Wetzel County, WV

Exploring Wetzel County, WV is a do it yourself or do it together adventure. Nestled among thefoothills of the Alleghenies between the mountains and the river, scenic Wetzel County is fast becoming one of West Virginia’s hottest travel destinations.

  Along with spectacular scenic views, Wetzel County boasts a variety of fun festivals throughout the summer months. The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival, held each year on the last weekend in June, is a free, three-day music festival that has played host to multiple Grammy winners and big name acts. Attracting thousands of attendees each year, the Back Home Festival has etched out its place among must- attend music festivals. Sponsored by the Wetzel County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Back Home is held in beautiful downtown New Martinsville, WV. Past performers include bluegrass legends such as the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, The Travelin’ McCourys, The SteelDrivers, and Billy Strings. Back Home is not just a festival for bluegrass enthusiasts, however. Back Home has become a favorite among jam band enthusiasts as well and the 2019 lineup includes rock n’ roll acts such as The Allman Betts Band, Fletcher’s Grove, KR-3, and others. There are also acts for fans of country music fans. West Virginia’s own The Davisson Brothers Band will make their second appearance at the Back Home Festival in 2019. Over three days, the Back Home Festival will offer visitors an opportunity to relax in the scenic hills of West Virginia while listening to world class entertainment, enjoying food from an assortment of incredible food vendors, and buying goods from a variety of West Virginia artisans. There are also workshops throughout the weekend. In conjunction with the festival New Martinsville Parks & Recreation offer $1 admission to all of their attractions. For more information about the festival you can visit www.backhomefestival.com.

  The Back Home Festival is not the only summer festival held in Wetzel County, though. Wetzel County’s longstanding county fair, “Town & Country Days” is always a family favorite. From carnival rides to quality entertainment, Town & Country Days has something for people of all ages. 

  Wetzel County has a rich tradition of boat racing and the annual RegattaFest brings back memories of yesteryear on the last weekend in September on the banks of the Ohio River. Various kidsactivities and APBA sanctioned powerboat racing is fun for the boat enthusiasts in your life. 

  Enjoy all the fun Wetzel County has to offer and plan your summer vacation now by visiting www.visitwetzelcounty.com.