The Elkins Depot Welcome Center is located at 315 Railroad Avenue in the Western Maryland Railroad Depot. Built in 1908 by the Western Maryland Railway Company, this depot is a two-story brick Romanesque Revival style train station, with a broad hip roof, large overhangs, and timber brackets. The Depot played a pivotal role in Elkins as a hub for booming coal and lumber industries.
Today, this historic railroad depot is home to the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. It is also the future southern trail head for the Allegheny Highlands Trail.
Elkins Depot Welcome Center
Make the Welcome Center your first stop upon arriving in Elkins. It’s here that the helpful staff and volunteers will assist you in making the most of your visit, providing information on attractions, lodging, dining, events and more. We offer brochures, maps, literature and best of all, knowledge of Elkins, Randolph County and even the state. Since opening in 2006, the Center has greeted over 450,000 visitors. While you’re here, enjoy our exhibit, “The Town That Industry Built,” which shows many images of the early days of Elkins and its railroad history”. In 2018, as a part of our important role in Randolph County, the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau was established. In 2019, as a recognition of our excellence in the tourism industry, we became an accredited CVB through the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. The primary purpose of WVACVB is to enhance the professionalism, effectiveness, and image of CVBs throughout West Virginia thereby increasing each CVB’s ability to more successfully market their destination. WVACVB and its members, working with the West Virginia Division of Tourism and thousands of tourism businesses, have significant postive impact on tourism in the State of West Virginia.
Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
“Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of four unique trains! From April to December, the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive with the welcoming wail of whistles from beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives that depart both the Elkins and Durbin depots.
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers five Mountain Rail Adventures, each with its own unique journey, into some of the best scenery this side of the Rockies! Our unique collection of trains roll through a potpourri of West Virginia mountain wilderness areas! Choose to chug alongside a clean, mountain river, and take in the sights of rolling meadows of wildflowers and the sounds of a genuine steam locomotive. Or, climb to over 4,000 feet in elevation in a powerful diesel, burrow under the mighty Cheat Mountain (via an 1,800 foot tunnel featuring an “S” curve of the track inside), and negotiate the two sharpest mainline railroad curves in the U.S.!”
“New for 2015! The Cass Scenic Railroad joins the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Mountain Rail Adventures roster to provide NEW schedules and services to make this coming rail and travel season even more exciting!
The new “Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package” offers a combined ride on two trains with one ticket – the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, with overnight package options in Elkins or Cass.”
Allegheny Highlands Trail
The Highlands Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating recreational and alternate transportation opportunity through development of a regional trail system in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The Allegheny Highlands Trail from Elkins to Thomas is the backbone of this system.