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Glen-Jean is a small community located in Fayette County in southern West Virginia. At one time, the town was a center for the coal mining industry and a railroad junction, formerly boasting an opera house, several hotels and a company store. Much of the town has disappeared since the decline of the coal boom. One of the remaining structures, the Bank of Glen Jean, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Presently, Glen Jean is the headquarters of the New River Gorge National River, located across the street from the bank, which now functions as a visitor center. Other nearby attractions include the Gauley River National Recreation Area and the Bluestone National Scenic River. The Gauley River National Recreation Area protects a 25-mile portion of the Gauley River and a 5-mile segment of the Meadow River. Little of the park is accessible via roads; one must travel via the river. Thousands of whitewater enthusiasts come to the Gauley River every autumn. Dropping more than 668 feet through 28 miles of rugged terrain, the Gauley Rivers complex stretch of whitewater features more than 100 rapids with a steep gradient, technical runs, an incredible volume of water and huge waves. Its vigorous rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility combine to make Gauley River one of the premier whitewater runs in the world. The upper Gauley offers class III to V drops in steep, turbulent chutes. This section of the river requires experience and minimum age of 16. The lower Gauley is a 12-mile stretch, rated class III to V and requires a minimum age of 12-14.

Surrounding areas: Oak Hill, West Virginia (3.8 mi), Fayetteville, West Virginia (9.1 mi), Beckley, West Virginia (9.8 mi), Glade Springs, West Virginia (15.2 mi), Hico, West Virginia (15.4 mi), Glen Ferris, West Virginia (16.1 mi), Sandstone, West Virginia (17.7 mi)

Glen Jean Vacation Rentals

Glen Jean Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americas Best Value Inn127 Ontario DrMount Hope, WV2.3 mi.(304) 877-6455
Super 8 Motel No 140509020 Fayette Landings Shopping CenterOak Hill, WV3.2 mi.(304) 465-0010
Super 89020 Fayette LandingOak Hill, WV3.2 mi.(304) 465-0010
Holiday Inn Oak Hill340 Oyler AveOak Hill, WV4.1 mi.(304) 465-0571
Quality Inn New River GorgeUs Rt 19 And Laurel Creek RdFayetteville, WV9.1 mi.(304) 574-3443
Country Inn & Suites2120 Harper RdBeckley, WV9.8 mi.(304) 252-5100
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites114 Dry Hill RdBeckley, WV9.8 mi.(304) 252-2250
Hampton Inn Beckley110 Harper Park DrBeckley, WV9.9 mi.(304) 252-2121
Microtel Inn2130 Harper RdBeckley, WV9.9 mi.(304) 256-2000
Super 8 Motel2014 Harper RdBeckley, WV9.9 mi.(304) 253-0802
Comfort Inn1909 Harper RdBeckley, WV10.0 mi.(304) 255-2161
Days Inn Of Beckley300 Harper Park DrBeckley, WV10.0 mi.(304) 255-5291
Howard Johnson1907 Harper RdBeckley, WV10.0 mi.(304) 255-5900
Quality Inn Beckley1924 Harper RdBeckley, WV10.0 mi.(304) 255-1511
Courtyard Beckley124 Hylton LnBeckley, WV10.1 mi.(800) 321-2211
Fairfield Inn125 Hylton LnBeckley, WV10.1 mi.(304) 252-8661
Sleep Inn Motel1124 Airport RdBeaver, WV11.9 mi.(304) 255-4222
Glade Springs Resort Buildings A-h3000 LK DrDaniels, WV12.8 mi.(304) 763-2000
Dawson Inn2625 Lawn RdMeadow Bridge, WV16.8 mi.(304) 392-6661
J K L M Inn301 Boone StWhitesville, WV21.0 mi.(304) 854-0784
Ponderosa LodgeRt 60 & Rt 2Rainelle, WV21.1 mi.(304) 438-7113
Rainelle Motor Lodge906 Main StRainelle, WV21.4 mi.(304) 438-8571
Appalachian Resort InnFlattop MTN RdGhent, WV21.5 mi.(304) 787-5559
Knights Inn300 Odd Rd I77 Exit 28Ghent, WV21.5 mi.(304) 787-3250
Bluestone State ParkHC 85 Box 3Hinton, WV22.5 mi.(304) 466-2805
Summersville Motor InnMT Nebo, WV25.3 mi.(304) 872-5151
Pipestem State ParkPipestem, WV28.4 mi.(304) 466-1800
Pence Springs LodgeRt 3Pence Springs, WV28.9 mi.(304) 445-2606
Best Western Summersville Lake Motor Lodge1203 S Broad StSummersville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 872-6900
Country Inn & Suites106 Merchants WalkSummersville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 872-0555
Mountain State MotelSummersville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 872-2702
Sleep Inn701 Professional Park DrSummersville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 872-4500
Super 8 Motel-summersville306 Merchants WalkSummersville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 872-4888
Bed & Breakfast
Glen Ferris InnRt 60 EGlen Ferris, WV16.1 mi.(304) 632-1111

Glen Jean Weather & Climate

South Central West Virginia is dominated by a humid continental climate, due to its geographical location in the higher elevations. Summers are very warm and humid and winters are cold and snowy. The humid continental climate is marked by variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Summers are often warm and humid with frequent thunderstorms and winters can be very cold with frequent snowfall and persistent snow cover. The seasonal temperature variance is typically 25-35C (45-63F) and increases as one moves further inland. Places with at least four months of average daily temperatures above 10 C (50 F) and at least one month below 0 C (32 F) or -3 C (26.6 F) depending on source, and which do not meet the criteria for an arid or semiarid climate, are classified as humid continental.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 21°F 3.63 in. -
February 43°F 23°F 3.20 in. -
March 53°F 30°F 3.99 in. -
April 63°F 39°F 3.94 in. -
May 71°F 47°F 4.51 in. -
June 78°F 55°F 4.27 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 5.29 in. -
August 80°F 59°F 4.06 in. -
September 74°F 52°F 3.52 in. -
October 64°F 41°F 3.05 in. -
November 54°F 33°F 3.28 in. -
December 44°F 25°F 3.47 in. -

Glen Jean Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Raleigh County Memorial airport (BKW) located about 9 miles south of Glen Jean in Beckley, West Virginia, the Yeager airport (CRW) located approximately 39 miles northwest of Glen Jean in Charleston, West Virginia, the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located roughly 41 miles east of Glen Jean in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and finally the New River Valley airport (PSK) located around 60 miles south of Glen Jean in Dublin, Virginia.

Glen Jean Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Camden ParkHuntingtonWV78.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Bridge Haven Golf ClubFayettevilleWV9.0 mi.
Saddlebred Golf ClubBeckleyWV10.9 mi.
Beaver Creek Golf ClubBeaverWV12.9 mi.
Grandview Country ClubBeaverWV12.9 mi.
Hawks Nest State Park Golf CourseGauley BridgeWV16.3 mi.
Greenbrier Hills Golf ClubRainelleWV21.4 mi.
WillowWood Country ClubHintonWV23.1 mi.
Nicholas Memorial Golf CourseSummersvilleWV29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
WinterplaceFlat TopWV23.4 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV51.4 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA72.0 mi.
State Parks
Grandview State ParkWV7.7 mi. 
Babcock State ParkWV10.8 mi. 
Little Beaver State ParkWV13.4 mi. 
Hawks Nest State ParkWV13.6 mi. 
Sandstone Falls State ParkWV18.3 mi. 
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State ParkWV22.4 mi. 
Bluestone State ParkWV25.0 mi. 
Twin Falls State ParkWV25.6 mi. 
Pipestem State ParkWV28.8 mi. 
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and MuseumBeckleyWV10.5 mi.(History)
West Virginia State MuseumCharlestonWV39.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA80.2 mi.

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