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November 2019


Welcome to the Summers County

Summers County (2014 population—13,417) is located in the southeastern region of West Virginia, scenically placed between the beautiful Greenbrier and New River Valleys.  The City of Hinton (2013 population—2,588) serves as the county seat and is the sole municipality within Summers County.  The railroad boom of the early 20th century helped to build Hinton and Summers County.  However, the county’s current economy is based primarily on tourism thanks to the Bluestone Dam and Lake along with the Bluestone, Greenbrier, and New Rivers which converge in Hinton.  Further, the New River Gorge National River begins at Hinton and flows northward into neighboring Fayette County.

Summers County is also home to Bluestone State Park, Pipestem Resort, and a number of other facilities that provide lodging, camping, and a variety of recreational activities.  The Hinton Railroad Museum, the Graham House, the Campbell Flanagan Murrell House, and other museums provide glimpses into the county’s history.  The architecture of buildings in Hinton’s nationally-registered historic district is of interest to many.  A solid core of retail stores and professional service providers meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.

Residents of Summers County enjoy a wonderful small town, laid back quality of life.  Service clubs such as the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Ruritans support a number of community initiatives, school programs, and special events.  The Summers County Library supports the county school system and provides visitors with Internet access and other services.  Several denominations of churches meet the Summers County community’s spiritual needs.

Summers County is served east-west by Interstate 64 and by north and south connections to Interstate 77.  The New River Parkway, when completed, will improve access to Sandstone Falls by upgrading River Road from I-64 near Exit 139 Sandstone into Hinton.  West Virginia Routes 3, 12, 19, 20, and 107 are the primary highways within the county.  Amtrak also provides an important transportation link to Summers County with its Cardinal line from New York to Washington DC to Chicago.  Stops are made three times per week to pick up and disembark passengers at Hinton’s historic Rail Depot.

The Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital provides a fully-staffed emergency room and a variety of medical services.  Summers County Emergency Services provides ambulance service.  Law enforcement is provided by the Summers County Sheriff’s Department, a detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the City of Hinton’s Police Department and park rangers with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.  Similarly, the City of Hinton has a new fully-manned and equipped fire station complemented by six other volunteer fire departments throughout the county.

Summers County’s elected officials and its employees are dedicated to making the county the best possible place to live, work, and visit that it can be.  We are also committed to providing the best public services possible.  We welcome any suggestions you may have for improving this website.

Local Government Announcements

November 13, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

October 9, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

September 30, 2019 - Summers County Planning Commission Meeting

September 11, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

2020 Census Takers Flyer

September 11, 2019 - CDBG Broadband Special Meeting - Summers County Commission

August 14, 2019 - Agenda - Summers Commission Meeting

July 10, 2019 -Agenda - Summers Commission Meeting

June 12, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

May 8, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

April 16, 2019 - Notice of Special Meeting - Summers County Commission

April 24, 2019 - Agenda - Planning Commission Meeting

April 10, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

Notice of Special Sessions - Budget Workshops - Summers County Commission

March 13, 2019 - Amended Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

February 27, 2019 - Agenda - Planning Commission Meeting

Notice of Special Session - February 15, 2019 - Summers County Commission

February 13, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

2019 Schedule for Summers County Commission Meetings & Courthouse Closings

January 9, 2019 - Agenda - Summers County Commission Meeting

January 3, 2019 Summers Co Building Commission Annual Meeting

Summers County Commission - Comprehensive Plan (Pages 1 - 77)

Summers County Commission - Comprehensive Plan (Pages 78 - 120)

Appalachia Service Project - Home Repair 

Notice - Jumping Branch-Nimitz PSD


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