The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Interstate 77 (I-77)
Interstate 77 (I-77) runs roughly north to south through western and southern West Virginia. It's northern third courses through gentle hilly farmland. It's central third, through the metropolitan centers of the Kanawha Valley. It's southern third, through the New River Valley and some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the United States.
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. It shares part of its course -- between Beckley and Charleston -- with Interstate 64 (I-64). Use caution: the turnpike is one of the best segments of interstate in the United States, but it's among the most winding.
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.
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, 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.