Durbin West Virginia
“Headwaters of the Greenbrier River”

Town of Durbin WV

The town of Durbin is located in the northern region of Pocahontas County, West Virginia on the Greenbrier River. Durbin has a small population and is an old quaint railroad town. Take a ride on the scenic Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad steam engine called the Durbin Rocket. Travel along the Greenbrier River on this picturesque experience, or ride the Cheat Mountain Salamander that travels between Elkins and the High Falls of the Cheat River. If hiking or biking is your adventure; try the West Fork Rail Trail or the Allegheny Trail; both which start and are accessible from Durbin. A unique tour is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. From Durbin it’s a short drive to Snowshoe Mountain Resort skiing, championship golf, the Cass Scenic Railroad, nature walks in the Gaudineer Scenic Area, and exciting fly fishing in West Virginia. Durbin West Virginia is a great base for rail fans, bird watchers, and photographers surrounded with the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains.

History of Durbin WV

Durbin, West Virginia grew up in the late 1700s in the densely forested Allegheny mountains of then western Virginia. The need to move timber out of the mountains and workers into the area motivated the construction of the railroad. The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) brought the first passengers to Durbin in 1902. The next year, the Western Maryland reached south from Elkins, making Durbin a railroad junction for freight and passengers.

  • Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
  • Cass Scenic Railroad
  • West Fork Trail
  • The National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Snowshoe Mountain Resort

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