Southern West Virginia Trip Planner
Welcome to Southern West Virginia!
Strong ties to coal mining, picturesque rural countryside and distinctive Southern culture exemplifies the Southern West Virginia region of the state of West Virginia, a geographically diverse area sitting on the borders of Kentucky and Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. All-season recreation and a mix of adventure and relaxation are available to visitors, who can explore impressive waterways on an adrenaline-filled rafting tour or uncover local heritage at unique historic sites and museums.
The city of Beckley, considered the gateway to the region, is a major transportation, cultural and economic hub. Visitors flock here for two renowned attractions: the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine & Youth Museum and the Tamarack, Best of West Virginia, a cultural complex showcasing art, crafts and food representing the mountain state. Flowing through the impressive gorges and valleys running between Fayetteville and Hinton, the New River Gorge National River is a state treasure and home of the world’s longest steel span arch bridge. Winter visitors will appreciate the wonders that await at Winterplace Ski Resort in Flat Top, located midway between Beckley and the quaint town of Princeton.