Maps & Directions (Getting Here)
Don’t always trust your GPS…
Half the beauty of Pocahontas County, WV is getting here. No matter which route you take, there’s breathtaking mountain vistas awaiting around every bend and our two lane roads that will bring you in are peppered with quaint mountain towns.
While the beauty of the trip in will leave you speechless, be sure you properly prepare with pre-downloaded directions, or best and suggested routes, or it could end up being more stressful than stunning…
Most visitors assume this lack of connectivity when it comes to GPS and cell phone service is because of Pocahontas County’s rural and remote location – but, actually the explanation goes much deeper than that.
See, here in Nature’s Mountain Playground, you’ll notice the stars shine brighter, the air is clearer, you can hear the birds chirp and the water that flows through the veins of our county run clear and pristine – on any given day, you’ll probably even pass a few strangers who will smile and say “Hello,” as they pass by.
You can chalk it all up to residing in the National Radio Quiet Zone, where 13,000 square miles are protected from of electromagnetic interference – meaning limited WiFi or cell phone service. Encompassing most of our county, towns such as Green Bank, Cass, Durbin and even Snowshoe Mountain Resort, fall within the National Radio Quiet Zone.
So while it’s awesome to disconnect, we understand you still have families back home and careers that need checking into from time to time – so, that is why our amazing business and lodging partners work diligently to provide access to WiFi or Internet service. Even our countywide visitor centers and most libraries offer WiFi or Internet services, and both Cass and Snowshoe Mountain Resort offer wireless Internet throughout the town.
If you’re traveling in from Route 219 South, you will have cell phone service in Lewisburg and surrounding towns, and you will carry it for quite sometime until just before you cross the county line. AT&T customers will have cell service in and out along Route 219 in and around Hillsboro and Marlinton.
We have knowledgeable staff who will be more than happy to give you specific driving directions to the area and suggested routes, as well as information on places to access WiFi, cell or Internet service. Just call us at 304-799-4636.
Locations Where WiFi and/or Cell Phone Service Can Be Accessed:
Cranberry Mountain Nature Center: Intersection of Route 39/55 & WV-150, Hillsboro, West Virginia 24946
Marlinton Visitors Center: 301 8th Street, Marlinton, West Virginia 24954
Snowshoe Mountain Resort Visitor Center: Center of Village, 10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Visitor Center: Historic Post Office building, 12363 Cass Road, Cass, West Virginia 24927
Durbin Visitors Center: Along Main Street, in the Pocahontas Art Co-op, Durbin, West Virginia, 26264
WiFi can be accessed at any of the Pocahontas County Libraries & Visitors Centers:
McClintic Library: 500 8th Street, Marlinton, West Virginia 24954
Hillsboro Public Library: 54 3rd Street, Hillsboro, West Virginia 24946
Linwood Community Library: 72 Snowshoe Drive, Slatyfork, West Virginia 26291
Green Bank Public Library: 5683 Potomac Highlands Trail, Green Bank, West Virginia 24944 (computers available; wifi not available)
Durbin Community Library: 4715 Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike, Durbin, West Virginia 26264
You can access WiFI in both the Snowshoe Mountain Resort Village and in the town of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
From the South: via I-77 and I-64, take Lewisburg, Route 219 North or White Sulphur Springs, Route 60, Route 92 North From the North: via I-79, take the Weston, Route 33 exit, and proceed East to Elkins and then South on Route 219 From the East: via I-81, take Route 55, Route 33, Route 250 or Route 39 into West VirginiaFrom the West: via I-64, continue East on West Virginia Turnpike and I-64. Take Lewisburg, Route 219, or White Sulphur Springs, Route 60/Route 92 North. Via I-64 Beckley, travel North on Route 19, then East on Route 39/Route 55 via Richwood.
Access by Air:
Greenbrier Valley Airport is located in Lewisburg, approximately one hour south of Marlinton. Commercial service is available via Delta and US Airways Express. Larger airports serving the region are located in Roanoke, Virginia and Charleston, West Virginia. Roanoke is approximately 2.5 hours driving time from Pocahontas County; Charleston is approximately three hours away. Car Rentals:Hertz Car Rental is located at the Greenbrier Valley Airport: (304)647-5170Enterprise Rent-A-Car is located on North Jefferson Street, just South of the Greenbrier Valley Airport: (304)520-3115
Access by Rail:
Amtrak passenger service on the Cardinal is available to White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County (approximately one hour south of Pocahontas County). Trains operate on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.