Marlinton was named after Jacob Marlin, one of its early settlers. The town is known as "the birthplace of rivers" because eight major rivers the Cheat, Cranberry, Elk, Greenbrier, Shaver's Fork, Williams, Tygart and the Gauley and its tributaries have their sources in the area. It also is a noted hunting area.
Marlinton marks an approximate halfway point along the scenic portion of Hwy 55, a scenic highway which run 86 miles. The town also lies midway along the 76 mile Greenbrier River Trail, a hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing trail that runs between North Caldwell and Cass.
Marlinton is located in Pocahontas County (of which it is the county seat) along Highway 39.
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West Virginia Strawberry Festival Buckhannon WV May15-19 The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone.
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Harrisonburg VA June9-16 The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people.
Mountainfest Morgantown WV July24-28
Appalachian Festival Beckley WV August23-25 The 17th Annual Appalachian Festival is three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun!
Golden Delicious Festival Clay WV August30-September1 The Golden Delicious is the State Fruit of West Virginia. Clay County is the birthplace of the golden delicious. Antique Car Show, Art Auction Baking Contest,
5K Run/Walk, Golf Tournament.