Huntington (West Virginia)

Huntington is the second-largest city in West Virginia and the self-proclaimed "Weenie Capital of the East." Situated along the banks of the Ohio River, Huntington is home to Marshall University, a state-supported public university, and the world's largest root beer mug. In 2008, Huntington earned the dubious distinction of being named the "fattest and most unhealthy" city in the United States. . Nevertheless, Huntington is a walkable city that offers the intrepid traveler several unique cultural diversions, including an excellent music and restaurant scene.

Get in

By car

Huntington is just off I-64. Primary exits for downtown are 8 (5th St. Rd.) and 11 (Hal Greer Blvd.). U.S. Route 60 and U.S. Route 52 also run through town.

By plane

Huntington/Tri-State (IATA: HTS), 1449 Airport Rd., +1 304 453-6165. . Downtown shuttle service is available to The Pullman Plaza Hotel and the Holiday Inn Hotel. The next closest airport is in Charleston, about an hour east in I-64. American Airlines has nonstop service to Charlotte. Allegiant Air has nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, Orlando-Sanford, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

By train

Huntington is served by Amtrak's Cardinal Line. Trains to and from New York City and Chicago arrive and depart on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. The station is located at 1050 8th Ave.

By bus

Get around

Despite its reputation as America's unhealthiest city, downtown Huntington is surprisingly walkable; both bus and train stations are downtown, along with two hotels and several services and attractions.

Motorists should understand that Huntington is bisected by railroad tracks. To go north-south or south-north, drivers must use underpasses or bridges. These are located at 1st, 8th, 10th, 16th, 20th, 29th, and 31st. Sts. Additionally, U.S. Route 60 splits into two east-to-west one-way streets (3rd and 5th Ave.)

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Taxi

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Walk

See

Museums

Parks and Gardens

Do

Music

Local musicians perform all over town several nights a week, though as of now there's no central database of shows. There are some regular performances.

Annual Events and Fairs

Huntington is home to numerous unique events and fairs held throughout the year.

Name Location Date Comments
St. George Greek Festival St. George Greek Orthodox Church 701 11th Ave. Huntington, WV 25701 September 24–26, 2010 A festival with Greek food, music, and dancing.
Chilifest Downtown district – 4th Avenue and Plaza September 15–17 State championship is held every year, with chili cooks coming from West Virginia and other states to compete for a berth in the national competition.
Tsubasacon Big Sandy Superstore Arena first full weekend in October; 2011 dates are October 7–9 An anime convention featuring guests, a game room, a vendor room, panels, and special events.
Guyandotte Civil War Days Guyandotte, WV Early-November This festival features arts and crafts, food, and entertainment.
Guyandotte Heritage Days November This historic-themed festival features reenactment of the Confederate raid and the Union reprisal. It features period music, museums, 'living histories', and craft displays.
Hilltop Festival Huntington Museum of Art 2nd weekend in September This event offers entertainment, children's activities, a petting zoo, book fair, arts and crafts, and concessions.
X-Fest Harris Riverfront Park Within the first 3 weeks of September Rock/alternative music concert that allows local bands to play with bigger bands.
Huntington Music & Arts Festival Ritter Park Amphitheater Last Saturday in August Festival centered around local and regional music and visual artists
Huntington Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival Big Sandy Superstore Arena April This features the demonstration and sale of traditional arts and crafts plus specialty ethnic foods.
Jazz-MU-Tazz Marshall University June A summer jazz festival, it is a weekend of music that features jazz cabarets, outdoor concerts, and numerous activities.
Lions Tri-State Arts & Crafts Festival Big Sandy Superstore Arena 1st weekend in December An old-fashioned arts and crafts fair that includes over 200 exhibitors featuring a variety of arts and crafts and homemade foods and sweets.
Old Central City Days Central City district in West Huntington 3rd weekend in June This event offers numerous entertainment and shopping options in addition to the existing stock of storefronts, historic tours, and various food vendors at the new farmers market "depot."
Pilot Club of Huntington's Antique Show and Sale Big Sandy Superstore Arena Last complete weekend in September. An antique show and sale that features more than 40 dealers representing more than 10 states and West Virginia.
Ritter Park Days Ritter Park Weekends in July and August. Features children-based activities and programs.
West Virginia Day Celebration Downtown district – 9th Street Plaza June 20 This features live entertainment, jugglers, food, crafts, and more.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration Downtown Huntington March 14 This features live entertainment by musical and dance groups appropriate for St. Patrick's Day.
West Virginia Hot Dog Festival Pullman Square district – 3rd Avenue, downtown Huntington Last Saturday in July The WV Hot Dog Festival celebrates the unique hot dog variations of local/regional hot dogs

Learn

Buy

Milton

Eat

Huntington's food scene has improved significantly, with local chef-entrepreneurs opening several highly-rated restaurants. That said, hot dogs remain perennially popular.

Budget

Mid-Range

Upscale

Drink

As a college town, Huntington has more than its share of bars and pubs, but this list only includes the more reputable establishments. As of 2010, all drinking establishments are smoke-free, though many offer outdoor areas for smokers. Most of the bars are located along 4th Ave.

Sleep

Stay safe

Huntington has a moderate crime level, so general street smarts are advised. Dance club shootings are not uncommon, so avoid confrontations in those places. Harris Riverfront Park and Rotary Park should be avoided at night, unless you're with a large group.

Many homeless people can be found in Huntington and will often beg or panhandle. A common scam is a man asking for money for gas, with his family stuck at the station. Simply say no, even if they're persistent, they'll eventually leave you alone. Incidents of homeless people becoming aggressive or robbing people are rare.

Go next

Routes through Huntington

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Cincinnati Portsmouth  W  S  Williamson Bluefield
Lexington Catlettsburg  W  E  Hurricane Charleston


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