The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Interstate 77 (I-77)
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:
However, much of route runs through sparsely populated forest and farmland.
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.