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Elkins [1] is a city of 7,032 people (as of 2000) in Randolph County, West Virginia. It was incorporated in 1890, and named for Stephen Benton Elkins, a US senator from 1891 to 1893 who came from West Virginia. Because of its size and convenient location, you'll likely want to use Elkins as a base to get to a variety of nearby sights and attractions: one hour East will bring you to the Monongahela National Forest, Canaan Valley, Timberline and the region's caverns; one hour North will bring you to Blackwater Falls State Park and the pretty mountain town of Thomas; and one hour South will bring you to Snowshoe Mountain.

Get in[edit]

Elkins lies at the intersection of three major roads: US-33, which goes through Buckhannon and Harrisonburg, Virginia; US-250, which goes through Grafton and Staunton, Virginia; and US-219, which goes through Somerset, Pennsylvania and Marlinton.

Get around[edit]

Elkins has no public transportation. You can get around town easily by foot or bike, but any real adventure would require a car.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Blackwater Falls State Park, Blackwater Falls Road in Davis, 304-259-5216, [2]. Approximately 50 minutes north of Elkins. A five-story-tall amber-colored waterfall, which is one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. Lodge with gift shop, indoor pool and on-site restaurant. Camping, hiking, horseback and pony rides, swimming, boating and fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and a petting zoo during the summer.
  • Davis & Elkins College [3].
Blackwater Falls, near Davis
  • Monongahela National Forest, 200 Sycamore Street, 304-636-1800, [4]. Over 19,000 acres of forest spread across 10 counties in West Virginia. 23 campgrounds, 17 picnic areas and over 500 miles of hiking trails. Mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, boating, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing.
  • Seneca Rocks, US-33 and WV-28, 304-567-2827. 900-foot-tall formations made of Tuscarora quartzite with over 375 mapped climbing routes and a self-guided interpretive trail with a viewing platform.
  • Spruce Knob, Forest Road, 304-567-2827. The highest point in West Virginia, at 4,861 feet. A stone and steel observation tower provides 360-degree views, and there's a half-mile trail circling the Knob. Fishing, hiking and an on-site campground with 43 sites.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Bike the Allegheny Highlands Trail [5], a regional mountain-biking trail system in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The backbone of the Trail goes from Elkins to Thomas.
  • Visit beautiful Stuart Park [6]located outside of town on US Rt 33. During the summer months bring gear to go for a swim in the river, or just go wading. Pack a blanket and a picnic lunch, spread out and enjoy the outdoors. Available for rent are many different styles of campsites, for overnight guests. Pavilions are also available for rent, perfect for an outdoor get together.

Caverns[edit]

  • Seneca Caverns, WV-9 off US-33 east of Riverton, 800-239-7647, [7]. West Virginia's largest caverns, also called "West Virginia's Underground Wonderland", were discovered in 1760, and commercial tours have been running since 1930. Gemstone mining also available. On-site gift shop and restaurant. Admission $12.
  • Smoke Hole Caverns, route 55 (8 mi south of Petersburg), 800-828-8478, [8]. Open year-round. Caverns are always 56 degrees, so dress warmly. Tours given every half-hour. Riverside log cabins on-site. Admission $9.

Skiing[edit]

  • Canaan Valley Resort, Route 32 north of Harman, 304-866-4121 or 800-622-4121, [9]. 250 guest rooms. Indoor lap pool, outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, fitness room, sauna, 18-hole championship golf course, mini-golf, tennis courts, hiking, biking, wall climbing, hay rides. On-site gift shop, restaurant (the Aspen Dining Room), food court (the Bear Paw Lodge), lounge (the Laurel Lounge) and snack bar. 37 ski slopes, including a vertical drop of 850 feet, and a chairlift ride.
  • Snowshoe Mountain, 10 Snowshoe Drive, 304-572-1000, [10]. Mountain biking, and a golf course named "#1 Public Access Golf Course in West Virginia" for four straight years by GolfWeek Magazine. On-site lodging, 14 restaurants, 17 shops, groceries and markets, tame to wild nightlife, pool, hot tub, sauna and spa. Skiing and snowboarding lessons and kids' programs. 114 trails, including vertical drops of up to 1500 feet, and 27 lifts. Season passes are $215 - $629; winter lift tickets are $30 - $67.
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Route 32 N to Canaan Valley, 800-SNOWING, [11]. 36 slopes and trails, with a vertical rise of 1,000 feet, for skiiers of all abilities. 3 chairlifts. NASTAR racing. Skiing and snowboarding lessons $45 - $95. Lifts $19 - $54, rentals $12 - $25.

Events[edit]

  • Antique Car Show, Held every 4th of July weekend, the car show fills the Elkins City Park with vehicles of all makes and models, past and present. Fun for car lovers of all ages, activities include live music, games, and vendor demonstrations.
  • Augusta Festival, (http://www.augustaheritage.com). August festival is a 5 week long folk arts festival held annually in July and August. The Augusta Heritage Center offers over 300 classes in folk art and music, as well as concerts and dances. Mini workshops are held throughout the year.
  • International Ramp Festival and Cook-off, Elkins City Park, Held at the end of April. One of the first vegetables to appear in spring are wild leeks, known as ramps, which are widely celebrated in the Appalachian region. Live music, entertainment, and ramps cooked every way possible. Admission free.
  • Mountain State Forest Festival, [12]. Held at the end of September. With hot-air balloon rides, a carnival, a gun show, bass fishing tournament, tennis tournament, horseshoe tournament, Irish road bowling, talent shows, cabaret, photography contest, lumberjack contest and log stacking, quilt show, exhibits, live entertainment, food vendors, buckwheat cake and sausage feed, and parades.
  • Pickin' in the Park, Held every Wednesday afternoon in the Elkins City Park. Local musicians gather to play folk/country music and trade stories. All year long. In winter, held indoors nearby.

Learn[edit]

  • The local area newspaper is The Inter-Mountain, Their offices are located at 520 Railroad Avenue, 304-636-2121, [13].
  • The city directory for Elkins is WVHome.com [14] The place to find out about everything that's going on in the Elkins area.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Artists at Work, 329 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV 26241, 304-637-6309, [15]. Artists at Work is a co-op ran by local artists. Serving as both a gallery and a gift shop, Artists at Work is a wonderful place to pick up a sentimental gift for that special someone.  edit
  • Mountain Made, 100 Douglas Rd Circle, Thomas, WV 26292, (304) 463-3355, [16]. A nonprofit store located in the nearby town of Thomas (45 minutes northeast on US-219), offering products made by talented West Virginia artists and craftspeople. Books, cards, stationery, jewellery, clothing, honey, jams and jellies, sauces, knives, home decor, music, instruments, garden and yard supplies, glassware, utensils and pottery.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Beander's at Due North, 314 Davis Ave Elkins, WV 26241, 304-636-6000. Restaurant and bar. Adequate menu with many offerings, mainly pub style food. Venture here in the evenings for a bar with a younger crowd.  edit
  • Cheat River Inn, Route 33 east of Elkins, 304-636-6265, [17]. Open Wednesday to Sunday 5-9pm; Sunday brunch 10am-3pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Fine dining, including: fresh seafood, steak, chicken, and pastas. Some vegetarian options. Wednesday night is sushi night. If it's nice out, it's not worth going unless you can get a table on the deck overlooking the Cheat River. Making a reservation is strongly suggested!
  • CJ Maggies, Davis Avenue, 304-636-1730, [18]. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and drink. Diverse menu including sandwiches and pasta plates. Also serves Appalachian Ale and other brews from the Appalachian Brewing Company.
  • El Gran Sabor, Davis Avenue, 304-636-8200, [19]. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch or dinner. Authentic Venezuelan food and spirits, including tostones, cornados, yuca, arepas, cachapas and tres leches. $7 - $16. The bar in the back often plays host to live local music on the weekends.
  • Sawmill Restaurant,, Davis, WV (Rt32 , close to Blackwaterfalls park.), 304-259-5245, [20]. Sunday thru Thursday 6am til 8pm. Friday and Saturday 6am til 9pm.. Home cooked meals. Breakfast-sausage gravy on biscuits with homefries. Lunch-sawmill steak sandwich on grilled homemade bread. Dinner-WV ham with homefries, brown beans, corn bread and salad bar. Has daily specials $4.50 - $14.95.  edit
  • Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar, 25 Randolph Avenue, (304) 636-0808.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Blackwater Brewing Company, Thomas Avenue and Williams Avenue in nearby Davis, +1 304 259-4221, [21]. 6 ales, stouts and porters. Also serves appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, traditional entrees, German and Italian entrees. Live entertainment. $7 - $19.
  • The Jabberwock Bar & Grill, 122 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, (304) 637-2302‎, [22].  edit
  • Journeez, US Rt 33 East, Elkins WV, (304) 637-8100.  edit
  • Mountain State Brewing Company, 1 Nelson Boulevard in Thomas, +1 304 463-4500, [23]. 4 ales and stouts. Provides handcrafted ales to Canaan Valley, Elkins, Morgantown, Snowshoe and surrounding areas. On-site pub.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Days Inn Elkins, Randolph Center, 1200 Harrison Avenue, Elkins, WV, (304) 637-4667‎.  edit
  • Elkins Economy Inn, 266 US Rt 33 East, 304-636-5311. Clean rooms for an affordable price. Amenities include free wireless internet, swimming pool/hot tub, HBO.  edit

A Little More[edit]

  • Cheat River Lodge, Route 33 east of Elkins, 304-636-2301, [24]. 6 rooms, and 7 cabins. Observation deck over the river, refrigerator, microwave. Cabins have fully-equipped kitchens and private 7-foot outdoor hot tubs. $68 - $83 for lodge, $171 - $196 for cabins.
  • Elkins Motor Lodge, Harrison Avenue, Elkins, WV, (877) 747-8713‎.  edit
  • Hampton Inn Elkins, 480 Plantation Drive, Elkins, WV, (304) 630-7500‎.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Elkins, 50 Martin Street, Elkins, WV, (304) 630-2266‎.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Graceland Inn and Conference Center, Davis & Elkins College, 800-624-3157, [25]. 11 rooms. A beautifully restored Victorian mansion with on-site restaurant. $93 - $166.
  • Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV 26209, (304) 572-1000[26].
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort, Davis, WV 26260, (304) 866-4801[27].

Get out[edit]

  • Buckhannon, about 30 minutes west on US-33, is home to West Virginia Wesleyan College.
  • Helvetia, about 1 hour south on US-219 and CR-46, is a laid-back village with a strong Swiss cultural heritage.
  • Marlinton, about 1 hour and 15 minutes south on US-219 and US-250, is a good base to reach the Cass Scenic Railroad.
  • Morgantown, about 1 hour and 30 minutes north on US-33 and I-79, is home to West Virginia University.
  • Weston, about 45 minutes west on US-33.



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