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Interstate 79 West Virginia
Northbound - Interstate 77 to Weston

Highway Information

Miles 160.52
Counties Traveled
Through
Kanawha, Roane,
Clay, Braxton,
Lewis, Harrison,
Marion, Monongalia
Cities Charleston, Weston,
Clarksburg, Fairmont,
Morgantown
Major Junctions Interstate 77

Interstate 68
(Exit 148)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
161 (100%)
Southern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 77
Northern End of
Interstate Driven
Pennsylvania
State Line

Pictures

Northbound:

Interstate 77 to Weston

Weston to Pennsylvania State Line

Interstate 79 North
Interstate 79 North assurance shield as the interstate begins its 343-mile trip through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Many Interstate 79 assurance shields have the state name in them. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 1 - U.S. 119 - 1 1/2 miles. U.S. 119 and Interstate 79 run nearly side-by-side between Interstate 77 and Exit 19. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 1 - U.S. 119 - 1 mile. The federal highway runs along Pennsylvania Avenue through east Charleston. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 1 - U.S. 119 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 1 - U.S. 119 - Mink Shoals. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 5 - West Virginia 114 - 2 miles. The state highway has its northern terminus at this interchange and provides an alternate to U.S. 119 between Charleston and Big Chimney. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 5 - West Virginia 114 - 1 mile. U.S. 119 intersects the state highway one mile to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 5 - West Virginia 114 - 1/4 mile. County Route 27 (Mile Fork Road) continues the path left behind by West Virginia 114. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 5 - West Virginia 114 - Big Chimney. The community is located at the intersection of U.S. 119 and West Virginia 114. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Two looks from the Exit 5 off-ramp. County Route 45 intersects West Virginia 114 just off to the right. (Photos taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 9 - County Route 43 - 2 miles. Frame Road begins at U.S. 119 in Elkview 1.3 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 9 - County Route 43 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 9 - County Route 43 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 9 - County Route 43/Frame Road - Elkview. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 19 - U.S. 119 - 2 miles. The interchange does not serve the federal highway directly; one must use Bufflick Road for a short length to make the connection. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 19 - U.S. 119 - 1 mile. U.S. 119 heads due north here away from the interstate but will meet Interstate 79 again in Weston at Exit 99. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 19 - U.S. 119 - 1/2 mile. Clendenin (pop. 1,070) is three miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 19 - U.S. 119 - Clendenin. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 25 - County Route 29 - 2 miles. This is the first of two interchanges in Roane County. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 25 - County Route 29 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 25 - County Route 29 - 1/4 mile. Amma is just to the south of this interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 25 - County Route 29 - Amma. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 34 - West Virginia 36 - 2 miles. West Virginia 36 constitutes 36.2 miles of twisty roadway from West Virginia 4 near Clay to U.S. 119 in Spencer. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 34 - West Virginia 36 - 1 mile. The community of Left Hand is located on the state highway 10 miles to the northwest. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 34 - West Virginia 36 - 1/4 mile. Clay (pop. 586) lies 12 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 34 - West Virginia 36 - Wallback/Clay. The interchange is within one-quarter mile of the Roane-Clay county line. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 40 - West Virginia 16 - 2 miles. Exit 40 makes up the only Clay County interchange along Interstate 79. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 40 - West Virginia 16 - 1 mile. West Virginia 16 is a lengthy north-south state highway that covers three states. Upon leaving the Mountain State, West Virginia 16 becomes Virginia 16, then eventually becomes North Carolina 16. West Virginia 16 meets its northern terminus at West Virginia 2 in St. Marys along the shores of the Ohio River, just shy of reaching the state of Ohio. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 40 - West Virginia 16 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 40 - West Virginia 16 - Big Otter. Interstate 79 will enter Braxton County in five miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 46 - County Route 11 - 2 miles. Servia-Elmira Road connects the two communities in western Braxton County. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 46 - County Route 11 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 46 - County Route 11 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 46 - County Route 11/Servia-Elmira Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The first rest area of Interstate 79 northbound is located at mile marker 49, two miles from this first sign. Also visible is mile marker 47. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Travel information is also available at the Braxton County rest area, now one mile away. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at the Braxton County rest area. The next rest area is 35 miles ahead just over the Braxton-Lewis county line. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 51 - West Virginia 4 - 2 miles. The rest area is on the right. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 51 - West Virginia 4 - 1 mile. The state highway follows the curvatures of the Elk River between Clendenin and Sutton. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 51 - West Virginia 4 - 1/4 mile. Frametown is located one mile to the north of Exit 51. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 51 - West Virginia 4 - Frametown. Interstate 79 and West Virginia 4 will meet again at Exit 62. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 57 - U.S. 19 South - 2 miles. This is the first major junction of Interstate 79's northbound trek. The interstate travels mostly east-west between Charleston and U.S. 19 but curves to the north after this interchange. U.S. 19 provides a four-lane shortcut between Beckley (at the junction of Interstate 64 and Interstate 77) and Interstate 79. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Summersville, the seat of Nicholas County and well-known speed trap, is 28 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 57 - U.S. 19 South - 1 mile. Beckley is 74 miles away via U.S. 19; if you took Interstate 77 and Interstate 79 between Beckley and this point, it would take 119 miles, which includes a trip through Charleston and two stops at toll plazas on the West Virginia Turnpike. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 57 - U.S. 19 South - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 South at Exit 57 - U.S. 19 South - Beckley. Other cities between Interstate 79 and Beckley include Birch River, Fayetteville, and Oak Hill. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North assurance shields immediately after Exit 57. The two highways duplex until Exit 67. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 turns to the north for the first time since its southern terminus as the two-mile advance signage for Exit 62 passes by. For Interstate 79 motorists, this is the second time in 11 miles that they have seen West Virginia 4. For those following U.S. 19, the federal highway will share a duplex with the state highway from Flatwoods to two miles north of Ireland. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North approaching Exit 62 - West Virginia 4 - 1 mile. Sutton is home to 1,004 people and is the seat of Braxton County. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North approaching Exit 62 - West Virginia 4 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North at Exit 62 - West Virginia 4 - Sutton/Gassaway. Head east on West Virginia 4 to Sutton; go west to the town of Gassaway (pop. 890). (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North approaching Exit 67 - U.S. 19/West Virginia 15 - 2 miles. West Virginia 15 begins at West Virginia 4 one mile to the south of Exit 67. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use West Virginia 15 east to the Sutton Lake Recreation Area. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North approaching Exit 67 - U.S. 19/West Virginia 15 - 1 mile. Just off to the right is where the western terminus of West Virginia 15 is located. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North approaching Exit 67 - U.S. 19/West Virginia 15 - 1/4 mile. The town of Flatwoods has a population of 356 according to a 2004 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 and U.S. 19 North at Exit 67 - U.S. 19 North/West Virginia 15 East - Flatwoods. U.S. 19 heads east for a spell before heading north along the road seen in the distance to the right. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 79 - West Virginia 5 - 2 miles. West Virginia 5 is actually just to the west of the interstate at Exit 79. The state highway meets its eastern terminus at U.S. 19 and West Virginia 4 nine miles south of Exit 79. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 79 - West Virginia 5 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use West Virginia 5 west for 17 miles to Glenville, seat of Gilmer County and home of Glenville State College. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 79 - West Virginia 5 - 1/4 mile. Burnsville has a population of 476. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 79 - West Virginia 5 - Burnsville/Glenville. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching the Lewis County rest area - 2 miles. The interstate skirts the Braxton-Gilmer county line briefly and enters Gilmer County for less than one-quarter mile. Interstate 79 then enters Lewis County just before the rest area. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching the Lewis County rest area - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North near the Lewis County rest area. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 91 - U.S. 19 - 2 miles. After deviating from the shadow of Interstate 79 for a while, U.S. 19 will stay within 15 miles of Interstate 79 from here until both highways' northern termini in Erie, Pennsylvania. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Lewis County is home to several lakes and resorts, including the Stonewall Jackson Lake Resort State Park. Use Exit 91 to the resort and Exit 96 to the lake and dam. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 91 - U.S. 19 - 1 mile. Roanoke, West Virginia, is four miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 91 - U.S. 19 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 91 - U.S. 19 - Roanoke. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 prepares to enter the city of Weston, which is served by the next two exits. Exit 99 (U.S. 33/U.S. 119) is to be used to Elkins (pop. 7,020), which is 37 miles to the east. Also use U.S. 33 East to various resort and ski areas in eastern West Virginia. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 96 - County Route 30 - 2 miles. County Route 30 meets U.S. 19 just north of Interstate 79, which takes a short easterly turn between exits 96 and 99. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Again, Weston is served by two exits; County Route 30/South Weston is Exit 96 in 1 3/4 miles, and U.S. 33/U.S. 119 is 4 1/4 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use County Route 30 south to the Stonewall Jackson Lake & Dam. The West Virginia University Jackson's Mill Center for Lifelong Learning is just off of U.S. 19 north of Weston. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 96 - County Route 30 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 96 - County Route 30 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 96 - County Route 30 - South Weston. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use U.S. 33 East and West Virginia 32 North to Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. Both are about 75 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 99 - U.S. 33/U.S. 119 - 2 miles. This is the western terminus of Appalachian Corridor "H", which will eventually become U.S. 48. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 99 - U.S. 33/U.S. 119 - 1 mile. The federal highways duplex for 81 miles between Spencer and Buckhannon. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The West Virginia Wesleyan College is located in Buckhannon, 12 miles to the east. Elkins is home of Davis & Elkins College. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North approaching Exit 99 - U.S. 33/U.S. 119 - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 79 North at Exit 99 - U.S. 33/U.S. 119 - Weston/Buckhannon. U.S. 33 is four-lane divided between Weston and Elkins. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 79
West Virginia 114 North at Interstate 79 North. This marks the northern terminus of the state highway, which meets U.S. 60 near the state capitol building in Charleston at its other end. (Photo taken 7/8/05)

Page created: December 23, 2005
Last updated: December 24, 2005