The community of Helvetia is known for preserving its Swiss-Appalachian culture year-round at monthly square dances and annual festivals like Fasnacht. A meal at the Hutte Restaurant is worth the long drive.
Many of our charming communities host unique annual events, such as the Maple Syrup Festival in Pickens. See our Event Calendar for a complete list.
Much of Randolph County and the surrounding area are part of the Monongahela National Forest which contains almost a million acres available for hiking, camping, fishing, and more. Popular spots near Elkins are Bickle Knob Observation Tower which offers an amazing panoramic view of the mountains, and the many hiking trails of Otter Creek Wilderness. One of the most popular spots for hikers and photographers in the Mon Forest is Dolly Sods Wilderness.
South of Elkins is Kumbrabow State Forest. Kumbrabow features cabins for rent, several hiking trails, and the picturesque Mill Creek Falls. The closest State Park is Audra State Park near Belington which sits along the Middle Fork River.
Other attractions within a 1 hour drive:
The Green Bank Observatory, home to one of the world’s largest radio telescopes, hosts tours and educational events.
The small towns of Davis and Thomas in Tucker County are a hot-spot for art galleries, music, and crafts. Nearby is Blackwater Falls, the most photographed waterfall in the state. The town of Parsons hosts a large bluegrass festival every year.
West of Elkins lies the town of Weston, where you can tour the one-of-a-kind Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Once a thriving glassware manufacturer, Weston is now home to the Museum of American Glass, and artisans like Appalachian Glass.