Elakala Waterfalls in the Blackwater Falls State Park

Elkins is a city of 7,032 people (as of 2000) in Randolph County, West Virginia. It was incorporated in 1890, and named for Stephen Benton Elkins, a US senator from 1891 to 1893 who came from West Virginia. Because of its size and convenient location, you'll likely want to use Elkins as a base to get to a variety of nearby sights and attractions: one hour East will bring you to the Monongahela National Forest, Canaan Valley, Timberline and the region's caverns; one hour North will bring you to Blackwater Falls State Park and the pretty mountain town of Thomas; and one hour South will bring you to Snowshoe Mountain.

Get in

Elkins lies at the intersection of three major roads: US-33, which goes through Buckhannon and Harrisonburg, Virginia; US-250, which goes through Grafton and Staunton, Virginia; and US-219, which goes through Somerset, Pennsylvania and Marlinton.

Get around

Elkins has no public transportation. You can get around town easily by foot or bike, but any real adventure would require a car.


  • Seneca Rocks, US-33 and WV-28, +1 304-567-2827. 900-foot-tall formations made of Tuscarora quartzite with over 375 mapped climbing routes and a self-guided interpretive trail with a viewing platform.
  • Spruce Knob, Forest Road, +1 304-567-2827. The highest point in West Virginia, at 4,861 feet. A stone and steel observation tower provides 360-degree views, and there's a half-mile trail circling the Knob. Fishing, hiking and an on-site campground with 43 sites.











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Routes through Elkins

Weston Buckhannon  W  E  Franklin Harrisonburg
Fairmont Grafton  N  S  Staunton Charlottesville

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