Castle Rock (Pineville, West Virginia)

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Castle Rock is a geological feature located in Pineville, West Virginia next to the Pineville Public Library. Named for its resemblance to a castle, it rises about 200 feet above Rock Castle Creek, a branch of the Guyandotte River. Its base is estimated to be 100 feet in diameter. Midway up there is a stone terrace, with a narrower shale formation rising out of it. The shale formation is approximately 20.23 feet in diameter at its base, and between 25 to 30 feet at the top.[1]

The formation of Castle Rock began about two hundred million years ago.[2] Over time water eroded a way the surrounding rock creating its unique shape. Castle Rock was know to early explores of the area simply as the "castle". At one time ladders provided access to the top of the rock, but they were removed in 1911, after a man named Virgil Senter fell to his death.[3] Steps and hand rails leading to the terrace were added later. In 2001 a sign explaining how the rock was formed was placed in front of Castle Rock.


  1. ^ Wells, C.D. (1889). Something About Wyoming County West Virginia. pp. 15-16.
  2. ^ Shrewsbury, Mark (2001). "Castle Rock". Sign.
  3. ^ Wyoming County Genealogical Society (1995). Wyoming County Heritage. p. 4. LCCN 96-060088