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Webster County Local Attractions
Photo by Tom Fletcher

Webster County was formed in 1860 from parts of Nicholas, Randolph and Braxton Counties. It was the last county in West Virginia to be created before the state's separation from Virginia. It was named in honor of Daniel Webster.

Camden on Gauley, Cowen and Webster Springs are the three incorporated municipalities in the county. The county seat is located at Webster Springs. The county is located near the center of the state and is situated in the Cumberland Plateau or western division of the Appalachian Province. The geography of Webster County consists of a series of ridges alternating with narrow stream valleys. The terrain is rugged and typified by extremes of elevation with a range of over 2,000 feet. Webster Springs sits at an elevation of 1,509 feet, Cowen at 2,224 feet, and Camden on Gauley at 2029 feet. Mountain peaks in the county rise to a height of nearly 4,100 feet. Webster County covers an area of 558.6 square miles or 357,504 acres.

[Photo by Tom Fletcher - Native Trout stream, rhododendron in bloom]

Lodging

Mineral Springs Motel - 23 Rooms with full size beds - One Spring Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-5305

Cabins at Jerry's Run - 824 Cleveland Road; Cleveland, WV; 304-493-6574

Holly River State Park has ten completely furnished standard cabins and an 88-unit campground located in Hacker Valley, WV; 304-493-6353

Sportsman's Inn - Fully furnished house for rent - 48 Duffy Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-5063

Camp Caesar - Cabins and tent camping available - Rt. 20; Cowen, WV; 304-226-3888

Maple Street Inn - Fully furnished house for rent - 112 Maple Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-5524

Violet's Cottage - Fully furnished house for rent by the night or week - 424 South Main Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-2475

Camp Driftwood - Hacker Valley - Accomdates up to seven people. Includes: TV w/satellite & VCR, fireplace, electric heat & A.C. Fully equipped kitchen. For reservations call 304-493-9412.


Restaurants

Custard Stand - 364 Webster Rd.; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-7774

Dave's Place - Webster Rd; Cowen, WV; 304-226-8672

Depot Dairy Bar - Erbacon Rd; Cowen, WV; 304-226-5050

Fox's Pizza Den - 6946 Webster Rd; Cowen, WV; 304-226-5039

G & R IGA - 109 Baker Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-2449

Hilltop Diner - Webster Rd.; Cowen, WV; 304-226-3800

Holly River State Park Restaurant - Hacker Valley, WV; 304-493-9436

Hotel Bottom Family Restaurant - 110 McGraw Ave.; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-5109

Main Street Cafe - 2111 Main Street; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-2360

Rella's Roadside Cafe - 3956 Hacker Valley Rd; Hacker Valley, WV; 304-493-6658

Subway - 200 Main St.; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-7306

Vickie's Food Palace - 213 Main St.; Webster Springs, WV; 304-847-2126


Recreation

Holly River State Park is the second largest park in West Virginia´s State Park system and provides cabins, camping facilities, nature trails, picnic and playground areas, a swimming pool, restaurant and facilities for individual and group sports. In addition, Left Fork of Holly River provides opportunities for trout fishing. Call 304-493-6353 or 800-CALL-WVA.

Northern Webster County Mountain Byway and Backway - Northern Webster County offers a wide range of interesting and unique historic, cultural, and scenic sites for visitors to enjoy. Throughout the year there are local activities including the Holly River Festival, Irish Road Bowling, Ramp Dinners and more. Call 304-493-6668 for more information.

Jerry Run Summer Theater offers live bluegrass and acoustic music in a rustic, indoor theater setting. Join us most Saturday evenings from late April to early October (and on an occasional Friday) to enjoy the lively strings, intricate harmonies, and excitement of live music. We have auditorium seating, great acoustics, a full concession stand, and indoor restrooms.

Mountain View Golf Course features nine holes of golf (par 70 for 18 holes) and three sets of tees to challenge and entertain even the most experienced player. The golf course features rolling fairways, major elevation changes, undulating greens and some of the most breathtaking mountain-top views you will ever see.

The Monongahela National Forest covers 909,000 acres including 65,700 acres in Webster County and offers tent and trailer camping facilities, breathtaking scenery, miles of biking and hiking trails, trout fishing and whitewater adventures. Call 304-636-1800.

Camp Caesar 4-H Camp provides indoor group camping and dining facilities, a swimming pool, lake fishing, outdoor sports and a site for the County Fair and host a variety of activities.

Baker's Island Recreation Area offers a horse riding rink, ball field, basketball and tennis courts, picnic pavilion, grandstand and swimming pool and is host to the annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival as well as other events.

Big Ditch Wildlife Management Area, located one-half mile from Cowen on Route 82 and 15 miles southwest of Webster Springs, has 388 acres with the 55-acre Big Ditch Lake for fishing, boating and picnicking opportunities as well as a walking/jogging trail around the lake.


Fairs & Festivals

Cowen Historical Railroad Festival - offers pageants, live entertainment, parades, a firemen´s rodeo, a talent show, square dancing, and contests for children and adults. The Festival is held the last full week of July annually at the Senior League Ball Field in Cowen. For more information call Rita Green at 304 226-3602 or by mail at 3212 Williams River Rd; Cowen, WV 26206.

Holly River Festival - This is a family oriented event that includes local arts & crafts, old-time cakewalks, one-room school games, music & gospel singing, a talent show and contests including hog calling and pie eating. Special music and gospel singing are also part of the event. The Festival takes place Labor Day weekend on the grounds of Holly River State Park. For more information contact Randall McCartney at 304-493-9447 or Kevin Miller at 304-493-6369.

International Burgoo Cook-off - includes a "Burgoo" stew cook-off, apple pie contest, live music, arts and crafts, kids contests and a kids´ pot of "Burgoo." The Cook-off is held the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend each year at the Baker´s Island Recreation Area in Webster Springs. For more information contact Merle Moore at 304-847-7291.

Webster County Fair - This annual fair offers carnival rides, concerts, pageants, 4-H exhibits, farm exhibits, a flower show, arts and crafts exhibits, and antiques. The Fair takes place Labor Day week each year at the beautiful Camp Caesar 4-H Camp along route 20 between Cowen and Webster Springs. For more information call Tom Clark at 304-226-3888.

Webster County Nature Tour - offers spring nature hikes, nature programs, campfires, entertainment, and good food. The Tour is held at Camp Caesar 4-H Camp on route 20 in Webster County and takes place the first weekend in May. For information call Stella Riffle at 304-847-2735.

Webster County Woodchopping Festival - Champion woodchoppers from all over the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand compete in various woodchoping and sawing events each Memorial weekend at Baker´s Island Recreation Area. Arts and crafts, concerts, parades, car shows, a lumberjack breakfast, a 5K Run and fireworks are also included. For more information contact Tom Clark at 304-847-7666.

Webster Wildwater Weekend - river race that includes kayaks, canoes, and inflatables. Cash prizes and trophies are given out. Arts and crafts, live music, refreshments and fun floats are also part of the festivities. Wildwater Weekend is held the first weekend in April each year at the Baker´s Island Recreation Area in Webster Springs. For more information call Mike Surbaugh 304 847-5449 or Jim Casey 304 847-7653 or email at msurbaug@access.k12.wv.us.

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