Pocahontas County, West Virginia

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Pocahontas County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 9,131. It was established in 1821 and is named in honor of the Native American princess, Pocahontas. Its county seat is Marlinton[1]. Pocahontas County is the home to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Green Bank Telescope and is part of the National Radio Quiet Zone.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 942 square miles (2,439 km²), of which 940 square miles (2,435 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.17%) is water.

The highest point is believed to be Thorny Flat on Cheat Mountain in the northwestern part of the county. At an estimated 4,848 feet (1,478 m), it is the second-highest summit in West Virginia.[citation needed]

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