There’s no doubt that living in Hinton, WV, is like living in a railroad town from another century. Historic homes winding along the New River, train depots and even a circa 1929 theatre all give the town a charming, old world appeal. But far from being abandoned to history, Hinton has worked to not only preserve but also to restore its historic sites. You’ll want to visit the The Ritz Theatre, for instance, which was restored on its 80th birthday and now serves as the town cinema for new-release movies. Hinton’s oldest home was also rescued from demolition and converted into a museum that supports historic preservation and the development of cultural and educational programs for Hinton and Summers County.
Just five minutes from Bluestone State Park, living in Hinton, WV, puts you close to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, as well as to schools and a local community of artists and entrepreneurs. Many Hinton residents are involved in revitalizing the town with efforts like the Ars Creo Community Theatre and an annual Hinton’s Got Talent contest.
Annual Hinton, WV, festivals include Hinton Railroad Days, the Festival of the Rivers and the West Virginia Water Festival.
Hinton WV Real Estate
Real estate for sale in Hinton, WV, is diverse. Houses near downtown Hinton are typically older, restored homes that are situated close together. Away from town, you’ll find property and land with access to rivers and walking trails.
Local Attractions in Hinton, WV
The primary attractions in Hinton, WV, are evident almost immediately. The historic train depot and Hinton railroad museum in the center of downtown serves as the hub of many activities and things to explore. The restored Ritz Theatre is a must-see. Other points of interest include the oldest standing residence in Hinton, the Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum, the Three Rivers Avian Center and the Veterans Memorial Museum and Memorial Wall.
If you have children, they’ll be happy to know that Hinton also has a community pool. And if you’d rather avoid the chlorine, take a 5-minute drive to Bluestone State Park for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. Bellepoint Park, a day-use park on located downstream from the Bluestone Dam, is also available to Hinton residents with walking trails, river access, picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts and the Hinton Little League baseball field.
|Historic Hinton Railroad Town||The Ritz Theatre||Ars Creo Community Theatre|
|Three Rivers Avian Center||Hinton Pool / Wild Water Express||Flannigan Murrell House|
|Bluestone State Park||Veterans Memorial Museum|
Community Events in Hinton, WV
In addition to the Hinton, WV, festivals that celebrate the impact the railroad and the rivers had on shaping this charming West Virginia town, you’ll find a community that is working to breathe new life into Hinton with a variety of activities. If you’re looking for things to do in Hinton, WV, outside of Railroad Days, consider getting involved in the local community. Every second Saturday in Hinton, downtown residents and businesses enjoy live music, food, fun and shopping. If you’re very brave or just bursting to get on stage, throw your hat in the ring and audition for Hinton’s Got Talent!
|Hinton Railroad Days||Hinton's Got Talent||Second Saturdays in Hinton|
|Festival of the Rivers||West Virginia Water Festival|
Schools in Hinton, WV
As the county seat of Summers County, Hinton, WV, schools include the county’s only high school and middle school. Hinton Area Elementary School is also located in Hinton. If your kids are active in school sports, you’ll be encouraged to know that the Summers County Bobcats girls basketball team has won five state championships.
The board of education for Summers County Schools oversees the following schools in Hinton, WV:
Getting to Hinton, WV
Hinton is located on West Virginia Route 20 in Summers County, WV. If you’re driving in on Interstate 64, take Exit 139 toward Sandstone and follow WV 20 South into Hinton. Coming from another direction? Get directions to Hinton, WV.
Hinton by Train
If you want to connect with Hinton’s railroad heritage vibe, consider taking the train directly into Hinton. Amtrak’s cardinal route stops three times a week at Hinton’s Historic Rail Depot.
Call Amtrak at (800) 872-7245 to make a reservation.