Marlinton was named after Jacob Marlin, one of its early settlers. The town is known as “the birthplace of rivers” because eight major rivers—the Cheat, Cranberry, Elk, Greenbrier, Shaver's Fork, Williams, Tygart and the Gauley and its tributaries—have their sources in the area. It also is a noted hunting area: Bears, deer, ruffed grouse and wild turkeys are plentiful in the region.
Marlinton marks an approximate halfway point along the scenic portion of SR 55/US 219, a scenic highway that runs 86 miles. The town also lies midway along the 79-mile Greenbrier River Trail, a hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing trail that runs between North Caldwell and Cass.
Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau 301 Eighth St. MARLINTON, WV 24954. Phone:(304)799-4636 or (800)336-7009