Potomac Highlands of West Virginia

Potomac Highlands of West Virginia

The Potomac Highlands of West Virginia are the root of the Eastern Panhandle, bordering Maryland and Virginia. They comprise the following counties:


Because of geographical proximity and shared culture and history, the Potomac Highlands region is extended to include Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties, even though they are not within the Potomac River watershed.

County information

Largest cities

Potomac Highlands trivia

*The Potomac Highlands includes West Virginia's oldest town (1762) of Romney.
*The Potomac Highlands also includes West Virginia's oldest county: Hampshire (1753).
*West Virginia's highest elevation above sea level is located in the Potomac Highlands in Pendleton County: Spruce Knob, 4,863 feet (1,482 meters).
*Shortly after West Virginia gained statehood, Mineral and Grant counties were created from Hampshire and Hardy in 1866.


Smith, J. Lawrence, "The Potomac Naturalist: The Natural History of the Headwaters of the Historic Potomac" (1968), Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company; ISBN-10: 0870120239; ISBN-13: 978-0870120237

External links

* [http://potomacstewards.org/ Stewards of the Potomac Highlands]
* [http://www.wvtourism.com/spec.aspx?pgID=146 West Virginia Division of Tourism Potomac Highlands Website]

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