Rocket Scientists Commemorated at the Library of Congress ©Author Adventures

No literary tour of West Virginia would be complete without a visit to and a tour of Hickam’s hometown. Take a look at the tour on the Coalwood website at: The road to Coalwood can be challenging so drivers need to take it slowly.

Homer Hickam writes many books and one of them, Rocket Boys, was used as a basis for a popular movie called October Sky. Like many feature films, its story is different from the one in the book, but both are popular choices.  Rocket Boys has all the same letters as October Sky. Read more about the author at


Coalwood is the final stop on our West Virginia Trail!

Patricia Smart