Walk West Virginia – Mercer County
The Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau chose to be a part of the Bridge Day 2009 celebration to acquaint visitors and locals alike, to what West Virginia’s Southern Gateway has to offer. Located at the base of East River Mountain, Mercer County offers something for everyone. The Bluefield-Princeton area is home to America’s coal story. Bluefield and Princeton developed as thriving railroad towns to ship coal for the many mining operations that were opened in the late 1800’s. These operators settled in Bramwell, which was once considered the richest small town in America having as many as 19 millionaires. The historic district is so well preserved, as you stroll the block you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Tours are offered twice yearly in the spring and December when the public is invited to step back and “Experience the Gilded Age”.
If you’re looking for outdoor recreation, Mercer County is home to three state parks – Pinnacle Rock, Camp Creek and Pipestem. Climb to the top of Pinnacle Rock, mountain bike at Camp Creek, golf at Pipestem, or escape to the mountains on ATV trails. For family entertainment at its best, spend your evenings cheering at one of two major league-sponsored professional baseball teams; the Orioles and Ray affiliates. Enjoy spectacular sunsets, cool evenings and terrific small town baseball excitement.
If you’re looking for that special something, visit one of our unique galleries, specialty shops, antique stores or mall.
Whether it’s outdoor recreation, history, fairs & festivals, unique galleries, or just plain relaxation, Mercer County is the place to be. For a free Visitor Guide contact the Mercer County Convention: 1-800-221-3206 or visit the Mercer County CVB website. www.visitmercercounty.com.