Huntington sits along the Ohio River in Cabell County across from the state of Ohio. As home of Marshall University, this West Virginia city has a bustling dining and nightlife scene, but it’s also a great place for families to visit and live. Huntington is richly endowed with public parks. Many of which have won awards for their design, overall appeal and amenities. At Ritter Park, a local favorite, a creek winds through acres of manicured lawns, a walking trail, dog park, tennis courts, award-winning playground, and amphitheater and famous rose garden. Local dining and shopping are abundant here, with plenty of arts, music and college spirit in between.
- In 2012, Huntington’s Ritter Park was named as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.
- Heritage Farm Museum & Village is West Virginia’s first Smithsonian Affiliate.
- Regarded as one of West Virginia’s most distinctive landmarks, Huntington’s Keith-Albee Theatre was designed in an ornate Spanish Baroque style by Thomas W. Lamb, one of America’s foremost theatre architects.
- The 2006 movie “We Are Marshall” starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox was filmed in Huntington.
- Huntington Music & Arts Festival began as a one-day event but is now a weeklong celebration of locally made art and music at the Ritter Park Amphitheater.
- Craft beer lovers gather at Rails & Ales in Huntington each year, one of West Virginia’s largest craft beer events.
- For two weekends in October, the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society presents New River Train excursions from Huntington to Hinton, allowing for a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country.