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Named for the Indian Princess Pocahontas, a direct ancestor of then governor Thomas Mann Randolph, Pocahontas County was established by the Colony of Virginia in 1821. Land was ceded from Bath, Randolph, Pendleton, and later, Greenbrier Counties to form the new borders.


Encompassing a land area of 943 square miles, Pocahontas County is one of the largest in West Virginia, and with less than 9,000 inhabitants, among the least populated. Located abutting the western border of Virginia, most of the county is contained in the Monongahela National Forest. This national treasure offers 500 miles of hiking/biking trails, and a myriad of camping opportunities.


Snow Play
The word is out . . . Pocahontas County's ideal combination of mountainous terrain and elevations of 3,000-4,000 feet provide significant natural snow coverage for winter fun. We've got a great playground for winter fun for you and your family. You can spend hours just enjoying the beauty of a snow-covered landscape or you can enjoy all the recreation that winter time can bring.


The renowned Snowshoe Mountain Resort also is found in Pocahontas County. The four season resort has gained in popularity with each year of operation (now in its 30th year), and has become the number one destination resort for a large portion of the East Coast skiing population.



Pocahontas County is called the Birthplace of Rivers because eight rivers have headwaters here, so it's no surprise that fishing is extremely popular in the rivers and countless streams that flow out of our mountains! These cold and clear streams and rivers are the sites of the finest trout fishing in the state and many are on the state trout stocking program. Native brook trout, small but challenging, still thrive in several of the county's streams. Several outfitters in the county offer guided fly fishing and float trips.


This region was a favorite hunting ground for the Indian tribes who used to roam these mountains, and it remains a favorite of hunters today because deer, black bear, ruffled grouse, and wild turkey abound here. The Monongahela National Forest lands are open to hunting during legal seasons, as are Calvin W. Price and Seneca State Forests and the Handley Public Hunting Area. Hunting is not permitted in state parks.


National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Situated near Green Bank is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, home of the world's largest adjustable radio telescope-the Robert C. Byrd Telescope. Regularly scheduled tours explain the importance of this facility, and finish with a bus ride that takes the visitor within 100 yards of the larger-than-life structure. Green Bank lies within the National Radio Quiet Zone, which explains why the Observatory is located here, and why you cannot pick up your favorite station on the car radio.

Droop Mountain Battlefield
This 285 acre park includes interpretive exhibits, Confederate earthworks, a small museum, lookout tower, picnic area, hiking trails and children's play area. The oldest state park in West Virginia.


Historic Railroads
A trip to one of Pocahontas County's Scenic Railroads provides an authentic look at an important part of Pocahontas County's history, plus an excursion into some of the most remote and breathtaking areas in the country. The history of the railroads is linked to the fascinating story of the logging boom that sparked massive growth and change in the county in the early 20th Century.



The Durbin Rocket
Powered by the D&G's latest addition, a 92-year old Climax steam locomotive, this little train hauls passengers along the forested banks of the Greenbrier River in northern Pocahontas County. The Rocket departs from the historic depot in the charming hamlet of Durbin.

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Cass Scenic Railroad
The historic railroad is the last remaining segment of the massive lumber railroad network that once covered virtually every valley and mountain of Pocahontas County. Today's trains consist of cars converted from those actually used in logging service and are powered by some of the last Shay and Heisler-type steam logging locomotives in the world. The railroad terminates at a viewing area just below Bald Knob which, at an elevation of 4,842 feet, is one of the highest summits in West Virginia. The Town of Cass and the stop at Whittaker Station offer a glimpse of life in the logging era.

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Marlinton, WV 24954