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West Virginia: Mountaineer Country
Mountaineer Country is a pleasing patchwork of old and new, high-tech and down-home, front-burner energy and back-porch relaxation.
Start with the descendants of European immigrants who came in the last century to mine coal, lay railroads, cut timber and build factories. Add the mountain bikers, hikers, rafters, kayakers, rock climbers, sportsmen and nature lovers drawn by the region's mountains, rivers, forests, lakes and trails.
Piece it together with a vibrant intellectual, artistic and sports community made of tens of thousands of students at West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan, Salem-Teikyo, Alderson-Broaddus and Fairmont State colleges, along with the state-of-the-art technological centers these schools support.
Interstate 79, from Morgantown to Weston, boasts West Virginia's high-technology corridor, home to more than 300 technology-rich companies.
Finally, mix in pioneer history come to life, the best Italian food you've ever tasted, arts and crafts, great jazz, joyful festivals and your own back road discoveries, and you've got the colorful quilt that is Mountaineer Country.
We've Got It Covered
Of West Virginia's 17 intact 19th-century covered bridges, almost half are in Mountaineer Country. Generally patterned after German, Swiss and Austrian designs, these bridges were covered to...
Morgantown, the urban nucleus of Mountaineer Country, got an early start. Its founders, the Morgans, are credited as...
High Street is the center of most activity downtown and the site of impressive historical structures, many designed by one prolific architect...
Champs on the Cheat
Lakeview Resort, overlooking jewel-like Cheat Lake, has hosted the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead at its championship golf courses.
A Fair Mountain
South of Morgantown, the town of Fairmont is Marion County's seat. Originally called Middletown because...
Fairmont's colonial roots are celebrated at Pricketts Fort State Park, just north of town, where interpreters in period costumes go about the tasks of...
Life in the Fast Lane
On Friday and Saturday evenings year-round, stock cars scream around the I-79 Raceway at Exit 125 and dragsters run the strip at the Fairmont Dragway.
Feast for the Senses
South of Fairmont is Clarksburg, the birthplace of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and the adopted home of thousands of immigrant laborers who built the...
Crafts and Antiques
Bridgeport, at the busy junction of US 50 and I-79, has been a trading post since 1764. Today it's a favorite stop for food,...
When the B&O Railroad came through Grafton in 1856, the little town suddenly found itself an important rail center at the junction of lines extending to Wheeling and Parkersburg...
Preston County, in the northeast corner of Mountaineer Country, offers a peaceful rural landscape of farmland, mountains and villages.
One of the villages, Arthurdale, was the first...
One of West Virginia's fragile gems, Cathedral State Park is the last remnant of mixed virgin timber in the state and one of the most accessible stands of old-growth forest in North America.
Whitewater and Wheels
Whitewater enthusiasts make annual pilgrimages to Mountaineer Country's tumbling Cheat and Tygart rivers.
Home in the Hills
The rugged terrain that challenged pioneers now sets the stage for rock climbers, mountain bikers,...