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Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike National Scenic Byway
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NameStaunton-Parkersburg Turnpike National Scenic Byway
Address4 Court Street
Beverly, WV 26253
Brief DescriptionHistoric road from the Shenandoah Valley to the Ohio River.
TypeAttraction
CategoryExcursion
DescriptionThe Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike is a historic highway from Virginia’s upper Shenandoah Valley to the Ohio River. Begun in 1838 and completed by 1850, it was designed by master engineer Claudius Crozet. The turnpike was prized by both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War as essential for control of western Virginia.

The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance was formed in 1994 to protect and promote historic sites along the turnpike. The West Virginia portion is designated a National Scenic Byway and a West Virginia Byway.

Today, much of the route follows modern highways. Other portions are still-intact back roads, offering excellent opportunities for visitors to experience the turnpike much as it was 150 years ago. Beginning in Staunton, Virginia, the turnpike follows US 250 through Augusta and Highland Counties. Crossing into West Virginia, it passes through Pocahontas and Randolph Counties in the high Allegheny Mountains of central Appalachia. It continues westward along valleys and ridges on old US 33 into Upshur and Lewis Counties, then WV 47 through Gilmer, Ritchie, Wirt, and Wood Counties.

Learn more by visiting the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike exhibit at the Beverly Heritage Center in Beverly, West Virginia.
Phone 1(304) 637-7424
Emailinfo@spturnpike.org
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time AllowanceAt least two days
Websitewww.spturnpike.org
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Last Updated7/18/2014
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