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Pocahontas County

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Pocahontas County

Established in 1821 from parts of Bath, Pendleton and Randolph Counties (then counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia) and named for Pocahontas, the childhood nickname of Matoaka, daughter of Wahunsonacock, a chief of the Powhatan Indians. Pocahontas is often called an Indian princess, but there is no such thing. The county seat of Pocahontas County was originally in Huntersville, but was moved to Marlinton in 1891.

The county is often referred to as the Birthplace of Rivers, as the Tygart, Cheat, Elk, Greenbrier, Gauley, Williams, Cranberry and Cherry rivers, all of which flow westward, have their rise in Pocahontas County.

County Seat: Marlinton, WV
Population: 9,131 (2000 Census)
Pocahontas County Profile

Lodging: Pocahontas County Hotels

Schools: Pocahontas County Schools
Libraries: Pocahontas County Free Libraries

Cities and Towns

Marlinton, WV
Durbin, WV
Cass, WV
Hillsboro, WV

State Parks

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Watoga State Park

Points of Interest

Snowshoe Mountain - West Virginia's winter skiing capitol -- 57 slopes and trails and 1,500' vertical drop - more than any other resort in the Southeast.

Beartown State Park
Bald Knob
Cass Scenic Railroad
Lee's Headquarters
Camp Allegheny
Camp Bartow
Rider Gap
Birthplace of Rivers
Rider Gap
Buffalo Lake


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 48 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 37 (Degrees F) -- Low 13 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 82 (Degrees F) -- Low 57 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.35 inches -- July: 4.50 (inches) -- Annual: 44.9 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

50 - 120 inches

Pocahontas County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Pocahontas County