Wetzel County WV Attractions is a
Do It Yourself or Do It Together Adventure
Exploring Wetzel County WV is a do it yourself or do it together adventure. Nestled among the foothills of the Alleghenies between the mountains and the river, scenic Wetzel County is one of West Virginia’s best-kept secrets with its many attractions with the first frontier Trail along the river and country roads, rippling creeks, forest and farmlands to explore. Wetzel County WV tourism offers you a gateway to the world of nature and hometown charm.
Wetzel County retains its frontier flavor and modern city life is a world away from this landscape of country roads, rippling creeks and small towns. New Martinsville’s imposing cut stone County Courthouse is in the downtown historic district. The tree-lined riverfront adjacent to the 1840 riverboat landing is reminiscent of past times. Victorian era architecture is plentiful in old new Martinsville. Just north on Route 89 is Proctor, a rural community with local artisan shops and a working honeybee farm.
Just south of new Martinsville is Paden City, home to Marble King, the largest marble producer in the United States. At the end of Main Street, there is a lovely riverside Park with a boat ramp, camping and a walking trail.
A leisurely drive along Route 20 takes you to the communities of Pine Grove, Jacksonburg, Reader and Smithfield and the nearby nature reserves. Along the way, you’ll find streams stocked with bath and trout, local eateries, and some of the county’s best wildlife and hiking areas. Jacksonburg’s Lantz Farm dates to 1826. The original farmhouse still stands on the property. Today the farm is a nature preserve, with marked hiking trails, grassy fields, and a fishing pond.
Scenic Route 7 parallels Fishing Creek through the heart of Wetzel County. The drive is lined with farmsteads, small communities and side roads that lead to the scenic Hoyt Forest and mountain hollows. Knob Fork is the highest point in Wetzel County with an elevation of 1050 feet.
Hundred, in the valley at the east end of Route 7, was named for settler Henry Church who lived to be 109 years old. Historic Fish Creek covered bridge, circa 1881, is the only remaining covered bridge in Wetzel County and one of two in the single kingpost truss design in West Virginia. Just north, along Route 250 near the Pennsylvania border (Mason-Dixon Line) is Littleton. To the south lies Burton with its charming roadside park.
The Wetzel County farmers market can be found along Route 2 in new Martinsville. It is open from April through September every Thursday.
The Back Home Festival, held the last weekend in June, is Wetzel County’s premier summer event. Past performers include Del McCoury, David Grisman, The SteelDrivers, Billy Strings, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Davisson Brothers Band, and many more. For more information visit www.backhomefestival.com.
The Wetzel County 4-H camp on Route 7 east of New Martinsville offers camping with electric hookup and waste disposal and is home to the Wetzel County Town & Country days held the first full second week in August annually.
Motorcycle riding, bike riding, fishing, canoeing, walking tours leaf peeping, bird watching, nature photography and camping are just some of the many activities awaiting you in wonderful Wetzel County, West Virginia.
Please contact the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information. Our phone number is 304-398-4910. To learn more about Wetzel County, please visit the Wetzel County website at visitwetzelcounty.com