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US Highway 219

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Location: Preston County, Tucker County, Randolph County, Pocahontas County, Greenbrier County, Monroe County


US Highway 219 runs north-to-south through the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. Much of the state's most scenic mountain land and many of its most popular tourist attractions are within minutes of its route. Important towns and smaller communities along the route, from north to south, include Thomas, Parsons, Montrose, Elkins, Beverly, Mill Creek, Huttonsville, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Lewisburg, Fairlea, Ronceverte, Union, and Peterstown.


US 219 North: In northern West Virginia, US 219 traverses the Monongahela National Forest. Many natural and cultural landmarks are located near the route. The historic Fairfax Stone is one of the first major attractions along the route bearing south from the Maryland border in northern West Virginia. The stone marks the western extent of the lands of Lord Thomas Fairfax, surveyed by George Washington in his youth, and the western spring of the north branch of the Potomac River. To the south of the stone the route passes near Thomas, WV, and Blackwater Falls State Park and the Canaan Valley, home to the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and two West Virginia ski resorts -- Timberline and Canaan Valley.


Near the northern Canaan Valley, the route turns briefly west over Backbone Mountain and descends to Parsons, site of the head of the Cheat River, crosses Cheat Mountain, and returns to its southerly course in the broad valley of Leading Creek, paralleled on the west by Laurel Mountain and east by Cheat Mountain. Farther south, at Elkins, US 219 crosses east-west US 250 and begins to follow the broad, isolated valley of the Tygart River south toward its headspring. To the east and west of the valley the peaks of Cheat Mountain and Rich Mountain rise above the valley walls. Near its southern end the route nears the ski areas at Snowshoe Mountain before descending into the valleys of southern West Virginia.


US 219 South: South of the Snowshoe Mountain ski area, US 219 climbs along the eastern face of Elk Mountain and descends ito the valley of the Greenbrier River to Marlinton, WV.