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Interstate 77 (I-77)

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Interstate 77 (I-77) in West Virginia runs roughly north to south. Its northern third courses through the gentle, hilly farmland of the Ohio River and its tributaries. 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 land in the United States. Two areas of national parkland are located in this southern region -- the New River Gorge National River and the Bluestone National Scenic River. West Virginia's multi-million-dollar folk-arts center, Tamarack, is located near Beckley at exit 42. Winterplace Ski Resort is

Food & Fuel: Food and fuel can be found off most-every exit along I-77 in West Virginia. More intermittent, fast-food restaurants and convenience stores are more plentiful in places nearer large population centers -- at Beckley, Princeton, Charleston, and Parkersburg. Roadside fare can vary from Starbucks to McDonalds to delightful local favorites.

The West Virginia Turnpike: 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 section of road has required that the state impose tolls. Three toll barriers are located along the pike -- two between Charleston and Beckley and one between Beckley and the state border at Bluefield. I-77 shares its course between Beckley and Charleston with Interstate 64 (I-64).

Attractions along I-77:

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
New River Gorge National River
Tamarack State Fork Arts Center
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
Winterplace Ski Resort
Camp Creek State Park
Bluestone National Scenic River

Attractions within 20 miles of I-77:

Grandview (NPS)
New River Gorge National River
Cities along I-77 in West Virginia:

Five of the ten largest towns in West Virginia are located on or near I-77 -- Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Parkersburg, South Charleston.

However, much of route runs through sparsely populated forest and farmland.

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.