List of All Counties in West Virginia
- Potomac Highlands
- Eastern Panhandle
- Greenbrier Valley
- Mountain Lakes
- Mountaineer Country
- Metro Valley
- Mid-Ohio Valley
- Northern Panhandle
The first breathtaking glimpse of the Potomac Highlands invites visitors to nestle with nature in their own special ways. Skiers gather at the Highlands' downhill and cross country ski areas. Mountain bikers come to take advantage of the steep inclines at the Monongahela National Forest, George Washington National Forest and Lost River State Park. Whitewater fiends find a worthy challenge in the gnarly little streams that become torrents with spring rains. Rock climbers and spelunkers come to push their personal limits above and below ground. And families come to share spectacular views and cozy cabins in the woods. This outdoor recreation mecca and scenic wonderland is waiting to be discovered by you.
Feel the tension slip away as you cross the miles to picturesque towns nestled in rolling hills, only a stone's throw away from the big city lights and bustle. There's captivating history with Colonial and Civil War roots; terrific shopping for antiques, crafts, contemporary housewares and clothing; your choice of lodging at resorts, spas, bed and breakfast inns and motels; relaxation and adventure on the rivers, roads, raceways and golf courses; plus theater, cinema and fine dining. Steeped in over 200 years of history, this region of West Virginia will enchant one and all.
From peaceful farmlands and historic towns to raging whitewater rivers, the New River/Greenbrier Valley is a region of diversity. Resorts, outdoor dramas, parks, natural wonders and amazing engineering feats entice visitors to this busy area. Here scenic beauty and wild rivers provide food for the soul as well as a feast for the eye. There are incredible state parks, adventures awaiting on the mild or wild whitewater of the region and hiking and biking on rail trails or on the backroads and forests of your choice. Explore the mountains and the valleys, the stunning scenery and still untamed terrain, the old railroad towns and the new centers of culture and commerce. Pick your own adventure at a spectacular state park or succumb to the pampering of a world-renowned spa.
Greeting visitors to West Virginia's heartland are seemingly endless panoramas of sparkling water, fresh air and lush, green mountains. Yes, you'll come for the lakes, fresh air and mountains, but you'll also enjoy the history here. Civil War history, that is, at Stonewall Jackson's boyhood home, Bulltown and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. You'll find no flashy monuments or massive shopping malls in the Mountain Lakes Region, and hardly any neon. Easily accessible, the region's rolling hills, peaceful countryside and deep, clear waters offer adventure for lovers of all kinds of outdoor activities.
Start with the descendants of European immigrants who came in the 19th and 20th centuries to mine coal, lay railroads, cut timber and build factories. Add the flock of mountain bikers, hikers, rafters, kayakers, rock climbers and nature lovers who come for the mountains, rivers, lakes and trails. The rolling hills of Mountaineer Country help to preserve the area's rich mountain customs and old world style. Parks and forests offer scenic overlooks and virgin forests virtually untouched by mankind. Home to research, development and academic tradition, the region is rich in captivating cultural events, fairs, festivals and living history programs.
Steeped in a rich river and railroad heritage, the sister cities of Charleston and Huntington have burgeoned into metropolitan cultural centers highlighting the arts, sophisticated nightlife, historic charm and fine shopping and dining. It's the excitement of the city, but just minutes away, history, nature, sports, recreation and culture of coal await. Major festivals, cultural opportunities, spectator sports, fine glassmaking and peaceful countrysides contribute to the popularity of the Metro Valley.
Mid-Ohio Valley This region features an intriguing blend between the western frontier of 1800 and the Victorian legacies of the nation's oil and gas boom. Here country roads wind through the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and past charming villages nestled along the mighty Ohio River. This area that George Washington once called Augusta is also rich in fine handicrafts, galleries, festivals, parks and historic sites, all tempting to the traveler. Add the natural opportunities to fish the rivers and streams, hike and bike the miles of trails and back roads, hunt the thousands of acres of wildlife areas and enjoy the serenity of the unspoiled mountains, and you've found a spot filled with natural and man-made pleasures.
Hugging the Ohio River, this area of the Northern Panhandle remembers its history: The ancient Adena people who built a conical mound more than 2,000 years ago; the pioneer families and adventurers making their way west along the National Road; the boom that spawned extravagant Victorian homes in Wheeling and Sistersville. Today, that history melds with the new Northern Panhandle, as exciting as those days long past, but now filled with the pleasures of today; great country music, wonderful family resorts and parks, outdoor adventure on the rivers, arts and culture, gracious dining and accommodations.