About ElkinsElkins, on the Tygart Valley River in the Potomac Highlands, is in a region that contains many of West Virginia's highest mountains. Named for Stephen B. Elkins, secretary of war and U.S. senator 1895-1911, the city was a center for railroad, timber and coal operations. The mountains provide a variety of recreational opportunities, including the Mountain State Forest Festival , held each fall. Ski areas are nearby in the Monongahela National Forest, which maintains its headquarters in Elkins.
Elkins is at the crossroads of three scenic highways. From Fairmont to the north, the scenic section of US 250 passes through, running south to Huttonsville. US 219 runs south jointly with US 250 to Huttonsville and then continues on to White Sulphur Springs. US 33 crosses them in Elkins, following the Tygart River into town before heading east into some of the region's most spectacular scenery. The Stuart Memorial Drive, which passes Stuart Recreation Area and 4,020-foot Bickles Knob, runs between Elkins and Alpena.
Visitor Centers Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce 10 Eleventh St. Elkins, WV 26241. Phone:(304)636-2717
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