U.S. Route 50 in West Virginia

U.S. Route 50 (US 50) in West Virginia runs from the border with Ohio to Virginia, passing briefly through Garrett County, Maryland, and following the Northwestern Turnpike. Prior to the U.S. Highway System it was West Virginia Route 1 and in the 1930s, the road was not finished in Maryland. Today the section of US 50 from Clarksburg to Parkersburg on the Ohio River is part of Corridor D of the Appalachian Development Highway System.

U.S. Route 50 marker

U.S. Route 50

U.S. Route 50 in West Virginia, in red
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length196.20 mi[1] (315.75 km)
Western section
West end US 50 / SR 32 in Belpre, OH
Major intersections
East end US 50 near Brookside
Eastern section
West end US 50 in Gormania
Major intersections US 220 in New Creek
East end US 50 towards Winchester, VA
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountiesWood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Preston; Grant, Mineral, Hampshire
Highway system
WV 49 WV 51

Between Parkersburg and Wolf Summit, Route 50 roughly parallels the North Bend Rail Trail and crosses the trail at three places.[2]

Route description


Western segment


US 50 crosses the Ohio River on a bridge, with Blennerhassett Island in the middle of the river. It continues as a freeway with two interchanges at Route 892, and runs concurrently with Route 68 starting at the second interchange up to where it exits and heads into downtown Parkersburg. US 50 stays on the southern shore of the Little Kanawha River, intersecting Route 14 and then after crossing the river, Route 47 and Route 618 before becoming a divided expressway at the I-77 interchange. US 50 then briefly turns south before heading east through the forest. South of Deerwalk, the route runs concurrently with Route 31 for a few miles. In Ellenboro, US 50 has an interchange with Route 16, providing access into the town; an intersection with Route 74 does the same for Pennsboro, and several miles later, Route 18 for West Union. Route 23 intersects the highway west of East Salem and Bristol.[3]

Upon entering Clarksburg, there is a diamond interchange with US 19 and Route 20 before US 50 passes through the town as a freeway, with several interchanges, including another with Route 20. After an interchange with I-79, US 50 becomes Main Street, passing through the city of Bridgeport and intersecting Route 131 and passing south of the North Central West Virginia Airport. The route intersects Route 279 and then runs concurrently with US 250 until just before US 50 enters Fetterman and then Grafton. US 50 intersects US 119 in the eastern part of the city before continuing east through Thornton and curving through the mountains to Evansville. Route 92 briefly runs concurrently with the highway, and Route 26 intersects the route near Fellowsville. After several miles through the forest, Route 72 briefly runs concurrently with the highway before US 50 continues east into Aurora and intersects Route 24. Then, US 50 crosses into Maryland.[3]

Eastern segment

View east along US 50 east of WV 93 in Claysville, Mineral County
View west along US 50 and north along US 220 (Northwestern Pike) near Paterson Creek in Burlington, Mineral County

US 50 crosses back into West Virginia over the north bank of the Potomac River. After passing through Gormania, the highway continues through the forest, and runs concurrently with Route 42 from near Mount Storm to near Hartmansville. Near Claysville, the route intersects Route 93, and Route 972 intersect US 50 near New Creek. US 220 runs concurrently with US 50 through Ridgeville, Markwood, and Burlington. At Junction, US 220 splits off to the south, and Route 28 continues east with US 50 through Mechanicsburg and through the river plain. In the town of Romney, US 50 goes through downtown, while Route 28 continues north. The highway goes through Shanks and Frenchburg, as well as Augusta; Route 29 runs concurrently through Pleasantdale. US 50 continues east through Hanging Rock and Loom, crossing the Cacapon River in Capon Bridge. US 50 then continues into Virginia.[4]

US 50 eastbound at WV 29 near Pleasantdale

Water crossings


Historic sites

Saddle Mountain at sunrise, as viewed from Skyline atop the Allegheny Front along U.S. 50 in West Virginia

Mineral County


Hampshire County


Major intersections

US 50 west to SR 7 / SR 32 – Athens, Belpre
Ohio state line (Blennerhassett Island Bridge over Ohio River)
  WV 892 (Dupont Road) – Washingtoninterchange
  CR 34/4 (River Hill Road)interchange
WV 68 south – Ravenswood
interchange; west end of WV 68 overlap
Marrtown  CR 9 (Marrtown Road)interchange
WV 68 north (Juliana Street) – Downtown Parkersburg
interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of WV 68 overlap
Parkersburg  WV 14 (Division Street) – Downtown Parkersburginterchange
  WV 47 (Staunton Avenue)interchange
  WV 618 (7th Street)interchange
   I-77 / WV 2 – Marietta, OH, CharlestonI-77 exit 176
  WV 31 north / CR 50/16 (Riser Ridge Road) – Deerwalk
west end of WV 31 overlap
WV 31 south – Cairo
east end of WV 31 overlap
Ellenboro  WV 16 – Ellenboro, Harrisvilleinterchange
Pennsboro  WV 74 – Pennsboro, Pullman
Doddridge  WV 18 – West Union, Glenville
Harrison  WV 23 – Alma, Salem, Fort New Salem, Salem International University
East SalemDowntown Salem (CR 50/73)interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Clarksburg   US 19 / WV 20 (West Pike Street)interchange
West Virginia Avenue / Sycamore Streetinterchange
Chestnut Streetinterchange
3rd Street / 2nd Street - Downtown Clarksburginterchange
  WV 20 (Joyce Street)interchange
  I-79 – Fairmont, CharlestonI-79 exit 119
WV 58 west (Virginia Avenue) to I-79
  WV 131 north (Benedum Drive) – Airport
WV 76 east – Flemington
WV 279 west to I-79
US 250 north – Fairmont
west end of US 250 overlap
US 250 south – Elkins
east end of US 250 overlap
WV 310 north – Valley Falls State Park
  US 119
WV 92 north – Arthurdale, Reedsville
west end of WV 92 overlap
WV 92 south – Nestorville, Belington
east end of WV 92 overlap
WV 26 north – Kingwood
WV 72 south – Parsons
west end of WV 72 overlap
WV 72 north – Rowlesburg
east end of WV 72 overlap
WV 24 south – Thomas
US 50 east (George Washington Highway)
US 50 passes through Maryland
US 50 west (George Washington Highway)
North Branch Potomac RiverGormania Bridge
WV 90 south – Thomas
Mount Storm 
WV 42 south – Petersburg
west end of WV 42 overlap
WV 42 north – Elk Garden, Jennings Randolph Lake
east end of WV 42 overlap
WV 93 west – Scherr
west end of WV 93 overlap
New Creek 
WV 93 east to US 220 north – Keyser
east end of WV 93 overlap
US 220 north – Keyser
west end of US 220 overlap
US 220 south / WV 28 south – Moorefield
east end of US 220 overlap; west end of WV 28 overlap
WV 28 north
east end of WV 28 overlap
WV 29 north – Paw Paw
west end of WV 29 overlap
WV 29 south – Baker
east end of WV 29 overlap
US 50 east – Winchester
Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Planning Network GIS data version 2005.08
  2. ^ West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 1997. ISBN 0-89933-246-3. OCLC 36832284.
  3. ^ a b Google (December 25, 2013). "US 50 West Virginia, western part" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  4. ^ Google (December 25, 2013). "US 50 West Virginia eastern portion" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 25, 2013.
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