Mountaineer Country

Blessed with a rich multicultural heritage and compelling history, Mountaineers also value the youthful verve and zestful lifestyle that distinguishes this region of West Virginia.

6 Regional Favorites

As you explore Mountaineer Country, check out these favorite places:

  • Philippi Covered Bridge: A picturesque landmark now, this was the site of a Civil War battle and one of seven covered bridges in Mountaineer Country.
  • Prickett’s Fort State Park: Experience frontier life in Fairmont with costumed interpreters, including working weavers, blacksmiths and gunsmiths.
  • Italian Heritage Festival: Enjoy one of West Virginia’s largest and most delicious festivals, help in Clarksburg. Dance a tarantella or enter the meatball-eating contest.
  • Motorcycle-Friendly Morgantown: Ride one of several self-guided tours tailored for lovers of scenic beauty, covered bridges, twisty roads and more.
  • Heston Farm Winery: In Fairmont, taste the wines or sip Copperhead, a premium buckwheat whiskey from the family’s Pinchgut Hollow Distillery.

More in Mountaineer Country

West Virginia University and its fans set the pace in Morgantown, a booming community full of arts and entertainment, fine food and spirits, festivals and lodging. West Virginia Public Theatre’s Broadway performances, the WVU Arts Series and summer movies at the Hazel Ruby McQueen Amphitheater are perennial fan favorites.

A few miles south, visit Fairmont, Clarksburg and Bridgeport for more attractions, shopping and dining.

Mountaineer Country is ruggedly just right for outdoor adventures. Water sports range from wild whitewater rafting to calm canoeing. Hiking and biking trails criss-cross the region. Valley Falls State Park, Tygart Lake State Park and Coopers Rock State Forest offer splendid views as well as outdoor activities.

This region is saturated with history, from Colonial settlements to Civil War battle sites to coal mining memorials. Visit the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, tour the 1870 Adaland Mansion in Philippi and absorb New Deal history in the community of Arthurdale and at the CCC Camp Museum in Quiet Dell.