Oak Hill is the largest town in Fayette County with a population of more than 7,500. It received its name from the location of the community's first post office, which stood under a white oak tree at a nearby hill.
Within city limits, the White Oak Rail Trail opened in 2008. This 7.5-mile multi-use path serves as in ideal place for hiking, walking and biking as it passes through the middle of Oak Hill. Three schools and a community park sit along the trail.
Collins Park, located in Oak Hill, offers two pavilions, playground equipment and picnic facilities.
Nearby, enjoy America’s best whitewater rafting, the thrill rock climbing and rappelling, and great routes for horseback riding and mountain biking in the New River Gorge Area. For those wanting a one-stop shop, visit Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia for a collection of handcrafts, arts, entertainment and cuisine.
- Celebrate the brilliance of fall at the Oak Leaf Festival. Scheduled near end of August through the beginning of September, this event includes live music, delicious food, crafts, pageant and parades, to name a few. www.newrivercvb.com
- Fall is also a great time to visit the nearby New River Gorge Bridge, the world's second longest single arch bridge, for Bridge Day. Scheduled during the third Saturday in October every year, this is the largest extreme sports event in the world. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 200,000 spectators attend each year. www.officialbridgeday.com
Major industries include Plateau Medical Center, Fayette County schools and New River Health Association.