There is one rule in Preston County, West Virginia: Roam Free! The Appalachian views are inspiring, wildlife is abundant, and there is enough outdoor adventure to wear out the kid in you.

Countless customs and traditions passed down over generations are a vibrant part of daily life here, from mountain music to gifted artisans. The annual harvest has inspired the Buckwheat Festival for more than 75 years. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind Arthurdale, a New Deal community that became known as “Eleanor’s Little Village.” And the “free state of Preston” hosts a 13-mile section of Cheat River that presents over 30 rapids rated Class III to Class V surrounded by a spectacular wilderness canyon.

Between the mountains lie spectacular valleys with small towns full of friendly locals, eager to share their stories and learn about yours.

Celebrating 200 Years of Preston County

Stop by the visitor center to purchase commemorative coins celebrating the Preston County bicentennial.

Preston County Bicentennial Coins


Preston County’s home style eateries and diners make the area a prime place for visitors to stop for a heartfelt helping of anything from steak and potatoes to buckwheat cakes and sausage


Preston County combines scenery with luxury by providing not only hotels but a bed and breakfast, cabins with hot tubs and a full kitchen as well as camping areas for those outdoor enthusiasts.


Preston County’s unique shops provide a place for visitors to purchase locally made or locally grown items. Artisans in the area take pride in making their items available for other’s enjoyment.


Preston County is a place where picturesque scenery is abundant and visitors can delve into the beauty at state parks, a zoo, historical sites and more.

25 Free Things to do
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