Mason County, in western West Virginia (WV), was established in 1804 and named for Virginia statesman George Mason. Its county seat is at Point Pleasant.
The Mason County landscape is relatively gentle, and its ridges seldom rise more than 400 feet above the valleys of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, which join along the western flank of the county at Point Pleasant.
In 1774, Virginia militia and Mingo and Shawnee warriors led by Cornstalk battled at Point Pleasant. The area around Point Pleasant is popularly known as the haunt of the legendary Mothman, a reportedly altruistic alien that has appeared intermittently at night since the 1970s. Mason County is largely agricultural. As of the 2010 census, its population was 27,324.
Cities & Towns in Mason County
Apple Grove, West Virginia
Ashton, West Virginia
Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia
Grimms Landing, West Virginia
Hartford, West Virginia
Henderson, West Virginia
Leon, West Virginia
Letart, West Virginia
Mason, West Virginia
New Haven, West Virginia
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Upland, West Virginia
Parks & Public Recreation Facilities
Chief Cornstalk Wildlife Management Area
Clinton F. McClintic State Wildlife Station
Harmon Park (Point Pleasant, WV)
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
McClintic Wildlife Management Area
Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Quillen Park (New Haven, WV)
Mason County Historic Landmarks
Point Pleasant Battleground (Point Pleasant, WV)
Regional Information for Mason County, West Virginia
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Mason County may be found in our guide to travel in the Mid-Ohio Valley Region in western West Virginia, in which Mason County is located.