Braxton County, West Virginia

A distant storm lingers beyond Old Woman Run near Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia (WV)

Braxton County, in central West Virginia, was created from parts of Lewis, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties in 1836. Braxton was named for Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman who signed the Declaration of Independence. Its county seat is at Sutton. The center of the population of West Virginia is located near Gassaway, and the geographic center of the state is located near Sutton. In 1772, at Bulltown, a family of Delaware Indians was massacred by frontiersmen.

The and rivers flow westward across the county. The Holly River joins the Elk River at Sutton Lake. As of the 2010 census, the population of Braxton County was 14,523.

The county is famously known as the home of the Flatwoods Monster, a legendary beast said to have crash-landed on the hill above Depot Street in 1952. The county is also known as the home of two large recreational lakes—Sutton Lake and Burnsville Lake—that attract thousands of anglers, boaters, and campers annually.

Cities & Towns in Braxton County

Braxton County Court House

Bulltown, West Virginia

Centralia, West Virginia
Copen, West Virginia
Duck, West Virginia
Elmira, West Virginia
Exchange, West Virginia
Falls Mill, West Virginia

Frametown, West Virginia

Heaters, West Virginia
Herold, West Virginia
Holly, West Virginia
Letch, West Virginia
Little Birch, West Virginia
Napier, West Virginia
Orlando, West Virginia
Rosedale, West Virginia
Servia, West Virginia
Strange Creek, West Virginia

Telsa, West Virginia
Wilsie, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation Facilities

Burnsville Lake Wildlife Management Area
Elk River Wildlife Management Area

Braxton County Historic Landmarks

(Gassaway, WV)

Regional Information for Braxton County, West Virginia

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Braxton County may be found in our guide to travel in the Heartland Region of central West Virginia, in which Braxton County is located.

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