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Summers County

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Summers County
New River thunders over Sandstone Falls
Spring flowers blossom in a yard in Hinton, WV
Barn along Greenbrier River

Formed in 1871 from parts of Monroe, Mercer, Fayette, and Greenbrier counties, Summers County was named in honor of George W. Summers, a prominent jurist of Kanawha County. The first Europeans to visit the county may have been members of Walker's Expedition, which may have reached the mouth of the Greenbrier River on the New River at present-day Hinton, WV, in 1751. Though traditionally an agricultural setting prior to the arrival of Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) in 1871, the county became increasingly reliant on tourism in recent years. Thousands of travelers tour its state and national park areas annually. The county's most popular tourist attractions include Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park, Bluestone State Park, and Sandstone Falls, part of the New River Gorge National River.

County Seat: Hinton, WV
Population: (2000 Census
Summers County Profile

Lodging: Summers County Hotels

Schools: Summers County Schools

Libraries: Summers County Library

Cities and Towns

Barger Springs, WV
Brooks, WV
Farley, WV
Forest Hill, WV
Green Sulphur Springs, WV
Hinton, WV
Jumping Branch, WV
Lockbridge, WV
Lowell, WV
Meadow Creek, WV
Nimitz, WV
Pence Springs, WV
Pipestem, WV
Sandstone, WV
Talcott, WV
True, WV

Points of Interest

Historic Sites & Districts

Big Bend Tunnel
Camp Brookside
Camp Jones
Cooper's Mill
Graham House Museum
Greenbrier Springs
Hinton Historic District
Jordan's Chapel
Mercer Saltworks
Pence Springs Hotel
Samuel Gwinn Plantation

Local, State & National Parks

Bellepoint Park
Bluestone Lake WMA
Bluestone National Scenic River
Bluestone State Park
Hinton Sidetrack Park
New River Gorge National River
Pipestem Resort State Park

Other Points of Interest

Appalachian South Folklife Center
Brooks Falls
Brooks Overlook
Day's Rock
Keeney Knob Fire Tower
Mercer Saltworks
Mountain Valley Lake
Pipestem Falls
Sandstone Falls
Sandstone Overlook
Sandstone Visitor Center
Three Rivers Avian Center
Willowwood Country Club


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 53 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 40 (Degrees F) -- Low 21 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 84 (Degrees F) -- Low 62 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.73 inches -- July: 4.15 (inches) -- Annual: 39.0 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 35 inches

Summers County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


A History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory, published in 1906

West Virginia Geological Survey: Mercer, Monroe, and Summers Counties

West Virginia Geological Survey: Raleigh County and the Western Portions of Mercer and Summers Counties