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.
2023 Schedule - Summers County Commission Meetings
May 10, 2023 - AGENDA - Summers County Commission Meeting
April 28, 2023 - Special Session - Summers County Commission Meeting
April 17, 2023 - Agenda - Summers County Solid Waste Authority
April 12, 2023 - AGENDA - Summers County Commission Meeting
March 15, 2023 - Summers County Commission - Budget Workshops Schedule (FY 2023-2024)
March 20, 2023 - Agenda - Summers County Fire Board
March 8, 2023 - AGENDA - Summers County Commission Meeting
February 9, 2023 - AGENDA - Summers County Commission Meeting
February 1-21, 2023 - Schedule - Board of Equalization
2023 Courthouse Holiday Schedule
January 11, 2023 - AGENDA - Summers County Commission Meeting
January 12, 2023 - Agenda - Solid Waste Authority Meeting
January 9, 2023 - Agenda - Solid Waste Authority Meeting
December 27, 2022 - Building Commission Annual Meeting
December 27, 2022 - Special Session - Summers County Commission Meeting
2022 Agendas - Summers County Commission Meetings
Appalachian Regional Commission - Broadband Project Press Release 2022
Call-in Instructions for County Commission Meetings
April 19, 2022 - Special Session (Levy Rates) - Summers County Commission
2021 AGENDAS - Summers County Commission Meetings
Request for Qualifications for Broadband Engineering Services - Request for Proposals for Legal Services
July 1, 2021 - Notice of New Recording Fee Schedule for County Clerk's Office
June 18, 2021 - Governor's Proclamation
2020 AGENDAS - Summers County Commission Meetings
Summers County Records (On-Line Access)
Felon Voting Rights in West Virginia
Governor's Executive Order 77-20 - Face Covering Amendment
Press Release - Expanding Public Access to the Summers County Courthouse
Administrative Order - Supreme Court of Appeals - Judicial Emergency Declared
April 1, 2020 - Governor's Executive Order No. 18-20
March 23, 2020 - Declaration of a Local State of Emergency
March 20, 2020 - Governor's Executive Order No. 5-20
March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Press Release
March 17, 2020 - Press Release - COVID-19
Courthouse Facility Protocol Regarding COVID-19
2019 Agendas - Summers County Commission Meetings
Summers County Commission - Comprehensive Plan (Pages 1 - 77)
Summers County Commission - Comprehensive Plan (Pages 78 - 120)