Nestled in the mountain highlands of north-central West Virginia, Belington provides an ideal base for quick and easy access to several state parks, ski resorts and public hunting and fishing areas.
The Barbour County Fairgrounds and County Park on U.S. 250 offers tennis and volleyball courts, baseball and softball fields, horse and cattle barns, picnicking and an outdoor amphitheater. Belington City Park on U.S. 250 South provides a quiet, rural setting with a picnic area, outdoor fireplaces and a playground.
One of the East Coast’s best rivers for whitewater rafting, the Tygart River, flows north through Belington to Tygart Lake in Grafton. This 10-mile-long river boasts rapids ranging from Class I to V and is home to Wells Falls, considered the most powerful, runable drop in the Monongahela River basin.
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad departs from Belington for three scenic rail excursions following two great rivers. Highlights include high bridges, waterfalls, remote canyons and an unusual “S” curve tunnel.
One of the first land battles of the Civil War – the Battle of Laurel Hill – is re-enacted the third weekend of each July. The event includes cavalry units and their horses, Civil War encampments, a costumed ball, pageant, exhibits, artillery demonstrations and a period church service. The site near Laurel Mountain Road, where Confederate Gen. Robert S. Garnett camped in 1861 with his 2,000 to 3,000 troops, is undergoing restoration. A pavilion is available for public use.
Belington, honored as a Main Street West Virginia ON TRAC community, has an active chamber of commerce and economic development authority. The area’s economy is based on mining, wood products and agriculture. Belington Industrial Park, an 88-acre complex, attracts businesses related to the wood and timber industry, including B&B Lumber Company, Global Traders furniture manufacturing, Coastal Lumber Company, the Talbott Lumber Company, West Virginia Hardwoods, Ricottili Fencing, Leo P. Ware & Sons, Ware Sawmill and Abenki Timber Corporation.