Navigating our remote and mountainous region of eastern West Virginia can be a challenge at times. We have put together a list of places to stay, campsites, stores and local amenities to help make your visit to the Green Bank area a little easier.
“Human beings are bioelectrical systems. Our hearts and brains are regulated by internal bioelectrical signals. Environmental exposures to artificial EMFs can interact with fundamental biological processes in the human body.”
~Cindy Sage, 2012 BioInitiative Report
ABOUT GREEN BANK, WEST VIRGINIA
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountain Range of Pocahontas County, Green Bank, West Virginia is located within the National Radio Quiet Zone. Radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law.
As of the 2010 census, the population is about 143. The area has a total of 3.27 square miles, and the adjoining towns to the north are Arbovale, Boyer, Bartow, Frank, and Durbin. To the northwest is Snowshoe, Linwood, Slatyfork. To the south is Dunmore, Frost, and Marlinton. To the east is Highland County in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Green Bank is at an elevation of 3,205 above sea level. We get an average of 43 inches of rain per year and in winter we get about 56 inches of snow.
There are about 156 days sunny days, and in July temperatures can range from 79-86F degrees.
Our region rarely has issues with mosquitos, black flies, or ticks, making it a pleasure to hike, camp, and spend time in the beautiful wild forests of Pocahontas County. Wild flowers grace the natural landscape, mixed stands of deciduous and evergreen trees create a dense green canopy, shrubs, ground covers, and moss makes our county magical.
Is it any wonder that Pocahontas County is called Nature’s Mountain Playground™?
ABOUT THE RADIO QUIET ZONE OF
Green Bank is home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.
From the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO):
“The Green Bank Telescope was designed and built by NRAO beginning observations in 2000. As of October 2016, it is now operated by the independent Green Bank Observatory.
Scientists come from around the world to use the Green Bank Telescope because it is the most accurate, versatile, large dish radio telescope in the world. Its suite of receivers covers 100MHz to 100 GHz in frequencies, its processors can spot a nanosecond timing differences in data, and it observes under radio-quiet skies. The GBT can be used to do chemistry, physics, radar revising, and astronomy and has no equal in the world.
More than 900 different scientists have used the GBT in the last five years, and there is only a one-in-four chance that a scientist’s research proposal will be chosen. The competition is high because this telescope is the best of its kind in the world.”