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Interstate 77 West Virginia
Northbound - Virginia State Line to Interstate 64 East

Highway Information

Miles 187.21
Counties Traveled
Through
Mercer, Raleigh,
Fayette, Kanawha,
Jackson, Wood
Cities Bluefield, Princeton,
Beckley, Charleston,
Parkersburg
Major Junctions Interstate 64
(Exit 40 & Exit 101)

Interstate 79
(Exit 104)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
104 (56%)
Southern End of
Interstate Driven
Virginia State Line
Northern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 79

Pictures

Northbound:

Virginia State Line to Interstate 64 East

Interstate 64 East to Interstate 79

Interstate 77 North
Interstate 77 and U.S. 52 North emerge from the East River Mountain Tunnel and enter the state of West Virginia. Immediately after exiting the tunnel, Exit 1 for the continuation of U.S. 52 North departs. The city of Bluefield (pop. 11,222) is five miles to the west. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Welcome to West Virginia sign on Interstate 77 North. The next 187 miles will be spent in the Mountain State. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
The Tamarack, an arts and crafts store showcasing "the best of West Virginia," is 42 miles ahead, just off Exit 45 of Interstate 77. Much of Interstate 77 in southern West Virginia is the West Virginia Turnpike. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 7 - County Route 27 - 2 miles. Princeton-Ingleside Road provides another connection between Interstate 77 and the city of Princeton four miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 7 - County Route 27 - 1 mile. The guide signs refer to the route as Twelvemile Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 7 - County Route 27/Twelvemile Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 9 - U.S. 460 - 1 1/2 miles. U.S. 460 skirts the southern part of West Virginia, connecting Bluefield, and Princeton. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
A West Virginia welcome center is located just east of the interstate at Exit 9. The center provides travel brochures, state maps, and toll-free hotel reservations. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 9 - U.S. 460 - 1 mile. The interchange ahead is the southern terminus of the West Virginia Turnpike. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Another notice of the welcome center is posted one-half mile prior to the interchange. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 9 - U.S. 460 - 1/4 mile. Princeton is home to 6,243 residents. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 9 - U.S. 460 - Princeton. The business district is less than two miles to the west. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 77 North is now on the West Virginia Turnpike as the first warning of the first service plaza is posted eight miles prior to the stop. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The Tamarack is now 35 miles ahead. There are signs posted at regular intervals about how long it is to the turnpike attraction. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 77 North at mile marker 11. Charleston is 86 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 14 - County Route 7 TO West Virginia 20 - 2 miles. County Route 7 meets the state highway 3.4 miles to the east in Athens (pop. 1,091). (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 14 - County Route 7 TO West Virginia 20 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Athens is home to Concord University, a four-year public university. Use County Route 7 east and West Virginia 20 north to the Pipestem Resort State Park. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 14 - County Route 7 TO West Virginia 20 - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The first travel plaza of the West Virginia Turnpike is now four miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 14 - County Route 7 TO West Virginia 20 - Athens Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching the Mercer County travel plaza - 2 miles. The next plaza is at Exit 45 next to the Tamarack. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 and the West Virginia Turnpike are known for many curves in the road as the toll road snakes its way through the mountains of southern West Virginia. These large advisory signs are a common sight on the turnpike. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching the Mercer County travel plaza - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching the Mercer County travel plaza - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North at the Mercer County travel plaza. A weigh station is also located here. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 20 - U.S. 19 - 2 miles. U.S. 19 closely parallels Interstate 77 between Princeton and Beckley. Exit 20 is the only point where the two highways intersect. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 20 - U.S. 19 - 1 mile. Camp Creek is just to the south of this interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use U.S. 19 South to the Camp Creek State Park and Forest. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 20 - U.S. 19 - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 20 - U.S. 19 - Camp Creek. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North as it reaches Flat Top between exit 20 and 28. The sign was bent towards the opposite direction, but it appears that this is 3,253 feet above sea level. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 28 - County Route 48 - 2 miles. Interstate 77 enters Raleigh County within one mile of this advance sign. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching the first toll plaza - 2 1/2 miles. Three toll plazas are located along the turnpike. At the time we were here, the 2 axle toll was $1.25 per plaza, but is set to go to $2 per plaza effective January 1, 2006. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 28 - County Route 48 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 28 - County Route 48 - 1/2 mile. Ghent and Flat Top are communities located on U.S. 19. The Winterplace Ski Resort is set just east of Ghent and Flat Top. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 28 - County Route 48 - Ghent/Flat Top. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
This blurry picture shows that motorists with an E-ZPass transponder in their car should use the lanes marked for E-ZPass use, and also that cash will not be taken in those lanes. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching the first toll plaza - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The speed limit falls to 35 as the first toll plaza of the West Virginia Turnpike comes into view. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The first toll plaza of the West Virginia Turnpike. Just one lane was marked as an E-ZPass only lane on this July morning. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 77 North just past the toll plaza. Interstate 64 is seven miles ahead, and will duplex with Interstate 77 to Charleston. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 40 - Interstate 64 East - 2 miles. Interstate 64 is the main east-west interstate through West Virginia, connecting Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, and Lewisburg. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 40 - Interstate 64 East - 1 mile. Signage related to the Interstate 64 junction retains its original button copy. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Interstate 64 East to east Beckley. The city of Beckley has a population of 16,994, which makes it the 8th largest city in the state. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North approaching Exit 40 - Interstate 64 East - 1/4 mile. Lewisburg is 52 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 77 North at Exit 40 - Interstate 64 East - Lewisburg. If one continues past Lewisburg, they will reach Richmond 255 miles from this interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The next three interchanges serve Beckley. The first exit is Exit 42 (Robert C. Byrd Drive) in 2 1/2 miles. Interstate 64 merges onto the turnpike ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 77
U.S. 460 East approaching Interstate 77 South in Princeton. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
U.S. 460 East at Interstate 77 South - Bluefield. Another way to Bluefield is to turn around and head west on U.S. 460, which will lead to the city in 14 miles. It is almost exactly the same distance via Interstate 77 South and U.S. 52. (Photo taken 7/8/05)

U.S. 460 East at Interstate 77 North - Beckley. U.S. 460 is the southern terminus of the West Virginia Turnpike. If continuing on U.S. 460, the highway will re-enter Virginia in 12 miles and will enter Pearlsburg in 24 miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)

Page created: December 20, 2005
Last updated: December 23, 2005