The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad makes its home in Elkins, WV. The railroad runs excursion trains that take visitors into the mountains on historic passenger trains. The D&GVR shares the Elkins Depot with the Welcome Center.
The Allegheny Highlands Trail starts at the depot and goes from Elkins to Thomas. Bike, hike, horse-back ride and cross-country ski the 26-mile trail. Enjoy live music and shows at the Rotary Amphitheater, located behind the depot. Located in the Elkins Town Square, the Welcome Center is only steps away from downtown shopping and dining.
Just down the road from the depot is the Darden Mill. Built in 1902 for the Elkins Milling Company, this recently renovated building now houses the West Virginia Railroad Museum and the Appalachian Forest Discovery Center. The Darden Mill is open May-October, Thursday-Sunday from 10am-4pm. Visit the railroad museum and learn about the important role railroads played in West Virginia history. At the Discovery Center learn about the history, culture, forestry, and nature of Appalachia and how important it is to preserve these aspects of the region.
Davis & Elkins College was founded in 1904 and has a beautiful campus to visit that is adjacent to Elkin’s downtown. The summer mansions of the city’s founders, Senators Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, are located on the campus. Graceland is now an inn and Hallihurst is an administrative building, both are open to the public.
The Stirrup Gallery is also located on the Davis & Elkins’ campus. It houses the Darby Collection, which contains a wide range of over 10,000 artifacts. There are also collections pertaining to President Lincoln, Senator Davis, and others.
Catch a show at the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre, the only musical dinner theatre in the state or check the calendar for venues with live entertainment. Try a local craft beer from Big Timber Brewing or a hot beverage from one of our locally owned coffee shops.
For a Self-Guided Walking Tour of downtown Elkins visit us at the Welcome Center and pick up the brochure. As you walk downtown you can read about the history behind each shop that you visit.