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The second largest county in West Virginia, Greenbrier was created in 1778 from parts of Montgomery and Botetourt counties, of Virginia, and named for the region's principal waterway, the Greenbrier River. Its first permanent settlement was established in 1769 at Frankford.

General Andrew Lewis is credited with naming the river and its valley. While surveying the area with his father, he fell into a patch of "green briars," according to legend. The county is renown for its pastureland, mineral springs, and limestone caverns.

County Seat: Lewisburg, WV Population: 34,453 (2000 Census

Greenbrier County, WV


Greenbrier Valley Airport: Located about 5 miles north of Lewisburg

Cities and Towns

Alderson, WV
Lewisburg, WV
Quinwood, WV
Rainelle, WV
Ronceverte, WV
Rupert, WV
White Sulphur Springs, WV


Greenbrier County Hotels: Find nearby hotels and make online reservations


Greenbrier County Weater: Current conditions, forecasts, weather alerts, and more


Map of Greenbrier County and Vicinity

Map is center on Lewisbug, the county seat. View a larger version of this map (best viewed full-screen) with links to driving directions and additional mapping options.


The Greenbrier: World famous resort at White Sulphur Springs

Lewisburg, WV: Shopping, dining and historic sites

West Virginia State Fair: Held near the end of August in Lewisburg, WV

New River Gorge: The New River Gorge National River is located about an hour's drive from Greenbrier County

State Parks

Beartown State Park

National Forests

Monongahela National Forest

Labor Market Information

Greenbrier County Profile: Employment and wage information, income, demographics, and various labor force statistics.


Greenbrier County Library


Greenbrier County Schools

Greenbrier County
Historic home at Alderson, WV
Herns Mill Bridge, one of two covered bridges in Greenbrier County
Leef Knob rises above the flats of theBig Meadows
Farm in the "Levels" of Greenbrier County


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 51 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 39 (Degrees F) -- Low 18 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 83 (Degrees F) -- Low 59 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.69 inches -- July: 4.39 (inches) -- Annual: 38.8 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 80 inches


The county may be divided into three geographic provinces that follow the general SW-NE trend of the Appalachian Mountains. The central province is largely limestone downlands, part of a larger area of relatively level lands known regionally as the Big Levels. The eastern and western provinces are within the heavily forested Allegheny Mountains, which dovetail here in their southern extent. Part of the Allegheny region to the west has been levelled over millions of years into an upland of gentle highland known as the Big Meadows.

Greenbrier County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


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

West Virginia Geological Survey: Greenbrier County