With a history steeped in logging and rail, Elkins embodies the spirit of the rugged eastern frontier. This mountain town on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest is a mecca for sportsmen and other outdoor enthusiasts who come to the area to fish, hunt, bike and hike. Elkins also is a cultural hub, serving as home to several theaters, art galleries, and even a school devoted to the preservation of traditional music and dance.
Here travelers can find a low-cost bunk (and a beverage) at Brewstel Brew Shop & Hostel or bask in the refined Victorian elegance of Graceland Inn. Dining options are as varied as lodging, ranging from the upscale cuisine of The Forks Inn to the casual American fare of C.J. Maggie’s and even the Latin American fusion of El Gran Sabor. Pay homage to Elkins’ lumberjack history with a cold brew at Big Timber Brewing Company or revisit the old days of riding the rails with a scenic train ride aboard the New Tygart Flyer. Choose your own adventure!
- The Randolph County Community Arts Center hosts art exhibits, classes, concerts and other special events.
- The Augusta Heritage Center at Davis & Elkins College preserves traditional Appalachian music, dance, craft and folklore.
- Gandy Dancer Theatre hosts Branson-style variety shows with dinner.
- The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is the home of Mountain Rail Adventures which offers scenic train rides and special event trains aboard the New Tygart Flyer, Cheat Mountain Salamander, Durbin Rocket and Cass Scenic Railroad.
- The Mountain State Forest Festival in October is one of West Virginia’s oldest and largest festivals.
- The Augusta Heritage Festival, hosted by the Augusta Heritage Center over five weeks in the summer, is a celebration of traditional music, dance and folklore.