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County Overview

September 14, 2007

Over 50 percent of Tucker County is national forest, federal wilderness, fish and wildlife refuge and state park lands.

Tucker County’s roots lie deep in the richness of the natural resources that once covered the land. It was formed in 1856 and named for Judge St. George Tucker, an eminent statesman.

The population of Tucker County, based on the 2000 census, was 7,321 with 3,052 households and 2,121 families.

Outdoor recreation abounds in Tucker County with opportunities in every season to go hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, skiing, hunting, fishing and more.

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Tucker County Courthouse

The county also boasts two ski resorts, Canaan Valley Resort and Timberline Four Seasons Resort. Each features miles of terrain for beginner, median and expert skiers as well as peak elevations at over 4,000 feet.

Tucker County is home to two state parks, Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls, as well as the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Nearly 900,000 acres of the Monongahela National Forest and parts of the Dolly Sods Wilderness and the Otter Creek Wilderness lie within the county.

Tucker County is home to a variety of fairs and festivals including the Leaf Peepers Festival, the Tucker County fair, the Hick Festival, Mountaineer Days, Celebration of the Arts, Wind Fest as well as many others.

The county seat is Parsons with a population of 1,463 as of 2000.

There are three public schools — Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School, Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School and Tucker County High School — and a private institution, the Alldredge Academy.



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