The Mineral County Travel Guide is here! 

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Let us help plan your next trip!

Ready to experience Mineral County for yourself? This guide is here to help! From restaurants, to breweries, to historical museums, outdoor recreation, and more, Mineral County has something for everyone! 

Guides are available at the Mineral County Tourism Visitors Center, located at 167 S. Mineral Street in Keyser. Guides can also be mailed directly to you, no matter the quantity! You may request guides by giving us a call at 304-790-7081 or by emailing us at

Want the guide directly on your cellphone or tablet? Click the link below to access this guide anywhere you are!

Mineral County Travel Guide

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2022 Barnum Whitewater Releases

Whitewater Release Dates:

April 9-10 & 23-24, May 7-8 & 21-22.


Artificial Varied Flow Dates:

August 27-28, September 17-18

The launching area is located in the Barnum Whitewater Area (BWA). Parking and restroom facilities are available at the launch site. There is a $2.00 per person fee for all individuals entering BWA on release dates.

Provide Class I, II, and III rapids in close succession and are comprised of waves and rollers up to six feet high. Trip length is seven miles.

Water flows will reach whitewater levels by 10:00 a.m.  Each release will be six hours in length, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Flow rates will vary from a minimum of 850 CFS to a maximum of 1000 CFS during a whitewater release.  All releases dependent on an adequate supply of water in Jennings Randolph Lake.

For more information visit: & hotel accommodations can be found under the "Stay" section.

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Mineral County Heritage Trail

September 30th- October 2nd

Join the Mineral County historical museums for a weekend of family-friendly fun! Ashby's Fort Museum, the Mineral County Historical Society Museum, Traveler's Rest, and Stewart's Tavern will be open for historical tours. Each site will be open at various times. Dates and times are listed below.

Ashby's Fort Museum

227 Dan's Run Road, Fort Ashby, WV 26719

Saturday 10/1: 10am-4pm
Sunday 10/2: 12pm-4pm

Mineral County Historical Society Museum
253 Carskadon Lane, Keyser, WV 26726
Saturday 10/1: 10am-4pm
Sunday 10/2: 12pm-4pm

Traveler's Rest
5772 Northwestern Turnpike, Burlington, WV 26710

Friday 9/30 to Sunday 10/2: 9am-4pm

Stewart's Tavern
Short Gap Road, Short Gap, WV 26753
Saturday 10/1 & Sunday 10/2: 10am-3pm


Welcome to the Mineral County Tourism website! We strive to promote all sectors of tourism. Our office is new, but we are excited to be growing. The Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia is privileged to be home of beautiful outdoor recreation and a rich history. Mineral County is home to all of these things, plus more! 

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless we are out on calls or attending other meetings. Please make sure to call ahead. If you have any questions or would like more information on anything you see here, please feel free to reach out!

We hope you plan a visit with us soon! The mountains are calling!

Ashley Rotruck

Executive Director

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Featured Destinations


Pictured top left: Barnum Whitewater Area of the North Branch of the Potomac River. Barnum offers up to Class 3 whitewater when the dam is released at Jennings Randolph Lake. Barnum is also home to some of the best trout fishing. Hiking and camping are offered as well!


Pictured top right: Jennings Randolph Lake. This manmade lake is the perfect place for boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and much more! Take the family and enjoy a weekend at the lake.


Pictured bottom right: Ashby's Fort Museum. This French & Indian Fort is located in Fort Ashby. Come tour the brand new Visitors Center and learn the history of the Fort. Once you're finished, make sure you tour the log building to see what life was like in the 1700's.

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