Located in the geographic center of West Virginia, Braxton County is a hotspot for the paranormal. In 1952, a strange, otherworldly monster was sighted in Flatwoods, and a local legend grew from the incident. Now, you can visit the Flatwoods Monster Museum (located in Sutton), buy a sandwich named after the Monster at The Spot restaurant, and visit the five giant monster chairs scattered around the county.

            Braxton is also home to other paranormal spots, like the Haymond House and Elk Hostel in Sutton, which offer ghost hunts and other creepy activities year-round. If you get the chance, you can go Bigfoot hunting at Sutton Lake, where the cryptid has been sighted in recent years.

            Once you’ve been thoroughly scared, Braxton County offers plenty of other not so scary options as well. Ride your motorcycle down beautiful country roads, kayak down the Elk River Water Trail, or enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming on the Sutton and Burnsville lakes. After a long day exploring the outdoors, enjoy a meal at one of our unique and local eateries and finally bed down at one of our many accommodation options!


The Flatwoods Monster

It was almost fully dark on the evening of September 12th, 1952. Edward May, Freddie May, Neil Nunley, and Tommy Hyer, all young residents of the town of Flatwoods, were playing on the lawn of the Flatwoods Elementary School. Suddenly, a bright light streaked across the sky overhead and appeared to crash into a hillside on G. Bailey Fisher’s farm.

Elk River Water Trail

From a tiny trickle of its headwaters in the heart of West Virginia to its confluence with the Kanawha River at Charleston, the Elk River meanders 180 miles through forests, farmland and small towns. It is the longest river located entirely within the borders of West Virginia. With many access pint to choose from, the Elk River offers floats trips from as short as a half hour to multiple days and everything in between.

Elk River Water Trail

From a tiny trickle of its headwaters in the heart of West Virginia to its confluence with the Kanawha River at Charleston, the Elk River meanders 180 miles through forests, farmland and small towns. It is the longest river located entirely within the borders of West Virginia. With many access pint to choose from, the Elk River offers floats trips from as short as a half hour to multiple days and everything in between.

Group Travel

Centrally located, Braxton County, West Virginia is the ideal location for any statewide organization to hold its meetings and retreats. Braxton County offers top of the line facilities that can meet the needs of any budget. Natural beauty and recreation abound with two beautiful lakes, an easily navigable river water trail, and many scenic vistas. Nearly all of our attractions can be found within a few miles of the four interstate-79 exits located within our county limits. Plan your visit today!

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Group Travel

Centrally located, Braxton County, West Virginia is the ideal location for any statewide organization to hold its meetings and retreats. Braxton County offers top of the line facilities that can meet the needs of any budget. Natural beauty and recreation abound with two beautiful lakes, an easily navigable river water trail, and many scenic vistas. Nearly all of our attractions can be found within a few miles of the four interstate-79 exits located within our county limits. Plan your visit today!

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