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Discover West Virginia!
Explore the real-life inspirations behind many of the settings, stories, and creatures found in Fallout 76. Click below for specific information about each inspiration as well as handy travel info you’ll need to navigate your way around West Virginia! We recommend starting in Braxton County, the center of the state, which should act as a good jumping off point for many of the locations and subjects found in Fallout 76. This also guarantees for maximum enjoyment of West Virginia’s scenic beauty! Braxton County is also home to The Flatwoods Monster, one of the in-game enemies in Fallout 76. Fall might be the best time of year to plan your trip. The autumn colors, fair weather, and smaller crowds will add value to your trip. However, any time is a good time to be in West Virginia! Find accommodations info HERE. Are you flying for your visit? We recommend flying into Pittsburgh Airport, in Pittsburgh, PA.
If we forgot anything, let us know at info (a) braxtonwv dot org. For a Google Map with all these locations already plotted, CLICK HERE.
At about 7:15 p.m. on September 12th, 1952 in Flatwoods, West Virginia, some youngsters were playing football on the school playground. Suddenly they saw a fiery UFO streak across the sky then seem to land on a hilltop of the nearby Bailey Fisher farm. The youths ran to the home of Mrs. Kathleen May, who provided a flashlight and accompanied them up the hill. The group included her two sons, Eddie 13, and Freddie 14, Neil Nunley 14, Gene Lemon 17, and Tommy Hyer and Ronnie Shaver, both 10, along with the May boy’s dog. Some distance ahead was a pulsing red light. Then, suddenly, Gene Lemon saw a pair of shining, animal-like eyes, and aimed the flashlight in their direction. The light revealed a towering “man-like” figure with a round, red “face” surrounded by a “pointed, hood-like shape.” The body was dark and seemingly colorless, but some would later say it was green, and Mrs. May reported seeing drape-like folds covering the lower part of it;s body. The monster was observed only momentarily, as suddenly it emitted a hissing sound and glided toward the group. Lemon screamed and dropping his flashlight, then everyone fled for their lives.
Five “Must Do” Monster Activities:
1. Visit the Monster Museum located at 208 Main Street, Sutton, WV 26601. 304-765-6533
2. Visit Flatwoods and walk in the footsteps of the eye witnesses
3. Visit the Flatwoods Monster Chairs and Free Braxxie!
4. Take a picture with the famous “Home of the Green Monster” sign in Flatwoods.
5. Visit “The Spot”, the official diner and ice cream bar of the Flatwoods Monster.
Find all this info and more HERE!
the Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the area in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966. The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the United States. Discover all there is to know at the Mothman Museum, located at 400 Main Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. Phone: (304) 812-5211
At 11pm on June 16th 1965, a young reporter by the name of Robert Cockrell was heading home from his job at the Grafton Sentinel newspaper. He was driving along Riverside Drive, which follows the Tygart River. Cockrell knew the road well and zipped along at about 50 miles an hour. As he rounded a wide curve and entered a straight section of road about a mile long, his headlights caught something that he knew immediately was out of place. It appeared to be a “huge white obstruction on the right side of the road standing between the road and the riverbank on a cleared-off section of grass,” as he revealed later. Almost as soon as he saw it, he concluded that it was not an object but a living beast the likes of which he had never before seen. It stood seven to nine feet tall and was about four feet wide. It was stark white, with slick, seal-like skin, or a covering that resembled sealskin and It had no head. After he got home and calmed down, he decided to return to the scene to investigate. He recruited two friends to accompany him, but when they arrived at the spot, the thing was gone. They searched up and down the riverbank for more than an hour but found nothing. There was no tracks, although the grass where Cockrell had had seen the creature had been mashed down by something heavy. While they searched, they heard an odd, low whistling sound coming from the direction of the river. The whistling seemed seemed to follow them, but they could not see whatever was making the noise.
Stand at the sighting location by traveling to these GPS coordinates: 39.3459 -80.0426
the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Or as it’s called in Fallout, Fort Defiance) is located in Weston, West Virginia. This facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill beginning in the mid-1800’s. This 160 year old asylum holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized historic landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups.
The fossil remains of the Mega Sloth were described by Casper Wistar in 1799 as the bones of a giant extinct ground sloth. The Mega Sloth lived during the Ice Age, or Pleistocene Epoch, which lasted from 10,000 to 1.8 million years ago. This extinct ground sloth grew 8 to 10 feet long and weighed up to 800 pounds. The fossil remains were found in a limestone cave, called Organ Cave, in 1797.
In 1973, the Organ Cave System was registered as a National Natural Landmark for being “the largest cave system in the State, containing many caves, one of which is Organ Cave. Noted also for its saltpeter troughs and vats.” Organ Cave has also been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.
New River Gorge
The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel arch bridge 3,030 feet (924 m) long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains. With an arch 1,700 feet (518 m) long, the New River Gorge Bridge was for many years the world’s longest single-span arch bridge; it is now the fourth longest. Part of U.S. Route 19, its construction marked the completion of Corridor L of the Appalachian Development Highway System. The bridge is crossed by an average of 16,200 motor vehicles per day. The roadway of the New River Gorge Bridge is 876 feet (267 m) above the New River. The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world, and is currently the third highest in the United States. In 2005, the structure gained nationwide attention when the US Mint issued the West Virginia state quarter with the bridge depicted on one side. Every year, Bridge Day takes over one side of the bridge and is the only time of year base-jumping is permitted. Sky-divers come from all over the globe to take advantage of this rare opportunity. In 2013, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The West Virginia State Capitol took eight years to complete at a cost of just under $10 million. It was constructed in three stages. The west wing was built in 1924-25; the east wing was constructed in 1926-27; and the rotunda connecting the wings was completed in 1930-32. Governor William G. Conley dedicated the new Capitol on the state’s 69th birthday, June 20, 1932. State Capitol Complex WV Division Culture , Capitol Complex, Charleston Website Call Email Information and reservations for touring the WV State Capitol Complex: Hours: Guided tours 9:30am – 3:30pm Monday thru Friday. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Saturdays 1pm – 4pm on the hour. (Summer hours may vary. Please call for a reservation.) Tours of the Governor’s Mansion require reservations and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. These tours begin at the Tours and Information Desk at the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Tours are offered on Thursdays and Fridays, starting at 9 a.m. with the last tour scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Please call Tour Supervisor Mary Ann Long at 304-558-4839 for reservations and information.
Whitesprings Resort (Greenbrier Resort)
The Greenbrier was built more than two centuries ago in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. From that moment, until today, when you enter our grounds you become part of a haven rooted in hospitality and luxury. Beginning in 1941 the U.S. Government has contracted with the Greenbrier to act as a retreat for government officials and as a war-time bunker.
For full details visit the official Website HERE.
Camden Park is family owned by the fourth generation of Boylins. J. P. Boylin transformed Camden Park from a carousel at the end of a trolly line in Huntington, WV to an amusement park for families of all ages in 1950. By the late 19th century almost every large town in America had streetcars and many had parks to boost weekend and holiday traffic. Originally developed as a picnic area by the Camden Interstate Railway in 1903 Camden Park has survived into the 21st century as a thriving traditional amusement park. Over the years Camden Park has been the setting for baseball games, tens of thousands of picnics, fairs, marathon dances, roller derbies, flagpole sitting, a swimming pool, a zoo, plus numerous attractions and rides. For more than 115 years, Camden Park has been the destination of choice for family fun! Join us for another unforgettable season of rides, games, fireworks, concerts, and special events. Camden Park features one of the largest and oldest wooden roller coasters in America!
Eastern Regional Penitentiary
Unlike most of the people who’ve previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary (Or as it’s called in Fallout, the Eastern Regional Penitentiary) in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you’ll be walking out again a few hours later. The imposing Gothic structure was first opened in 1876, but closed in 1995. It’s seen riots, fires, and the execution of nearly 100 prisoners through either hanging or electrocution. These days, the only things it sees are much better behaved visitors. You can take a tour of the grounds and see the rows of cramped 5 ft.-by-7 ft. cells during the day; for braver souls, the penitentiary also offers midnight tours, followed by the chance to kick around inside the prison on your own until 6 a.m. Overnight visitors are allowed to bring their own food, so there’s no need to trade your boyfriend for a Snickers bar.
Vault-Tec University (Woodburn Hall)
Woodburn Hall was completed in 1876 and is the centerpiece of Woodburn Circle, the oldest part of the WVU campus. Woodburn Circle, also known as W.V.U. Quadrangle. It’s located in Morgantown, West Virginia. The circle, in reality a quadrangle grouped around an oval path, is a historic and distinctive architectural assembly of three collegiate buildings, which evolved in the late nineteenth century. In chronological order these are Martin Hall, Woodburn Hall and Chitwood Hall. However, it’s the largest of the buildings, Woodburn Hall, that is best known and a symbol of the university. The circle’s Martin Hall is West Virginia University’s oldest campus building and was constructed in 1870 as University Hall, and renamed Martin Hall in 1889. The circle’s centerpiece, what is now Woodburn Hall, was finished in 1876, under the name New Hall. The circle finally became complete with the addition of Chitwood hall in 1893. Woodburn Circle was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
In the southern Allegheny Mountains near Hillsboro, West Virginia, the Cranberry Glades (or as it’s called in Fallout, Cranberry Bog) include some 750 acres of peat bog and meadows that support plants common to Canada and more northerly latitudes. Cranberries, sphagnum mosses, skunk cabbages, and two carnivorous plants — sundews and pitcher plants — are found in the glades. The glades are protected as the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, part of the Monongahela National Forest. The botanical area was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The glades are part of the headwaters of the Cranberry River, a popular trout stream and are adjacent to the nearly 50,000-acre and Cranberry Wilderness, also part of the national forest.
Pleasant View Lighthouse
The Pleasant View Lighthouse was likely modeled after the Landlocked lighthouse in Summersville. The lighthouse, called the Summersville Lake Lighthouse was erected overlooking Summersville Lake in Mount Nebo, West Virginia on October 17, 2012. Standing 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level, the 77,000 lb. structure was a cylindrical tower constructed entirely of 1/2 inch thick steel. With a base diameter of 12 feet receding to 8 feet at the top, visitors can climb 122 steps to reach a 360 degree gallery deck offering unparalled views of Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.
Helvetia, West Virginia
Helvetia, West Virginia is a small Swiss village in a high mountain valley. The original Swiss and German settlers arrived in 1869 and their descendants remain. Due to the isolation of the area, the traditions of dance, music, food, and holidays have survived through the generations. Popular events include: Fasnacht, Ramp Supper, Follow Your Bliss Festival, Swiss National Day, Helvetia Fair, and monthly Square Dances. Businesses include the Hutte Restaurant, Beekeeper Bed and Breakfast, and Kultur Haus Helvetia which contains the Helvetia Mask Museum, the Helvetia General Store, the Helvetia Post Office, the Alpen Lodge, and the Helvetia Research Center.
Central West Virginia is the ideal jumping off point for your Fallout 76 adventure! Click HERE for a convenient list of area accommodations, as well as camping options, at many price points.
For international and cross continental flights we recommend flying into Pittsburgh Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You could also fly into Charleston, West Virginia; however depending on your desired take off locations, it may not be cost effective.
For information on Pittsburgh Airport, click HERE.
For information on Charleston Airport, click HERE.