Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Spring arrives in Pocahontas County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Spring arrives in Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Pocahontas County, in eastern West Virginia (WV), was created in 1821 from parts of Bath, Randolph, and Pendleton counties and was named in honor of Pocahontas, the daughter of Wahunsonacock, a chief of the Powhatan Indians. Its county seat is at Marlinton. Located in the Allegheny Mountains, the region almost entirely mountainous.

Many important rivers rise in Pocahontas County, which is often referred to as part of the “Birthplace of Rivers” region. The ElkCherry, Gauley, Williams, CranberryGreenbrier, and Tygart Valley rivers, and the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River, all source in its highlands. Ski resorts on and near Showshoe Mountain attract thousands of tourists annually, as do state parks, national forest areas, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank. As of the 2010 census, the population of Pocahontas County was 8,719.

Cities & Towns in Pocahontas County

Pocahontas County Court House at Marlinton, WV, Allegheny Highlands Region
Pocahontas County Court House

Bartow, West Virginia
Cass, West Virginia
Droop, West Virginia
Dunmore, West Virginia
Durbin, West Virginia
Edray, West Virginia
Frost, West Virginia
Green Bank, West Virginia
Huntersville, West Virginia
Hillsboro, West Virginia
Linwood, West Virginia
Marlinton, West Virginia
Mill Point, West Virginia
Minnehaha Springs, West Virginia
Slatyfork, West Virginia
Snowshoe, West Virginia
Top of Allegheny, West Virginia
Wildell, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation Areas

Beartown State Park
Calvin Price State Forest
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area (National Forest)
Cranberry Wilderness (National Forest)
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Greenbrier River Rail Trail
Monongahela National Forest
Seneca State Forest
Watoga State Park

Pocahontas County Historic Landmarks

Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, WV)
Reber Radio Telescope (Green Bank, WV)

Regional Information for Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Pocahontas County may be found in our guide to travel in the Allegheny Highlands Region of eastern West Virginia, in which Pocohontas County is located. Much of the southern region of the county is located in the Greenbrier Valley Region, in which travel information may also be found.

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