Mineral County, West Virginia

Mineral County, in northeastern West Virginia (WV), was created in 1866 and named for its mineral resources, which include the easternmost deposits of coal in West Virginia. Its county seat is at Keyser. The North Branch of the Potomac River courses across the northern boundary of the county, descending eastward out of the Allegheny Mountains. Mineral County is renowned for its agriculture and mountain scenery. Its northern reaches approach the city of Cumberland, Maryland (MD). The birthplace of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln, is preserved near Dolls Gap. As of the 2010 census, the population of Mineral County was 28,212.

Cities & Towns in Mineral County

Burlington, West Virginia
Elk Garden, West Virginia
Fort Ashby, West Virginia
Keyser, West Virginia
Maryland Junction, West Virginia
New Creek, West Virginia
Patterson Creek, West Virginia
Piedmont, West Virginia
Ridgeley, West Virginia
Skyline, West Virginia
Wiley Ford, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation Facilities

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Nancy Hanks Memorial
Jennings Randolph Lake Wildlife Management Area
Springfield Wildlife Management Area
Allegheny Wildlife Management Area

Mineral County Historic Landmarks

Stewart’s Tavern (Short Gap, WV)

Regional Information for Mineral County, West Virginia

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Mineral County may be found in our guide to travel in the Potomac Branches Region of eastern West Virginia, in which Mineral County is located.

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