Mount Hope, West Virginia

Residence at Mount Hope, West Virginia, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Residence at Mount Hope, WV

Mount Hope, West Virginia (WV), a community in Fayette County, was named for Mount Hope School, a one-room schoolhouse situated on a hill in the upper valley of Dunloup Creek, a tributary of the New River. The city in the early 1900s was one of the largest commercial centers in the New River coalfields in southern West Virginia. Mount Hope is the site of the Bechtel National Scouting Reserve, home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree and a destination for outdoor recreation.

Lodging near Mount Hope, West Virginia

Boy Scout Jamboree & Adventure Basecamp

Governor Patteson Home, Mount Hope, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Governor Patteson Home

Scouting activities and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) events are principal draws in the Mount Hope area, which is located less than five miles east of the New River Gorge National River.  The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve hosted its first Boy Scout Jamboree at Mount Hope in 2013. The Summit functions as a Jamboree facility every four years. During intervening years it operates as one of the association’s five national high-adventure bases.


Mount Hope is located on highway WV-16 and the US-19 expressway approximately 10 miles north of Beckley, West Virginia, six miles south of Oak Hill, West Virginia, and 12 miles south of Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Map of Mount Hope, West Virginia

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Regional Information

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

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