- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2001

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is located in a remote Appalachian mountain valley, accessible only by two-lane country roads. So getting there, getting around and knowing where to stay are key to a rewarding trip. For more information, see the National Radio Observatory Web site at www.gb.nrao.edu.

Getting there
From Washington, take Interstate 81 south to Staunton, Va. Take U.S. 250 west to West Virginia state Route 92-28 and state Route 92-28 south to Green Bank.
Green Bank is also accessible from Charleston, W.Va., but no routes are direct. The most scenic is Interstate 79 to U.S. 19, then U.S. 19 south to Muddlety. In Muddlety take state Route 55 east to state Route 150 (the Highland Scenic Highway). Take state Route 150 north to U.S. 219, then U.S. 219 north to state Route 66. Take state Route 66 east to state Route 92/28, then state Route 92/28 to Green Bank.

Getting around
Only diesel-powered tour buses and staff cars are allowed near the telescopes because other vehicles may interfere with radio-wave collection.

Several motels, campgrounds, and bed-and-breakfasts are nearby. For a complete listing, see the Pocahontas County Web site, www.pocahontascountywv.com.

Several locally operated delis and restaurants are nearby.

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