|The New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. (New York Times photo by Tony Cenicola)|
|Davis, in Tucker County (Wikipedia)|
Three miles away, the town of Thomas, pop. 600, also attracts tourists. Thomas is a bit artsier, boasting art galleries, coffee houses, breweries, and folk music festivals. And a bit larger at 3,000 people, nearby Fayetteville capitalizes on its proximity to the New River Gorge to bring in white-water rafting and kayaking enthusiasts.
Though the towns seem remote, they're only a few hours away from some of the most populous parts of the U.S. "For outdoor enthusiasts in this radius looking for a weekend trip, the hilly terrain around the towns is some of the best in the area," Montague writes.