The Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia originating in 1930. The festival has continued to promote the beauty and splendor of our mountains and valleys in all their autumn glory and promoting prudent development, conservation and culture of our abundant natural resources for the future.
Randolph County and the City of Elkins open their streets to accommodate around 125,000 visitors each year around the first week of October. Activities and events take place during the whole week with a Grand Feature Parade on Saturday closing out the festival. Visitors may reach 200,000 or more whenever there is a Presidential visit to the mountain town of Elkins.
The events have increased so much over the years that now instead of having a three or four day festival; it lasts for over a week. Some events that are held are Opening, Closing Ceremony, Grand feature parade, [...]

Plan Your Next Visit in
Elkins-Randolph County, West Virginia

Situated in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Randolph County is a natural paradise that has long been a destination for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts for over 100 years. Here you will find charming communities that are rich in heritage, alive with arts and festivals, and blessed with unparalleled beauty. Ride vintage excursion trains, access miles of trout streams, rivers and rail trails or pitch a tent under the clear night sky in the Monongahela National Forest. Your perfect day is found right here in Randolph County, WV.

From exciting live music to cultural festivals and small-town fairs, Randolph County is full of energy in the summer and fall. The Augusta Heritage Festival celebrates music, dance, and craft embracing the Appalachian culture. Experience the timeline of history with camps, demonstrations, and living history from different time-periods on Beverly Heritage Days [...]

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Experience the Hardy Effect in
Hardy County, West Virginia

Located amid the broad valleys and high ridges of the eastern Appalachian Mountains, Hardy County, West Virginia is an ideal getaway for great scenic drives, hiking and biking our trails and country roads, or paddling and fishing in our rivers, runs and lakes. Not adventurous? Curl up with a book in the shade of a covered porch or spend some time shopping, then follow up your day with a delicious meal and regional craft beer. There’s still plenty to do so plan to stay the night in the comfort of a motel, hotel, local inn, mountain cabin or camp under the stars.

Delight in the charm, history and unique personalities of Hardy County’s many small towns and communities. Be sure to take a walking tour of historic buildings in Moorefield, our county seat, or enjoy one of our traditional small-town parades. Celebrate with [...]

New Tourist Rail Offerings Gain Momentum
In West Virginia Mountains

More than 800 tourist trains will depart from three locations in the hills of West Virginia during the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s 2019 season. With weekend trains already serving sold out crowds, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley and its “Mountain Rail Adventures” brand is looking forward to another year of serving visitors from all across the United States and World.

In Elkins, the New Tygart Flyer and Cheat Mountain Salamander trains will provide breathtaking views along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat as climate-controlled vintage passenger trains take visitors to some of West Virginia’s most unspoiled mountain terrain. With a mix of weekend and weekday schedules, passengers will have the opportunity to coordinate their visits in conjunction with other local area attractions. Elkins and the Randolph County area continues to diversify its tourist base with wonderful add-on activities that [...]

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Mountain Highlands
WV Mountain Highlands
an 8 County Region of Eastern WV

The West Virginia Mountain Highlands is more than mountains – it is a tapestry of diverse geographic regions encompassing an eight-county area in eastern West Virginia known as the Potomac Highlands in WV. This region is comprised of a large area that hugs the eastern edge of the state. It is home to the three highest mountains in the state — Spruce Knob, Bald Knob and Snowshoe. (Snowshoe is home to one of the best skiing and snowboarding resorts in the mid-Atlantic and southeast regions.) You’ll find clean, beautiful rivers, plus, some of the most unique geographic wonders on the East coast – Seneca Rocks, Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods, Cranberry Glades and more!

Over one million acres of National Forest lands await…with every possible opportunity to hike, camp, bike, fish, cross-country ski, downhill ski or just relax in a wooded retreat. [...]

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Grant County WV Tourism
Features Memorable Family Getaway Spots

Families looking for a memorable vacation spot or those wanting a romantic getaway can find it in Grant County West Virginia. Grant County WV tourism and attractions include family recreational opportunities like hiking in places such as the world-famous Dolly Sodds Wilderness Area, camping, trout fishing, rafting and more. There are many unique galleries and local shops with West Virginia made crafts and giftware.

Whether you seek thrilling outdoor adventure along the South Branch of the Potomac River or simply wish to relax in the tranquility of a country setting with beautiful mountain vistas, every season is a great time to visit Grant County.

The Potomac Eagle Train Excursions, out of Petersburg, are the perfect way to take in the lush colors of the mountains and valleys. Located near several ski slopes on beautiful mountains, the winter weather is the [...]

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