The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Green Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
A drive of 15 miles northwest of Hinton, WV, in northern Summers County, the village of Green Sulphur Springs (map) is an unincorporated community that takes its name from the former site of the Green Sulphur Spring. It shelters at the foot of a hillside along Lick Creek, a tributary of New River that Interstate 64 and W.Va. Route 20 follow through the northern county. I-64 exit 143, the Green Sulphur Springs interchange, is located at the community. Though unincorporated, the community maintains a post office that serves a large rural area. Green Sulphur Springs is almost entirely surrounded by mountains, including Gwinn Mountain, to the north, Big Swell Mountain, to the south, and Fisher Mountain, to the east.
The Green Sulphur Spring for which the town was named was a fountain of mineral-infused water that was reputed to possess healing properties, as did many springs in the time of its celebrity in the late 1800s. According to author James H. Miller, in his "History of Summers County, West Virginia," the saltiness of the spring had attracted elk, deer, buffalo to the Lick Creek, a tributary of New River along which the spring and community were located.