Elkins is home to Davis & Elkins College, which was founded in 1904.
This city offers a wealth of outdoor recreation with easy access to spelunking, hiking, birding, fishing, hunting and whitewater rafting, and is known as the “gateway” to the Monongahela National Forest.
Its downtown offers many unique shops, dining and arts and theater. Catch a show at the Old Brick Playhouse or the Boiler House Theatre on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Railroading enthusiasts will enjoy a ride on the New Tygart Flyer and then a show at the nearby American Mountain Theater. Those interested in Appalachian heritage and traditions, should visit the Augusta Heritage Center for workshops on bluegrass music, blacksmithing, stained-glass window making and Celtic music.
- Thousands attend the Augusta Heritage Festival each year. Typically set in July and August, this event attracts visitors to Davis & Elkins College for a celebration of traditional dance, crafts and music. www.augustaheritage.com
- Scheduled in late September through early October, the annual Mountain State Forest Festival offers more than 100 events such as a classic rock show, country music show, talent show, parade, Irish road bowling, lumberjack contest and live entertainment. www.forestfestival.com
Named one of in the top 100 best small towns and best arts towns in America, Elkins offers a quiet and safe community at the center of West Virginia’s Mountain Highlands. It offers an active economic development authority, chamber of commerce and business organization.
Major employers include the Randolph County school system, Elkins & Davis College, National Park Service, Aegis Communications Group and Davis Health System.