Fayetteville, West Virginia

Cathedral Cafe, Fayetteville, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Church Cafe, Fayetteville, WV

Fayetteville, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Fayette County, was established in 1837 as “Vandalia” and was named for Abraham Vandal, who owned of the land upon which the town was founded. Chartered as Fayetteville in 1883, the town was named in honor the Marquis de LaFayette.

It is situated on a broad tableland south of the New River Gorge and the  New River Gorge Bridge. Fayetteville was listed among the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Budget Travel Magazine in 2006 and was ranked among the 100 top outdoor-adventure destinations by National Geographic Magazine in 2010.

The town is home to the Fayetteville National Historic District and includes several additional national historic landmarks, including the E.B. Hawkins House.

Lodging near Fayetteville, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation

In addition to the New River Gorge National River, the following parks and public recreation areas are located within 20 miles of Fayetteville.

  • Janutolo Park (Fayetteville)
  • Hughes Park (Fayetteville)
  • Fayette County Park
  • Collins Park (Oak Hill)

Fayetteville 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 Fayetteville hauntings have become legendary.

Photos of Fayetteville & Vicinity

Location

Fayetteville is located on the US-19 expressway approximately six miles north of Oak Hill, West Virginia, 15 miles north of the Bechtel National Scout Reserve, at Mount Hope, West Virginia, and 25 miles north of Beckley, West Virginia.

Map of Fayetteville, West Virginia

Regional Information

Fayetteville is located in the New River Gorge Region in southern West Virginia.


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