Preserving History

The 5300 square mile National Coal Heritage Area lies in southern West Virginia, a region shaped by the history of coal deposits found in its ancient mountains. Today, the area’s communities retain much of their original character as “company towns,” reflecting local traditions, immigrant laborers and the dominance of the coal industry.


National Park Service

Experience Your America

Discover nearly 400 national parks on the official National Park Service webpage. Some may be closer than you think.

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New River Gorge

Heritage Area

The National Coal Heritage Area is located in 11 counties in southern West Virginia and includes the NPS New River Gorge NR and Gauley River units.

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National Heritage Areas

What are National Heritage Areas?

They are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.

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