About Huntington

Huntington is a small city of about 50,000 people.  It is located on the Ohio River, near the Ohio and Kentucky borders of West Virginia.  We have a small town feel with the perks of a college town.


Things To Do

Pullman Square - Downtown destination with shopping, dining, and movies.  Also home to the free outdoor summer concert series every Thursday evening during the summer. http://www.pullman-square.com/

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Heritage Station - Huntington's former B & O Railway Station, this architectural award winning complex contains an authentic locomotive, a renovated Pullman car, attractive plaza, unique shops, and the city's first bank once robbed by the James gang.  Home to a plethora of local art, jewelry, furniture, craft beers, gourmet cheeses, wine, and gifts surrounding a charming courtyard where people relax during one of the many  events, like Party on the Patio, Cinema under the Stars, or the Art Walk. Shops include the locally grown food store, the Wild Ramp, Sip, a wine bar, and River and Rail Bakery. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shops-at-Heritage-Station/123451257772091

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Parks

Ritter Park - Ritter Park is one of the 2012 Great Places of America listed by American Planning Association.  It consists of numerous lengthy walking and cycling trails along Four Pole Creek, which runs the entire length of the park and is crossed by many wooden and stone footbridges. There are also picnic tables, a children's playground, amphitheater that can be used for small concerts and plays, an award winning Rose Garden, and a new Petco dog park.

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Also home to the Ritter Park Tennis Center, with tennis programs for adults and children
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Harris Riverfront Park - The Park is between the city flood wall and the Ohio River, and is noted for its scenic river view and grassy recreational area. There is an outdoor amphitheater and construction on children's play areas and fitness areas is nearly complete.

Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) - The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) is a growing, bicycle and pedestrian trail system in the City of Huntington. It is designed to create interconnected loops around each of the neighborhood parks that would create recreational opportunities and an alternate means of transportation around the city. http://paulambrosetrailforhealth.org/


The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH) going under the Fifth Avenue and 31st Street bridges.

Beech Fork State Park - Beech Fork State Park is located in Cabell and Wayne Counties, roughly 15 miles south of Downtown Huntington. The park is located on the tail water shores of Beech Fork Lake. It features a marina with canoe, boat, and kayak rental. There are cabins, campgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and many hiking trails.

There are many other area parks, found here:http://www.ghprd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=2&lang=en

We Are Marshall!

We-are-marshall-lores.jpgHome of the Marshall University Thundering Herd sports teams. Read the epic story of the football team here and about the Warner Bros movie "We Are Marshall" based on the story here .

2013 Conference USA women's softball champions. Congratulations!

New soccer complex to be completed for this fall.

Complete sports information and schedules are available here  http://www.herdzone.com/.

Marshall Rec Center - Over 120,000 square foot exercise and recreational facility with basketball and racquetball courts. It also boasts a 4,000 square-foot Aquatics Center with 3 lap lanes, a leisure swim area, vortex pool and 20-person spa. It contains 17,000 square feet designated to fitness including free weights, machines, and cardio equipment with LCD televisions. Outdoor pursuits feature a 35' climbing wall. Membership will be provided to fellows. http://www.marshallcampusrec.com/

Huntington YMCA is home to an extensive exercise facility, with an Olympic pool, multiple facilities and classes.  There is also a seasonal outdoor pool. http://www.huntingtonymca.org/

Huntington Museum of Art - located in the hills above Ritter Park, featuring numerous collections and exhibitions; it is also home to the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory and several nature trails. See the website for current exhibits and events. http://www.hmoa.org/

Marshall Artists Series - Dedicated to bring the best in arts and entertainment to Marshall. This year's schedule included John Legend, Titanic the Musical, the Irish Tenors, and a Fall and Spring International Film Festival. http://www.marshall.edu/muartser/index.asp

Renaissance Art Gallery –An artist-run fine arts co-operative non-profit gallery featuring  art classes for all levels, changing art shows, and hosting public receptions, introducing new art and artists to a larger art-loving public. http://www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance/index.html

Mardi Gras Casino & Resort - A full service Casino & Resort offering a one stop destination for Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Meetings, Events, & Live Greyhound Racing! I-64 Exits 47 & 47A, Cross Lanes, WV.

Clay Center for Arts and Sciences - In Charleston, about a 45 minute drive; features science exhibits, art gallery and a planetarium. Many children's programs are offered throughout the year. Also offers multiple performances, including concerts, comedy, and Broadway.  http://www.theclaycenter.org/

Huntington Symphony Orchestra and Pops - The Huntington Symphony's Picnic with the Pops series draws out thousands of people to the riverfront for outdoors concerts where picnicking is encouraged! The HSO plays Classical Season in historic Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown Huntington.  The HSO presents an average season of six classical and three pops performances

Theatre - Huntington Outdoor Theatre (HOT) and Arts Resources for the Tri-State (ARTS) are regional theater group based in Huntington, WV.  The Marshall University Department of Theatre also presents a broad range of productions yearly.

Kids

YMCA
For members and nonmembers, the YMCA hosts children's soccer, T-ball, flag football, basketball, the Huntington Y Swim Team, and a variety of other activities for the children of the community. The YMCA also hosts spring and fall British Soccer Camps. The Kennedy Center on the Ohio River is also the location of the outdoor members only pool.

Camden Park
Camden Park is a 26 acre amusement park. It is a traditional park, home to over 30 rides and attractions, mini-golf, small paddle boats, and home to the one and only Pronto Pup.

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Billy Bobs Wonderland
Billy Bob's Wonderland features games, rides, food and great entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. They have all kinds of video games for the young and old alike. Skee-Ball, Air Hockey, Kiddie Rides, a Ball Pit, and Laser tag all keep kids coming back for more. Mini-golf and Go-Karts are a big hit, available when weather permits. http://www.billybobswv.com/index.html

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 Heritage Farm
Celebrate our Heritage through the Museums of Progress, Transportation, Industry and Heritage. Also, enjoy the Country Store, Blacksmith, Schoolhouse, Church, Children's Activity Museum and Farm Petting Zoo. Hosts several "Way Back Weekends" for all ages. http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.com/

Train Excursions
The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society is proud to present the world-renowned New River Train excursions through the beautiful New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. The New River is majestic and breathtaking in fall colors in mid to late October. It is during this peak autumn foliage time that our train traverses the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV, allowing for a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.   http://www.newrivertrain.com/nrt.shtml

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Festivals

The Huntington area is home to a wide range of very popular yearly festivals.

  • The Greek Festival at St George's Greek Orthodox Church every fall with Greek food, music, and dance.
  • Ribfest in August each year at Harris Riverfront Park
  • Chilifest at Pullman Square late summer or fall
  • Barboursville Civil War Days
  • Rails and Ales, a craft beer festival at Heritage Station
  • The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival in Milton attracts people from all over West Virginia
  • Tsubasacon is a newer anime convention held in October
  • X-fest, a rock/alternative festival at Harris Riverfront Park
  • Jazz-MU-tazz, a summer jazz festival at Marshall University
  • Oktoberfest at Pullman Square
  • Heritage Farm and Museum Spring Festival
  • Cabell County Fair each summer
  • Camden Park Spooktacular each October
  • Art in the Park at Ritter Park each Fall
  • Old Central City Days

Schools

The Cabell County school system offers multiple secondary schools in the area and 2 large high schools.

There are several private schools as well. http://www.greaterhuntington.com/var/cabellschools.asp
St Joseph Grade School http://stjosephgs.org/home and high school http://stjosephgs.org/home
Our Lady if Fatima http://www.ourfatimafamily.com/
Grace Christian School http://www.gracegospelwv.net/school.html
Covenant Christian School http://www.covenantschoolwv.org/

West Virginia

Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory - in Green Bank, Pocahontas County,   http://www.nrao.edu/index.php/learn/gbsc. Also location of the yearly Green Bank Star Quest "Star Party" http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

The Greenbrier - Five star resort in White Sulphur Springs, and location of "the Bunker" 1950s secret emergency relocation center for Congress.

New River Gorge National River - renowned for its excellent recreational opportunities: whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, picnicking, biking, and enjoying the solitude of the natural world.  The New River Gorge Bridge, near Fayettevillle, has been the centerpiece of "Bridge Day", held the third Saturday of every October. This festival includes demonstrations of rappelling, ascending, and BASE jumping.

Skiing in WV - There are many great ski options in WV, including Winterplace (http://www.winterplace.com/), Snowshoe (www.snowshoemtn.com ), Timberline (www.timberlinereesort.com ), Canaan Valley (www.canaanresort.com), and many others.

White Water Rafting – Very popular area for white water rafting, from beginner to advanced. More than 200,000 rafters per year visit the many rivers. http://www.visitwv.com/things-to-do/recreation/rock-climbing-and-rope-courses

Rock Climbing and Zip lining - http://www.visitwv.com/things-to-do/recreation/rock-climbing-and-rope-courses

Getting around

Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS) has many direct flights, including to Orlando and Myrtle Beach.  (HTS) has many direct flights, including to Orlando and Myrtle Beach.  http://tristateairport.com/

Amtrak http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=HUN