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Aurora is an unincorporated community in Preston County, West Virginia in the northeastern part of the state. Aurora was originally a German settlement called Salem and later, Mount Carmel. In the late 1880s the community became known as a resort town thanks to several large hotels which were built in the area. Some of these hotels featured casinos, pools, and concert halls. In the 1930s an artist colony formed in the nearby Youghiogheny Forest area. Aurora is located on U.S. Route 50 between the Maryland state line and the town of Rowlesburg. Cathedral State Park is located to the east of Auroras post office, and is home to the largest virgin timber tract remaining in the state of West Virginia. It is a mixed forest of predominantly eastern hemlock and has been designated a National Natural Landmark. Aurora, within Preston County, is situated at the tip of the Monongahela National Forest. The wild Cheat River flows through the middle of the county and rolling farmlands complete the picture that makes up this picturesque landscape. Some of the recreational activities available here include whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, golf, fishing and boating, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Aurora offers big-city amenities amid one of the most secluded and naturally beautiful areas in the nation.

Surrounding areas: Terra Alta, West Virginia (8.3 mi), Kingwood, West Virginia (12.3 mi), Canaan Valley, West Virginia (15.4 mi), Hazelton, West Virginia (22.8 mi), Grafton, West Virginia (24.9 mi), Morgantown, West Virginia (30.1 mi), Union, West Virginia (30.2 mi)

Aurora Vacation Rentals

Aurora Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alpine VillageRt 6Oakland, MD9.8 mi.(301) 387-5534
Oak Land Motel435 N Third StOakland, MD9.8 mi.(301) 334-2171
Town Motel243 N 3RD StOakland, MD10.2 mi.(301) 334-3955
Heldreth MotelRt 26 S Pob 564Kingwood, WV12.3 mi.(304) 329-1145
Beaver Ridge Condo's-ash & Beach LodgeRt 1Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4572
Best Western Alpine LodgeRt 32 Williams AveDavis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 259-5245
Blackwater Falls State ParkBlackwater Falls RdDavis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 259-5216
Bright Morning InnWilliamson AveDavis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 259-5119
Canaan Valley ResortHC70 Box 330Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4121
Canaan Valley State Park - LodgeBox 330Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4121
Canaan VillageHC 70 Box 190Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4166
Land Of Canaan Vacation ResortHC 70Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4788
Mountain Aire LodgeDavis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 259-5211
Timberline Four Seasons ResortHC 70 Box 488Davis, WV14.3 mi.(304) 866-4801
Tucker Country InnParsons, WV17.1 mi.(304) 478-2100
Comfort Inn-deep Creek2704 Deep CRK DrMC Henry, MD19.2 mi.(301) 387-4200
Innlet Moter Lodge2001 Deep CRK DrMchenry, MD19.4 mi.(301) 387-5596
Innlet Motor LodgeDeep CRK DrMchenry, MD19.4 mi.(301) 387-5596
Royal Oaks InnHCR 2 Deep CRK DrMchenry, MD19.4 mi.(301) 387-4200
Wisp Resort HotelMarsh HL RdMchenry, MD19.4 mi.(301) 387-5581
Panorama Motel & Efficiency921 Mosser RdMchenry, MD20.1 mi.(301) 387-5230
Keysers Ridge Auto Truck Stop IncUS Rt 40 & US Rt 29Accident, MD24.5 mi.(301) 746-8710
Yough Valley Motel & Restaurant138 Walnut StFriendsville, MD24.9 mi.(301) 746-5836
Tygart Lake State Park LodgeRt 1 Box 260Grafton, WV24.9 mi.(304) 265-6144
Super 8 Motel PhilippiPhilippi, WV28.6 mi.(304) 457-5888
Super 8 MotelPhilippi, WV28.6 mi.(304) 457-5888
Mid Town Motel300 Crim AveBelington, WV29.6 mi.(304) 823-2330
Holiday Motel1712 Mileground RdMorgantown, WV29.8 mi.(304) 292-3303

Aurora Weather & Climate

Northeastern West Virginia has a four-season, mountainous climate. Due to its high elevation, this region has a somewhat cooler, moister climate than surrounding areas at lower altitudes. Summers are mild and humid with high temperatures ranging from the 60s to low 70s F. Summer low temperatures average 50-55 F, although temperatures below freezing have been recorded in every month of the year. Winters are typically cold and snowy. The elevation allows it to receive significant upslope snow, particularly during prolonged periods of northwesterly winds coming off the Great Lakes. Located along the spine of the central Appalachian Mountains, this region is often near the southwestern extreme of Nor'easters, getting significant snowfall from strong, Atlantic moisture-laden, easterly winds. Annual snowfall averages 160 inches. Nearly all snow falls from October through April.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 19°F 4.36 in. -
February 41°F 20°F 4.01 in. -
March 51°F 27°F 4.62 in. -
April 62°F 36°F 4.70 in. -
May 72°F 46°F 5.23 in. -
June 79°F 55°F 5.49 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 5.90 in. -
August 81°F 59°F 4.64 in. -
September 75°F 52°F 4.15 in. -
October 65°F 40°F 3.78 in. -
November 53°F 31°F 4.41 in. -
December 42°F 23°F 4.40 in. -

Aurora Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Morgantown Municipal Walter L Bill Hart Field (MGW) located about 29 miles northwest of Aurora in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Grant County airport (W99) located approximately 31 miles southeast of Aurora in Petersburg, West Virginia, the Harrison Marion Regional airport (CKB) located roughly 36 miles west of Aurora in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the Greater Cumberland Regional airport (CBE) located around 46 miles east of Aurora in Cumberland, Maryland, the Arnold Palmer Regional airport (LBE) located about 66 miles north of Aurora in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the Washington County airport (AFJ) located approximately 68 miles northwest of Aurora in Washington, Pennsylvania, and finally the Allegheny County airport (AGC) located roughly 73 miles northwest of Aurora in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Aurora Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Idlewild ParkLigonierPA65.7 mi.
Kennywood ParkWest MifflinPA73.7 mi.
Water Parks
Sandcastle Water ParkPittsburghPA80.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Preston Country ClubKingwoodWV12.1 mi.
Holly Meadows Golf CourseParsonsWV17.5 mi.
Tygart Lake Public Golf CourseGraftonWV24.4 mi.
Salem Country ClubSalemWV26.0 mi.
Barbour Country ClubPhilippiWV28.6 mi.
Mountaineer Golf & Country ClubMorgantownWV29.4 mi.
Paradise Lake Golf CourseMorgantownWV29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD19.4 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA54.3 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA70.8 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA89.2 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA92.8 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA94.6 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA105.6 mi.
State Parks
Cathedral State ParkWV1.4 mi. 
Herrington Manor State ParkMD10.3 mi. 
Swallow Falls State ParkMD13.5 mi. 
Blackwater Falls State ParkWV15.2 mi. 
Canaan Valley State ParkWV21.6 mi. 
Tygart Lake State ParkWV24.1 mi. 
Big Run State ParkMD27.1 mi. 
Mont Chateau State ParkWV27.2 mi. 
Valley Falls State ParkWV28.4 mi. 
Pricketts Fort State ParkWV31.3 mi. 
Audra State ParkWV33.4 mi. 
Casselman Bridge State ParkMD33.6 mi. 
Fort Necessity State ParkPA33.6 mi. 
Braddock Grave State ParkPA35.0 mi. 
Dans Mountain State ParkMD35.9 mi. 
Ohiopyle State ParkPA36.3 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA78.1 mi.
Oglebay's Good ZooWheelingWV80.4 mi.
Pittsburgh ZooPittsburghPA80.6 mi.
National Aviary in PittsburghPittsburghPA80.6 mi.
The WildsCumberlandOH117.8 mi.

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