Celebrating Diversity

If the Elkins Depot Welcome Center’s walls could talk, they would have a lot to share!

Since opening its doors in 2006, the Welcome Center has been supported by its dedicated volunteers, all active members of the Elkins’ community. These volunteers have shaped the Center since its early days, proving they are the best source of knowledge on all things West Virginia, and are more valuable than any informational brochure. In the past year alone, volunteers have contributed over 1,000 hours to the operation of the Center and continue to be its driving force.

The volunteers have welcomed over 318,000 visitors during the past ten years. So far in 2016, visitors have travelled from 48 different states and 26 different countries to visit the Elkins community. This cultural and geographic diversity inspires the Welcome Center to continue its vital interactions with visitors. One can easily see why travelers from all over are attracted to Elkins: Unique performance and visual arts, a rich heritage and history, and picturesque state parks and national forests.


Over the years, the Welcome Center has taken on many new projects including the Ramps and Rails Festival and Rampage 5K, which will take place on April 29, 2017. The Center’s involvement with the community is significant, as it assists visitors during some of the city’s major events, such as the Mountain State Forest Festival and The Polar Express.

The Elkins Depot Welcome Center anticipates being an informative hub for locals and visitors alike for years to come. We would love for you to stop by!