An introduction to Petersburg: a HubCAP Mon Forest Towns community

The community of Petersburg plans to utilize the area’s incredible landscape to grow its recreational tourism economy and support local businesses.

BY STACY THOMAS, COMMUNITY COACHING PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE, THE HUB, AND CARLA KAPOSY, HUBCAP TEAM MEMBER, PETERSBURG

Six communities are participating in The Hub’s HubCAP (Communities of Achievement Program) initiative which focuses on Mon Forest Town communities in its latest iteration. Petersburg is the northernmost of the six communities, taking part as the gateway to the Monongahela Forest from DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia. Petersburg team member and business owner, Carla Kaposy, shared a few words to introduce her community:

Outdoor recreation is what defines Petersburg! Visitors and locals alike spend their days kayaking and swimming in the rivers and streams surrounding our community in Grant County. The Mon Forest provides so many possibilities for outdoor adventure, from hiking and rock climbing, to camping and fishing. Our area has some unique assets that attract visitors not only from our region, but from around the entire country, like the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area with its extensive hiking trails, blueberry and huckleberry picking, and fantastic views. Nearby, Smoke Hole Caverns offers the World’s Largest Ribbon Stalactite, a huge gift shop, and plenty of cabins for travellers to unwind. Unique to our area is the Eastern Soaring Center, offering scenic glider winch launches that give a 360-degree view of the valley while floating as high as 2500 feet above the ground.  

A short drive on our beautiful mountain roads will quickly get you to Seneca Rocks or Nelson Rocks Outdoor Adventures for zip lining and rock climbing. Swilled Dog Cidery and West Virginia’s highest point, Spruce Knob, are also nearby.  

We have abundant outdoor resources, as many flock to our area to enjoy more of the great outdoors. We are looking forward to expanding on the tremendous assets that the river and forest have to offer while being good stewards to our land, wildlife, air, and water that we have come to know and love. Our team is focused on attracting more visitors to stay and spend time in Petersburg when they visit the Mon; we hope to do this by growing our tourism assets in town through business growth and development. We also plan to work with our partners at WVU to help address some landscape design challenges and improve the aesthetics in our community. Petersburg has an active and committed team that is looking forward to many wins and accomplishments throughout this process.


Stacy Thomas is The Hub’s Community Coaching Programs Associate. You can reach her at s.thomas@wvhub.org.

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