Location & Maps
Rich Mountain Battlefield is several miles west of Beverly, West Virginia.
Beverly is 6 miles south of Elkins on US Route 219/250
Elkins is a small city in the Appalachian highlands of east-central West Virginia.
West Virginia is an inland state in the eastern, mid-Atlantic part of the United States.
To reach Rich Mountain Battlefield from the East: (Beverly)
Turn off Rt 250 west onto Rich Mountain Road. Follow the RMBF signs 5 miles to the Battlefield, at the very top of the mountain pass. (Much of this road is gravel-surfaced.). Continue following Rich Mountain Road another 1 1/2 miles further west to the bottom of the mountain to see the Camp Garnett area.
To reach the site from the West (Rt 33):
At the Norton Exit off Rt 33 (1.4 miles east of the stoplight intersection with Rt 250) turn right onto Rt 151. When Rt 151 comes to a T-intersection, turn right and cross the bridge. Just across the bridge, turn left to Norton. Continue 4 miles, then turn left toward Mabie. Continue an additional 2 miles, then bear left onto Rich Mountain Road. Continue about 1.5 miles to Field of Fire Park and Camp Garnett. The battlefield lies another 1.5 miles further, at the peak of the road pass.
To get to the Beverly Heritage Center in Beverly:
The Beverly Heritage Center in Beverly has information and a museum exhibit for Rich Mountain Battlefield. To get to the Beverly Heritage Center, take Rt 250/219 5 miles south from Elkins. Once in Beverly turn east at the town square at the intersection of Rt 250 and the Files Creek Road (one block south of the battlefield sign at Rich Mountain Road) Beverly Heritage Center is across from the Town Square, with parking and entrance behind the buildings.
This historical map shows the area of the Rich Mountain Battle. The battle was fought between the town of Beverly and the "To Buckhannon" legend, where the turnpike crosses Rich Mountain
Now the largest city in Randolph County, Elkins was known as "Leadsville" in 1861. At the time, it was little more that a cluster of small farmhouses and outbuildings. Today it is the county seat and location of most stores, motels, and other facilities.
Beverly was the social center of the region, from early National times. Today, though, it is a small, quiet village.