Randolph County is the largest county in West Virginia and one of the largest in the United States. The mountainous terrain, three rivers, an ample history and a thriving arts community make the county a unique attraction for visitors.
The county seat, Elkins, is about an hour and a half away from three of the state's largest ski resorts, and offers many opportunities for shopping, historic site visits and outdoor recreation.
Randolph County was formed in 1787, and at first it included Tucker County and portions of Barbour, Upshur, Pocahontas and Webster counties. It was named for Virginia Gov. Edmund Jennings Randolph, who served from 1786 to 1788.
The county is home to the Mountain State's highest peak, Spruce Knob, at 4,863 feet. The mountain also features a lake that is well known for fishing.
A portion of the Monongahela National Forest lies within the county. The forest was formed in 1911 and occupies more than 919,000 acres in 10 counties in the highlands of the state. The forest provides ample opportunities for bicycling, climbing, fishing, hiking, hunting and several other activities. Randolph County also features the Kumbrabow State Forest.
The Tygart Valley River, the Shavers Fork River and the Laurel Fork River all flow through Randolph County and provide ample opportunity for fishing and rafting.
Randolph County also was home to one of the earliest battles of the Civil War.
The Battle of Rich Mountain took place just outside Beverly on July 11, 1861.
The county is home to several locations placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Elkins and the town of Beverly both feature historic districts. Elkins is also the home of Darden Mill; Graceland and Halliehurst mansions, both located on the campus of Davis & Elkins College; and the Wees Historic District.
Elkins also has been named one of the 100 best Art Towns in America and was the third town in the state to be named a Certified Arts Community. The Randolph County Community Arts Center provides a plethora of exhibits and classes throughout the year.
For more information about Randolph County, anyone interested can visit the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.elkinswv.com or call 800-422-3304.