Raleigh County, West Virginia

Outliers of the Allegheny Mountains rise beyond the tablelands in central Raleigh County north of Beckley, West Virginia.
Outliers of the Allegheny Mountains rise beyond the tablelands in central Raleigh County north of Beckley, West Virginia.

Raleigh County, in southern West Virginia (WV), was created in 1850 from Fayette County and named for Sir Walter Raleigh. Its county seat is at Beckley, which is also among the largest cities in West Virginia.

Raleigh County is drained principally by the New River and its tributaries, though its western and southern reaches are drained by tributaries of the Coal River, Kanawha River, and the Guyandotte River.

The county is a chief destination for travel in West Virginia. National parkland and Winterplace ski resort attract thousands of tourists each year. Tamarack, Glade Springs Resort, and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine are landmark destinations. As of the 2010 census, the population of Raleigh County was 78,859.


Cities & Towns in Raleigh County

Arnett, West Virginia
Beaver, West Virginia
Beckley, West Virginia
Bolt, West Virginia
Bradley, West Virginia
Bragg, West Virginia
Clear Creek, West Virginia
Coal City, West Virginia
Cool Ridge, West Virginia
Cranberry, West Virginia
Daniels, West Virginia
Dorothy, West Virginia
Eccles, West Virginia
Ghent, West Virginia
Glen Daniel, West Virginia
Grandview, West Virginia
Lester, West Virginia
Mabscott, West Virginia
MacArthur, West Virginia
Montcoal, West Virginia
Piney View, West Virginia
Prosperity, West Virginia
Raleigh, West Virginia
Rhodell, West Virginia
Shady Spring, West Virginia
Slab Fork, West Virginia
Sophia, West Virginia
Stanaford, West Virginia
Surveyor, West Virginia
White Oak, West Virginia


Parks & Public Recreation Facilities


National Historic Districts and Landmarks


Regional Information for Raleigh County, West Virginia

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in Raleigh County may be found in our guide to travel in the New River Gorge Region of southern West Virginia, in which Raleigh County is located.


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