Bruceton Mills

History of Bruceton Mills

Proudly named by settler John Hoffman for his stepfather, George Bruce, who was a descendant of the King of Scotland, Robert Bruce, Bruceton Mills was chartered in 1853. Bruceton Mills sits along the Big Sandy Creek. Today, the town’s population is 88 citizens. 

The essential Big Sandy Creek, a tributary of the Cheat River, once powered multiple mills at Bruceton Mills and today is enjoyed by kayakers. White water rafting on the lower Cheat River is a favorite pastime too.

Bruceton Mills Today: What Makes Us Unique

coopers rock at sunsetabruceton mills dam

Coopers Rock State Forest

One must-see stop for hikers in Preston County is the Raven Rock Trail and Overlook to your schedule when visiting Bruceton Mills. The awe-inspiring overlook is 1,000 feet above the Cheat River at Coopers Rock State Forest. Enjoy a 2.5-mile hiking trail leading to the overlook, filled with astounding views over the Cheat River Gorge. See below for information about the Adventure WV Zipline Canopy Tour, that zips through the forest.

trailAllegheny Trail

The Allegheny Trail runs south nearly 300 miles through the forested hills of West Virginia from the Pennsylvania border near Bruceton Mills until it meets the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain at the Virginia border. Nature lovers will love the beautiful vistas and wildlife viewable along the trail, whether they seek a short day trip or enjoy a multi-day excursion.

white water raftingWhitewater Rafting

The Cheat River may get much of the fanfare, but whitewater rafting on the Big Sandy is second to none! Local experts like those at Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals can assist with guided trips, equipment or general information.

himalyan salf caveHimalayan Salt Cave

With more than 30,000 pounds of salt brought from the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan, Himalayan Salt Spa and Cave seeks to create a climate similar to natural salt caves. Sessions in the salt cave provide safe, natural and beneficial therapy for all ages. Massages, group sessions and more are available.

rodeoPretzel Arena

Just outside Bruceton Mills, the premier arena facility features a sand arena with lighting and bleacher seating, cattle chutes, covered pavilion with a stage and concession stand. Site rentals are available upon request.

fishingChestnut Ridge Campground and Park

With year-round tent camping, cabin rentals and RV sites, Chestnut Ridge Park offers an experience for everyone! Spend the day hiking, sledding, fishing, biking, swimming, or taking in a summer concert at the family-friendly park.

big sandy brewingBig Sandy Brewing Company

They’re a small coffee shop/pub located in the heart of Bruceton Mills, WV. They offer fresh roasted and fresh ground coffee in the mornings with mostly craft brews (several domestic flavors also) in the PM. Check their website for what’s currently on tap!

deerBig Bear Lake and Campgrounds

Nestled in the core of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Big Bear Lake and Campgrounds provide relaxation, fun and togetherness to its guests. Surrounded by over 5000 acres of land to explore, Big Bear Lake attracts nature and camping enthusiasts with a variety of camping options, complete with sports facilities and a thrilling water park, Bearfoot Springs. Bring your pets along to explore the hiking trails and enchanting scenery.

dogAdventure WV Zipline Canopy Tour

An action-packed experience is promised at the Adventure WV Zipline Canopy Tour, complete with four zip lines, seven tree-based platforms and an aerial bridge through Coopers Rock State Forest. Hike an interpretive nature trail back from the base of the final tree to the equipment shed.

bruceton mills schoolBruceton School

The educational needs of area youth are met at Bruceton School, with fantastic opportunities for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

Bruceton Mills

Population

Total Population

94

Population
Growth Rate

0.90%

Median Age

48

Diversity Index

8.300

Housing & Income

Households

47

Total Housing Units

53


Owner Occupied

37

Renter Occupied

10

Vacant

6

Median Home Value

$216,667


Average Home Value

$229,861

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.00%


Per Capita Income

2.41%

Income Projection

Median Household

$55,420 $62,134


Average Household

$78,139 $87,951


Per Capita

$33,342 $37,562

Workforce

Total Businesses

17

Total Employed

325

Workers 16+

58

2021 Finance/Insurance Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

3

Employed

105

2021 Central Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

100

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

75

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

60

2021 Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

40

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

4

Employed

15

Some
High School

2

Graduated
High School

30

Associates
Degree

2

Bachelor's
Degree

16

Graduate
Degree

7

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

19

Non-Resident Commuters

39

Drive Alone

20

Carpooled

32

Public

0

Work At Home

0


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