Ritchie County, West Virginia

Courthouse, Ritchie County, West Virginia

Ritchie County, in north-central West Virginia (WV), was formed in 1843 from parts of Wood, Lewis, and Harrison counties. Its county seat is at Harrisville. Ritchie County was named in honor of Thomas Ritchie, a distinguished journalist of Richmond, Virginia, whose mother was a sister of Judge Spencer Roane, for whom Roane County was named. Though western Ritchie County prospered during an oil boom in the late 1800s, the county is almost entirely rural today and is principally home to many farms and outdoor-recreation destinations. The north and south forks of the drain much of the county as they descend westward. As of the 2010 census, the population of Ritchie County was 10,449.

Cities & Towns in Ritchie County


Berea, West Virginia
Burnt House, West Virginia

Cisco, West Virginia


Hazelgreen, West Virginia
McFarlan, West Virginia
Mellin, West Virginia
Mountain, West Virginia

Petroleum, West Virginia
Pike, West Virginia
Pullman, West Virginia
Smithville, West Virginia

Parks & Public Recreation Facilities

North Bend Rail Trail
North Bend State Park
Ritchie Mines Wildlife Management Area
Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area

Ritchie County Historic Landmarks

(Harrisville, WV)

Regional Information for Ritchie County, West Virginia

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




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