Pax, West Virginia

Pax, West Virginia (WV), a community in southwestern Fayette County, was incorporated in 1920 and named for Pack’s Branch, a tributary of Paint Creek.  A native village was located near the mouth of the branch on Paint Creek where two overland trails intersected, including the prehistoric Paint Creek Trail. The abbreviated name Pax may derive from railroading days. Pax was an important point on the Virginian Railway, which was there joined by a branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, formerly the Kanawha, Glen Jean & Eastern Railroad. 

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Parks & Recreation

Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area is located five miles northwest of Pax, and the Paint Creek Trail travels along the Paint Creek through the community.


Pax is located on expressways I-64 and I-77 approximately six miles north of Mossy, West Virginia, 13 miles north of Beckley, West Virginia. Packs Branch Road (Fayette County Route 27) provides an alternate seven-mile rural route betwen the expressway at Pax and the US-19 expressway at Mount Hope, West Virginia.

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Regional Information

Pax is located in the New River Gorge Region of southern West Virginia near the Metro Valley Region.

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