Traveling in West Virginia

There are some important things to consider while traveling in our state. The most obvious feature of West Virginia is the Appalachian Mountains which cover almost 100% of the land area. It's a good idea to make sure your vehicle has been properly maintained and to keep your eyes open for wildlife while driving!


Getting Around


You may be traveling to West Virginia by private vehicle or by Amtrak, Greyhound or commercial airline. Special accommodations can make your trip more enjoyable. If you require assistance or need information on any of these commercial transportation systems, please call them in advance. A list of airports and stations for Amtrak and Greyhound can be found in the Resources section of this Guide.


In addition, many of West Virginia's transportation providers are available to help you get around in town or around the state. Information about these providers also can be found in the Resources section.


West Virginia Courtesy Patrol (WVCP)


The WVCP operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to serve the traveling public.  Twenty-five well-marked FORD F-150's patrol eight interstates and five corridors in twenty-nine counties throughout the state. The WVCP assists stranded motorists, removes hazards from the roadway thereby reducing the chance of secondary accidents, provides gas or directions, changes a flat tire and, in general, works to enhance the safety of our state's highways. This is the only Courtesy Patrol Program in the nation to operate statewide and around the clock.


Trip Tips


In general, there are suggestions for successful travel everyone should follow.


  • Check that you have the proper amount of medication for the number of days your trip will last.
  • Make sure mobility aides and/or sensory aids are in working order and, if the aides are battery powered, that you have extra batteries.
  • Always remember to take your insurance provider(s) information and emergency contact(s) information with you on your trip.




211 is an information and referral resource available free of charge to both residents and visitors to West Virginia. If your trip is interrupted due to a medical or personal emergency, you can dial 211 free from any telephone to speak with someone about what services might be available to help. 211 does not provide tourism information - it is intended only to help you identify social services and other resources.


Travel Information


Maps of West Virginia can be obtained through local Convention and Visitors Bureaus, at Visitor and Welcome Centers across the state, or by calling the West Virginia Division of Tourism at 1-800-CALLWVA (1-800-225-5982).