War, West Virginia

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Town of War, West Virginia

War, West Virginia (WV), a community in McDowell County, was incorporated in 1920 and named for War Creek, which there joins the Dry Fork of the Tug Fork River. War Creek was so named by Native Americans in 1788 for a battle that apparently occurred near its source. War was formerly known as Miner's City.

War is the southernmost municipality in West Virginia. Like other communities in the rugged southern coal-mining region of West Virginia, the community is suffering tremendous economic decline, though hunting in the vast Berwind Wildlife Management Area attracts thousands of hunters to the region annually.

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Parks & Public Recreation

Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area is located four miles south of War.


War is located on highway WV-16 approximately 15 miles southwest of Welch, West Virginia, 25 miles southeast of Iaeger, West Virginia, and 30 miles west of Bramwell, West Virginia.

Map of War, West Virginia

Regional Information

War is located in the in southern West Virginia.