Creating Outdoor Adventure & Heritage Tourism Opportunities
Construction of the Coal Heritage RiverWalk began in 2013 by the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group. Funding to complete the project has come from the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, the Boone County Community Foundation, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the Boone County Commission. This location acts as a hub for community activity! The park boasts a fully restored caboose, two outdoor picnic shelters, stage, fire pit and walk way. Even more renovations are expected at the park in the coming year.
To learn more about educational tourism opportunities click here.
A hallmark of this town’s pride is the annual events that celebrate community and offer family friendly fun. A few of these annual events include:
Fall Festival & Haunted House - In October of 2015, the Turn This Town Around initiative helped to plan and execute Whitesville’s first ever Fall Festival. Roughly fifty vendors, a chili cook-off, live music and a parade brought the town together for a day of celebration. A Haunted House that ran for several weeks in the fall helped raise thousands of dollars to help propel the town’s forward progress in revitalization.
Family Adventure Night Series – Each month when the weather permits, community residents come together to enjoy movies in the park, Trunk or Treat, Christmas celebrations and other commemorations of community. These regularly held events are free for the whole family.
To see pictures from the most recent Family Adventure Night click here.
Ongoing beautification efforts assure that the area remains a picturesque destination for residents and visitors. Efforts to aesthetically improve the area include murals painted throughout town, installation of new awnings downtown, flower planting in planters along the roadway and upgrades to the signage for the town. On the horizon, fire hydrants will be painted this summer.
To keep the town beautiful, community leaders and nonprofits regularly partner to keep the riverbank, downtown streets, park and the areas surrounding the memorials free from litter.
To see pictures from the mural painting and town cleanup click here.
Route 3 is a stretch of winding, mountainous road that passes through, or nearby numerous rural, struggling towns much like Whitesville. These towns are interdependent. Whitesville leaders recognize that in order for their town to flourish, the entire Route 3 region needs to be enriched, strengthened and given basic tools to withstand the desired increase in popularity and visitation. Partnerships with area communities provide opportunities for enhanced tourism, beautification and economic development.