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Ghent, West Virginia

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Farm house near Winterplace ski resort
Ski slopes descend the north face of Flat Top Mountain
Lookout tower above Winterplace

Ghent, a community in southern Raleigh County near Flat Top, WV, is home to Winterplace Ski Resort. Some of the most valuable real estate in southern West Virginia is located in the Ghent and Flat Top area, thanks in part to the region's spectacular view of the valley of the Bluestone National Scenic River to the south. Ghent was named for Ghent, England.

Ghent is often associated with the adjacent community of Flat Top, WV, in Mercer County, flanking the south face of Flat Top Mountain. Winterplace Ski Resort, approaching the summit of Flat Top Mountain, to the south of Ghent, is popularly known for its unique interstate-expressway accessibility. Located along Interstate 77 (I-77) about 10 miles south of Beckley, WV, and 15 miles north of Princeton, WV, the ski resort is especially popular with skiers from the southeastern U.S.

Real Estate

Land for sale in Ghent is among the most valuable in Raleigh County and adjacent Mercer County. Real estate at Flat Top Lake, one of the area's first master-planned resort developments, is in particularly high demand. Mountaintop properties along the crest of Flat Top Mountain and farmland to the north and south are highly valued.

See: Flat Top, WV, Real Estate


Many hotels, motels, cabins, and campgrounds are located within a 15-mile radius of Ghent and Winterplace, including resort lodging at Glade Springs Resort, located about five miles north of Ghent on U.S. 19 at I-77. Many hotels and motels are also located in Beckley and Princeton. Cabins and vacation rentals are particularly numerous near the ski resort.

See: Ghent, WV Hotels


Ghent boasts the highest elevation of any community in Raleigh County, and as a result enjoys the greatest snowfalls -- the reason Winterplace Ski Resort is located here. Summer afternoon temperatures at Ghent may average 10 degrees cooler than temperatures at nearby Beckley, WV. The region's forests also contribute to summer coolness.

See: Ghent, WV Weather

Elevation: 2,986 feet

Schools: Raleigh County Schools
Libraries: Raleigh County Library

Historic Sites

Many historic sites are located in the Ghent area, particularly those sites significant to the Ghent's agricultural past. The Raleigh County Historic Landmark Commission maintains a growing list of sites that they recommend for preservation.