Summers County, in the southeastern corner of West Virginia, dates back to 1871 when it was formed from parts of three existing counties. Jumping Branch is in the west-central part of the county, just west of Hinton, the hub city.
In 1880, Hinton was chosen as the county seat due to its location in the Greenbrier and New River valleys near the center of the county.
By 1900 it was an important railroad center, a distinction it still holds today. The contribution of the railroad to the local economy is celebrated during Railroad Days, a festival held each October.
The downtown area of Hinton, which enjoyed its great heyday during the first three decades of this century, has been designated a historic district in the National Register. Many buildings are scheduled for rehabilitation, and a walking tour reveals such interesting places as the majestic courthouse, the venerable McCreery Hotel and many lovely old homes, churches and other buildings.
The climate readily cooperates with the magnificent scenery, averaging 53 degrees with an average of 31 degrees in January and 73.3 degrees in July.
Summer's County contains almost 6,200 acres of state parks, with facilities that make it the perfect vacationland. Together, Bluestone and Pipestem State Parks form a scenic and fun-filled paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with fine accommodations a drive away.
The area offers a public recreation program, tennis courts, four swimming pools, three golf courses and more. A public library, wildlife museum, fine lodging facilities and restaurants, weekly newspaper and digital cable television are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Education is amply provided by several elementary schools, a private school (K to 12), high school and vocational school. Beckley Junior College and Concord College are a short drive away.
Excellent health care services include hospitals at Hinton, Beckley (25 miles) and Fairlea (40 miles), plus a continuous care center, rescue squads, many physicians and dentists.
The newcomer to Summers County will find much that contributes to a satisfying and enjoyable way of life. The forested mountains and verdant valleys are lavish with their beauty at any time of year. Streams yield an abundance of fish and the fields and woods are a joy to the hunter as well to the hiker and backpacker who take time to enjoy their special appeal.
The terrain ranges from deep valleys to high ridges, a constant delight of changing scenery including charming farmsteads, remote mountain reaches with stunning views, rugged peaks, gently flowing rivers and timbered forests.
The New River Gorge National River, managed by the National Park Service, offers some of the state's best canoeing, rafting and fishing for smallmouth bass.
The county contains almost 6,200 acres of state parks, with facilities that make it the perfect vacationland. Together, Bluestone and Pipestem State Parks form a scenic and fun-filled paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with fine accommodations and unexcelled lake activities. The West Virginia Water Festival held in Hinton in mid-August is a tribute to one of our greatest natural resources.