), Canaan Valley, West Virginia (22.6 mi), Morgantown, West Virginia (25.4 mi), Grafton, West Virginia (26.4 mi), Fairmont, West Virginia (32.0 mi)

Terra Alta Vacation Rentals

Terra Alta Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Heldreth MotelRt 26 S Pob 564Kingwood, WV7.7 mi.(304) 329-1145
Alpine VillageRt 6Oakland, MD7.8 mi.(301) 387-5534
Oak Land Motel435 N Third StOakland, MD7.8 mi.(301) 334-2171
Town Motel243 N 3RD StOakland, MD7.8 mi.(301) 334-3955
Comfort Inn-deep Creek2704 Deep CRK DrMC Henry, MD12.6 mi.(301) 387-4200
Innlet Moter Lodge2001 Deep CRK DrMchenry, MD12.9 mi.(301) 387-5596
Innlet Motor LodgeDeep CRK DrMchenry, MD12.9 mi.(301) 387-5596
Royal Oaks InnHCR 2 Deep CRK DrMchenry, MD12.9 mi.(301) 387-4200
Wisp Resort HotelMarsh HL RdMchenry, MD12.9 mi.(301) 387-5581
Panorama Motel & Efficiency921 Mosser RdMchenry, MD13.7 mi.(301) 387-5230
Yough Valley Motel & Restaurant138 Walnut StFriendsville, MD16.9 mi.(301) 746-5836
Keysers Ridge Auto Truck Stop IncUS Rt 40 & US Rt 29Accident, MD17.5 mi.(301) 746-8710
Beaver Ridge Condo's-ash & Beach LodgeRt 1Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4572
Best Western Alpine LodgeRt 32 Williams AveDavis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 259-5245
Blackwater Falls State ParkBlackwater Falls RdDavis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 259-5216
Bright Morning InnWilliamson AveDavis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 259-5119
Canaan Valley ResortHC70 Box 330Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4121
Canaan Valley State Park - LodgeBox 330Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4121
Canaan VillageHC 70 Box 190Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4166
Land Of Canaan Vacation ResortHC 70Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4788
Mountain Aire LodgeDavis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 259-5211
Timberline Four Seasons ResortHC 70 Box 488Davis, WV22.2 mi.(304) 866-4801
Holiday Motel1712 Mileground RdMorgantown, WV24.7 mi.(304) 292-3303
Tucker Country InnParsons, WV25.1 mi.(304) 478-2100
Clarion Hotel Morgan127 High StMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 292-8200
Comfort Inn Morgantown225 Comfort RdMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 296-9364
Holiday Inn Express - Morgantow605 Venture Dr-glenmark PLZMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 291-2600
Lakeview Golf Resort & SpaOne Lakeview DrMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 594-1111
Morgantown Econo Lodge15 Commerce DrMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 296-8774
Morgantown MotelMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 292-3374
Morgantown Usr Center300TH Chemical CompanyMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 292-1608
Springhill Suites By Marriott Morgantown1910 Hunters WayMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 225-5200
Waterfront Place HotelTwo Waterfront PlMorgantown, WV25.4 mi.(304) 296-1700
Residence Inn Morgantown1046 Willowdale RdMorgantown, WV26.2 mi.(304) 599-0237
Tygart Lake State Park LodgeRt 1 Box 260Grafton, WV26.4 mi.(304) 265-6144
Euro-Suites Hotel501 Chestnut Ridge RdMorgantown, WV26.7 mi.(304) 598-1000
Hampton Inn1053 Van Voorhis RdMorgantown, WV26.7 mi.(304) 599-1200
Casselman InnMiller & Dotsey Hotel RdGrantsville, MD27.2 mi.(301) 895-5055
Holiday Inn GrantsvilleRt 2 Box 35 HGrantsville, MD27.2 mi.(301) 895-5993
Quality Inn & Suites1400 Saratoga AveMorgantown, WV27.7 mi.(304) 599-1680

Terra Alta Weather & Climate

Northeastern West Virginia has a four-season, mountainous climate. Due to its high elevation, this region has a somewhat cooler, moister climate than surrounding areas at lower altitudes. Summers are mild and humid with high temperatures ranging from the 60s to low 70s F. Summer low temperatures average 50-55 F, although temperatures below freezing have been recorded in every month of the year. Winters are typically cold and snowy. The elevation allows it to receive significant upslope snow, particularly during prolonged periods of northwesterly winds coming off the Great Lakes. Located along the spine of the central Appalachian Mountains, this region is often near the southwestern extreme of Nor'easters, getting significant snowfall from strong, Atlantic moisture-laden, easterly winds. Annual snowfall averages 160 inches. Nearly all snow falls from October through April.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 34°F 18°F 4.64 in. -
February 37°F 20°F 4.11 in. -
March 47°F 27°F 4.90 in. -
April 58°F 36°F 4.80 in. -
May 66°F 46°F 4.92 in. -
June 73°F 54°F 5.22 in. -
July 77°F 59°F 5.97 in. -
August 75°F 58°F 4.67 in. -
September 70°F 52°F 3.96 in. -
October 60°F 41°F 3.49 in. -
November 48°F 32°F 4.45 in. -
December 38°F 23°F 4.69 in. -

Terra Alta Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Harrison Marion Regional airport (CKB) located about 37 miles west of Terra Alta in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the Arnold Palmer Regional airport (LBE) located approximately 57 miles north of Terra Alta in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County airport (AGC) located roughly 66 miles northwest of Terra Alta in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finally the John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County airport (JST) located around 71 miles northeast of Terra Alta in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Terra Alta Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Idlewild ParkLigonierPA57.5 mi.
Kennywood ParkWest MifflinPA65.8 mi.
Water Parks
Sandcastle Water ParkPittsburghPA72.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Preston Country ClubKingwoodWV7.5 mi.
Salem Country ClubSalemWV17.7 mi.
Mountaineer Golf & Country ClubMorgantownWV24.8 mi.
Paradise Lake Golf CourseMorgantownWV24.8 mi.
Holly Meadows Golf CourseParsonsWV25.5 mi.
Tygart Lake Public Golf CourseGraftonWV25.9 mi.
Deer Run Golf CourseWinfieldWV28.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD12.9 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA59.7 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA77.7 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA82.7 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA91.2 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA101.0 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA113.2 mi.
State Parks
Herrington Manor State ParkMD5.0 mi. 
Swallow Falls State ParkMD7.3 mi. 
Cathedral State ParkWV8.6 mi. 
Mont Chateau State ParkWV21.2 mi. 
Big Run State ParkMD23.1 mi. 
Blackwater Falls State ParkWV23.3 mi. 
Fort Necessity State ParkPA25.4 mi. 
Braddock Grave State ParkPA26.8 mi. 
Tygart Lake State ParkWV27.2 mi. 
Casselman Bridge State ParkMD27.4 mi. 
Ohiopyle State ParkPA28.0 mi. 
Valley Falls State ParkWV28.9 mi. 
Pricketts Fort State ParkWV29.5 mi. 
Canaan Valley State ParkWV29.7 mi. 
Dans Mountain State ParkMD32.5 mi. 
Laural Ridge State ParkPA37.1 mi. 
Audra State ParkWV39.3 mi. 
Compass Inn MuseumLaughlintownPA56.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Pittsburgh ZooPittsburghPA72.9 mi.
National Aviary in PittsburghPittsburghPA72.9 mi.
Oglebay's Good ZooWheelingWV75.8 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA80.9 mi.
The WildsCumberlandOH115.9 mi.

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