Elkins, West Virginia

Elkins, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Randolph County, was incorporated in 1890 and named for industrialist Stephen B. Elkins, U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1895-1911. Elkins is the location of Davis & Elkins College.

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On the Tygart Valley River in the north central Tygart Valley, Elkins is an important commercial center for agriculture, coal mining, and timbering. Beyond the valley, the community is flanked to the east and west by the Allegheny Mountains and the Monongahela National Forest. The Stuart Recreation Area, the Bear Heaven Recreation Area, the Otter Creek Wilderness are located in the national forest northeast of Elkins.

Elkins is a favorite haunt of ghost hunters and is numbered among the most haunted locales in West Virginia. According to West Virginia Ghosts, a handful of Elkins hauntings have become legendary.

Location

Elkins is located on the US-33 expressway approximately 40 miles east of I-79 at Weston , West Virginia, and 70 miles west of Moorefield, West Virginia.

Regional Information

Elkins is located in the Allegheny Highlands Region of eastern West Virginia.

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