Raleigh County, West Virginia
The mountains of Raleigh County, as we refer to them, of southern West Virginia, with an approximate population of 78,548, call out to your inner soul. Their rivers offer the best whitewater rafting east of the Colorado and scenic hiking, biking and rock climbing trails abound. Colorful history is abundant throughout the region and we invite you to experience the marvels of wild and wonderful southern West Virginia. Visit the historic coal mining towns of Thurmond and Hinton, formed in the heyday of the railroad. You can even find yourself deep under the earth touring a once operational coal mine and learning about life in a coal camp at the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley.