Princeton, West Virginia

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Princeton, West Virginia (WV), the county seat of Mercer County, was established in 1837 and incorporated as a city in 1909. The town is named for Princeton, New Jersey, in which General Hugh Mercer, the namesake of Mercer County, was killed in battle. Princeton today is a lodging and commercial center that serves nearby state and national parklands and skiing traffic associated with ski area.

Lodging near Princeton, West Virginia

 Parks & Public Recreation

The near reaches of Pipestem Resort State Park and the Bluestone National Scenic River approach Princeton approximately 20 miles to the northeast. Camp Creek State Forest is approximately 12 miles north of the community, and the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles to the east.

Photos of Princeton & Vicinity


Princeton is located at the junction of US-19 and the US-460 expressway approximately three miles west of I-77, seven miles southwest of of Athens, West Virginia, and 10 miles northeast of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Map of Princeton, West Virginia

Regional Information

Princeton is located in the Bluestone Region in southern West Virginia.