City life is exciting and all, but living in the country has its advantages too. Luckily for West Virginians, there are a number of tiny West Virginia towns where we can enjoy the slower pace of a rural area.
This Mercer County town is located on the Bluestone River. It had a population of 364 at the last census.
Union in Monroe County, with a population of 565 at the 2010 at the 2010 census, is a small but beautiful town. And if your interested in birds, check out the nearby Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory on Peters Mountain, where you can see hawks, eagles and falcons.
3. Green Bank
With a population of 143 at the 2010 census, Green Bank is sure to be a quiet town. But that’s not the only reason it’s quiet. It’s also home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. As such, its within the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law. That means no Wi-Fi, microwave ovens or even gasoline engines within a certain distance of the telescope. It’s becoming a popular place for people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity. As of 2013 reports indicate that as many as 36 people moved there for that reason.
Anstead in Fayette County is located on the Midland Trail, a National Scenic Byway. It had bout 1404 people as of 2010.
Dryfork is located along W.Va. 32 in beautiful Randolph and Tucker counties.
6. Paw Paw
Paw Paw in Morgan County has about 500 people and is named for West Virginia's wild fruit, the pawpaw.
This town in Tyler County along the Ohio River had around 1,400 people at the 2010 census. Its claim to fame is having oldest ferry in West Virginia, it has been in continuous operation since 1817.
Romney had 1,848 residents at the 2010 census. It has about .96 square miles of land and is the oldest city in the state.
9. Seneca Rocks
The community of Seneca Rocks, located on W.Va. 28/W.Va. 55 near the confluence of Seneca Creek and the North Fork South Branch Potomac River is a quiet town with some resorts and cabins and great views of the rock formation with which it shares a name. It’s perfect for anyone who likes to rock climb or be outside. Minimal light pollution also means it’s an ideal place to see the stars, too.
The small town of Davis has around 600 people, according to the 2010 census. It’s near the beautiful Blackwater State park, with its beautiful scenery and outdoor opportunities.
Have you ever been to these towns? What do you like about life in rural West Virginia?