The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Interstate 77 (I-77)
Interstate 77 (I-77) runs roughly north-to-south through western and southern West Virginia. Its northern third courses through gentle hilly farmland. Its central third is routed through the metropolitan centers of the Kanawha Valley. Its southern third meanders through some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the United States.
The portion of I-77 between Charleston and the West Virginia border near Bluefield, WV, is a toll road, the West Virginia Turnpike: the high cost of maintainence on this stretch interstate, which courses through some of the most rugged terrain in the U.S., has required
Exit 173: WV-95 Parkersburg
Exit 173: WV-14 Parkersburg
, from north to south -- the hilly fields of the Ohio Valley, the metropolitan Kanawha Valley (which includes Charleston, the state capitol), the steep-walled mountains of the southern coalfields, and the broad tablelands of the New River Valley, including some of the most beautiful mountain regions in the nation.