Just Passing Through: Durbin, WV

I love driving. For me, there’s something very special about rolling the windows allll the way down, turning the music allll the way up, and cruising along winding mountain roads on a sunny spring day. I took one such drive last week, starting in western Virginia and ending back home in Pittsburgh, PA. Just about an hour in to my drive, I pulled over in the village of Durbin, West Virginia for a quick pit stop.

Situated in a small valley in Pocahontas County, Durbin is home to the confluence of the Greenbrier River’s East and West forks, marking it as the starting point of that wild and wonderful West Virginia river. While the town itself it quite small, with a whopping 294 population, there are actually a nice amount of interesting activities and scenic destinations available for the adventurous traveler. The Durbin Rocket, part of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, operates tours and train rides on a historic steam-driven locomotive. There are also some amazingly beautiful spots around here to camp, hike, kayak, and fish. And, while there are a fair share of abandoned and vacant storefronts along Durbin’s main drag, a handful of lively-looking restaurants, bars, and shops dot the heart of town.

I very much enjoyed my quick pull-over in Durbin, and I hope you might too someday soon! It’s a neat little place to see. Happy trails.

pictured above: The Castaway Caboose.

pictured above: The Castaway Caboose.

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pictured above: The view from atop Cheat Mountain.

pictured above: The view from atop Cheat Mountain.