Pendleton County, West Virginia was founded in 1787 by the Virginia General Assembly from portions of Augusta, Rockingham and Hardy Counties. The land area is comprised of 698 square miles. Of that, 29% is Monongahela and George Washington National Forest. 

Pendleton County is home to Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia and the Alleghenies at 4863’. It is also home to the lowest point in the state, down at the bottom of Seneca Caverns. Seneca Rocks, one of West Virginia’s most recognized natural landmarks, is also found in Pendleton County.

Franklin is the county seat. It was established in 1794 and is comprised of 358 acres. According to the 2010 Census, 7,695 people live in Pendleton County with 721 residing in Franklin.