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Being Home in Buckhannon

Buckhannon Entrance

Buckhannon was named after the river, which might have been named after John Buchannon, a 1780s missionary. Others contend that the river was named after Buckongahelas, a Lenape Chief and ally of the British during the Revolutionary War. No matter its namesake, Buckhannon was considered a finalist in consideration to become our state's capital in 1866, but legislators agreed that the size of the river was not big enough for intensive commerce. Today, Buckhannon is big enough to sustain a collection of locally-owned places and host annual festivals, small enough to feel intimate, and wild enough to feel nestled in the mountains. See if Buckhannon has enough of what you need at these places:


  • CJ Maggie's on Main St

  • The Donut Shop - Donuts and pepperoni rolls that I buy every time I am in town.

donut shop

  • Mama Roma - comfort Italian food

  • Miss Piggies BBQ 

  • The Social Bar and Grilled Cheese 

  • Dough Re Mi bakery - delicious! and within walking distance from Buckhannon1


dough re mi

  • Mexican restaurants: Don Paco and Las Trancas


  • Farmers Market at Jawbone Park on Madison St in Buckhannon - June-Oct, Wednesdays from 8am-1pm, Fridays from 4pm-8pm, Sundays from 1pm-4pm
  • Farmers Market at 315 Railroad Ave in Elkins - May-Oct, Saturdays from 8am-12pm 

  • Festival Fridays at Jawbone Park - June-August - art, treats, free music - What kind of treats are we talking here?

  • 1-hour drive, we have Thomas, WV and Davis, WV - inspiring art galleries, breweries, eateries, and incredible outdoors nearby, including Blackwater Falls State Park. I'm telling you, the art is world-class, and the swimming holes and diversity of hiking trails really stand-out.

Thomas, WV

  • Strawberry Festival mid-May

  • Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins late-Sept - early-Oct

  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - 20-minutes away in Weston, WV for ghost tours - April - mid-November

  • Stone Tower Brews - coffee, food, beer

  • Goodwill - Thrift Store - For whatever reason, this one store has really great selections. 



  • Within 1- to 1.5-hour drive, you can visit exceptionally wonderful places, such as Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, Cranberry Glades

  • Float on the Buckhannon River to the Middle Fork River

trail buckhannon

  • Audra State Park - 22-minutes northeast of town - West Virginia beauty in form of trails, rocks, and water.

  • Hiking Trails directly behind St Joseph's Hospital - open space preserve has several miles worth of trails.

Buckhannon trails

st joes trails

Please email Gerardo.Patron@hsc.wvu.edu with feedback on your adventures in Buckhannon! 

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