Qualities of Pocahontas County

Former U.S.Congressman Ken Hechler said what many people from all over West Virginia say about Pocahontas County. “It is the prettiest place in the state.”

Indeed, the stunning beauty, rich ecosystem, vast expanses of public lands, and extraordinary outdoor recreation draw many visitors, new residents, and deep satisfaction to locals. Pocahontas County has the highest average elevation of all eastern U.S. counties. No water flows into the county; instead, eight rivers originate—the Gauley, Cherry, Elk, Greenbrier, Tygart, Williams, Cranberry, and Shaver’s Fork of Cheat River.

Approximately 2/3 of the county is in public land. The Monongahela National Forest is by far the largest, with two state forests (Calvin Price and Seneca), and state parks (Watoga, Droop, Bear Town, Cass). Snowshoe Resort, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and several large farms create additional open space.

Neighborly people, a rural lifestyle, and moderate living costs all offer appeal to those willing to forgo urban life.

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Lush farms nestle among majestic mountains