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Interstate 77 (I-77)

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Interstate 77 (I-77) runs roughly north-to-south through western and southern West Virginia. The northern third of the interstate courses through gentle hilly farmland. The central third routes through the metropolitan centers of the Kanawha Valley. The southern third meanders through some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the United States.

Five of the ten largest towns in West Virginia are located on or near the route -- Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Parkersburg, South Charleston. However, much of route runs through sparsely populated forest and farmland.

The southern portion of I-77 between Charleston and Bluefield is a toll road -- the West Virginia Turnpike. The high cost of construction and maintainence along this stretch of interstate has required that the state impose tolls. Use caution: the turnpike is one of the best segments of interstate in the United States, but it's among the most winding.

I-77 shares its course between Beckley and Charleston with Interstate 64 (I-64).


Winterplace State Capitol Tamarack

Exit 185: Williamstown

Also: Boaz WV-31

Exit 179: North Parkersburg - Vienna

Also: Ohio Valley University WV-2, WV-68

Exit 176:Parkersburg
Parkersburg - North Bend State Park - Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park US-50, 7th Street,

Exit 174: WV-47, Staunton Avenue, Parkersburg
Parkersburg West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Exit 173: WV-95 Parkersburg

Exit 173: WV-14 Parkersburg
Mineral Wells

Ravenswood, WV





Princeton Bluefield

Location: Wood County, Jackson County, Kanawha County, Fayette County, Raleigh County, Mercer County

, 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.