The Elkins Depot Welcome Center is located at 315 Railroad Avenue in the Western Maryland Railroad Depot. Built in 1908 by the Western Maryland Railway Company, this depot is a two-story brick Romanesque Revival style train station, with broad hip roof, large overhangs, and timber brackets. It played a pivotal role in Elkins as a hub for booming coal and lumber industries that founded the area.
Today, this historic railroad depot is home to the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. It is also the future southern trailhead for the Allegheny Highlands Trail.
Elkins Depot Welcome Center
Make the Welcome Center your first stop upon arriving in Elkins. It's here that the helpful staff and volunteers will help you make the most of your visit, providing information on attractions, lodging, dining, events and more. They offer brochures, maps, literature and best of all, knowledge of Elkins, Randolph County and even the state.
While you're here, enjoy our exhibit "The Town That Industry Built," which shows many images of the early days of Elkins and its railroad history. We also host a historical blog "It Happened Here" which you can view here.
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
"Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of our four unique trains! From April to December, the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive with the welcoming wail of whistles from beautifully refurbished and historic locomotives that depart both Elkins and Durbin depots.
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers five Mountain Rail Adventures, each with its own unique journey, into some of the best scenery this side of the Rockies! Our unique collection of trains roll through a potpourri of West Virginia mountain wilderness areas! Choose to chug alongside a clean, mountain river, and take in the sights of rolling meadows of wildflowers and the sounds of a genuine steam locomotive. Or, climb to over 4,000 feet in elevation in a powerful diesel, burrow under the mighty Cheat Mountain (via an 1,800 foot tunnel featuring an “S” curve of the track inside), and negotiate the two sharpest mainline railroad curves in the U.S.!" To learn more about these Mountain Rail adventures, visit www.mountainrailwv.com.
Allegheny Highlands Trail
The Highlands Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating recreational and alternate transportation opportunity through development of a regional trail system in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The Allegheny Highlands Trail from Elkins to Thomas is the backbone of that system. Visit www.highlandstrail.org for more information.
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