Morgan County at
- Major Cities: Berkeley Springs
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Berkeley Springs State Park, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Clarence Hovermale House, Morgan County Courthouse, Morgan County Observatory, Ridge Fish Hatchery, Sidling Hill Mountain and Visitor Center, Cacapon State Park
- Major Industry: Tourism, Retail, Skiing
- Counties: Berkeley, Hampshire
Wedged between Virginia and Maryland, Morgan County is located at the western edge
of West Virginia’s panhandle. The county, which is considered part of the
Hagerstown-Martinsburg Metro Area, covers
230 square miles and has a population of 15,000. If you are thinking about buying
a home in West Virginia, put Morgan County real estate on your list of possibilities.
Morgan County joins Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in making up West Virginia’s
eastern panhandle. The region’s rich historical attractions are connected by the
Washington Heritage Trail, a 127-mile driving route classified as a National Scenic
Byway. Eighty miles of the trail are in Morgan County, linking the town of Paw Paw
at the trail’s western terminus with the county seat of
Paw Paw, named after a wild fruit that used to grow in the area, is a modest town
with a population of close to 500. Many of Paw Paw’s residents have actively resisted
development in an effort to preserve the town’s rural identity. The Chesapeake &
Ohio Canal, a popular towpath among hikers and bikers, includes a trip though the
3,118-foot Paw Paw Tunnel, the largest man-made structure on the canal. This small
town is popular among people looking to purchase Morgan County real estate.
Twenty-five miles east of Paw Paw—and with nearly twice the population—is the town
of Berkeley Springs. Berkeley Springs is probably
best known for its natural springs, which flow at a rate of 2,000 gallons per minute.
Naturally heated to a balmy 74°F, the springs were originally revered for their
purported medicinal qualities. Today, they remain a popular destination for East
Coasters. The town boasts five full-service spas, including the bathhouse at Berkeley
Springs State Park, which became West Virginia’s first state park upon attaining
Morgan County has more to offer than a day at the spa, however. The town’s active
community includes the Morgan Community Concert Band for amateur musicians, the
Morgan County Master Gardeners for avid horticulturalists, and the Delectable Mountains
Quilt Guild for quilters. The Morgan Arts Council offers a series of Summer Concerts
in the Park, while the recently revived Morgan County Fair promises two days of
family fun each summer.
Outdoor activities are just as prolific—and just as varied—as the county’s community-oriented
offerings. Head to Cacapon State Park for a round of golf or take a 10-mile horseback
ride along the Cacapon Rocks. Attend a rodeo at the Triple B Arena in the summer
or hit the county’s mountain trails in the winter for some cross-country skiing.
Hike the Big Blue Trail or fish for crappie at one of the public access points on
the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers. Between its crystal clear rivers and its stately
mountains, Morgan County offers close to 150,000 acres of recreation and adventure.
There has never been a better time to purchase Morgan County real estate. With its
quaint towns and its natural beauty, Morgan County real estate is an attractive
blend of small-town living and outdoor escape. You can learn more about the Morgan
County housing market, including timely statistics about active inventory and the
median sales price of area homes, by visiting the Morgan County housing market report. And if you’re interested
in finding homes for
saleor real estate in this wild and wonderful region, you can contact one
of Long & Foster’s West Virginia
real estate offices.