Greenbrier Valley Region
The Greenbrier Valley Region of southeastern West Virginia has long provided a rural retreat for residents of the mid-Atlantic states. Spas and resorts such as The Greenbrier, at White Sulphur Springs, have attracted visitors since their healing waters were discovered, and the cool upland vales of its Allegheny Mountains have famously provided relief from the heat and humidity of southern summers. Mineral springs, unchartered caverns, and historical towns continue to attract vacationers and new residents. Ski areas such as Snowshoe Mountain are located in the northern region within the Monongahela National Forest. Tourism and agriculture are primary industries.
The Greenbrier Valley region includes the counties of Monroe and Greenbrier and parts of Summers and Pocahontas counties. Parts of the valleys of the New and Gauley rivers west of the Greenbrier Valley are included in this region. The valley region roughly corresponds to the eastern territory of the New River-Greenbrier Valley travel region of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Interstate 64 travels east to west through the region between its junction with I-81 at Lexington, Virginia, to the east, and I-79 at Beckley, West Virginia, to the west. Highway US-219 courses from northeast to southwest through the region, and US-60, also known as the Midland Trail, shadows I-64 along much of its east-west route. Highway WV-3 travels northeast to southwest through the southern region.