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Opal, West Virginia

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other WV

The location of Opal

Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Opal.

This page contains six sections:

Around Opal ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Charleston. It is located about 46 miles [74 km] to the west of Opal. Charleston has a population of 47,900 people.<1>

The next largest community is Beckley. It is located about 47 miles [75 km] to the southwest of Opal and has a population of 16,400 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance as if you drove.<2>

Community   2017
Buckhannon   [Map]   5,529   NE   50 miles [80.5 km]
Chesapeake   [Map]   1,456   W   43 miles [69.2 km]
Fayetteville   [Map]   2,772   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Glenville   [Map]   1,473   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hinton   [Map]   2,448   S   49 miles [78.9 km]
Lewisburg   [Map]   3,907   SE   43 miles [69.2 km]
Montgomery   [Map]   1,549   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Oak Hill   [Map]   8,338   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Rainelle   [Map]   1,482   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Richwood   [Map]   1,906   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Ronceverte   [Map]   1,717   S   46 miles [74 km]
Spencer   [Map]   2,111   NW   42 miles [67.6 km]
Summersville   [Map]   3,361   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Weston   [Map]   3,971   N   48 miles [77.2 km]
White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   2,420   SE   47 miles [75.6 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2017
Beaver   [Map]   ---   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   148   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Canfield   [Map]   ---   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
Clay   [Map]   456   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Clem   [Map]   ---   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Cowen   [Map]   482   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Craigsville   [Map]   ---   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Erbacon   [Map]   ---   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Excelsior   [Map]   ---   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
Harrison   [Map]   ---   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Muddlety   [Map]   ---   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
Odell Town   [Map]   ---   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Tioga   [Map]   ---   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Tolbert   [Map]   ---   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Upperglade   [Map]   ---   E   14 miles [22.5 km]

For more communities neighboring Opal, please visit our County-by-County Page for Opal.

Nicholas County ...

Opal is located in Nicholas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Opal ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Opal.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Opal. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Opal. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights, attractions and places to visit:

For the State of West Virginia

    West Virginia Tourism
    Parks for West Virginia

    Fishing in West Virginia
    Hunting in West Virginia

National Park Service (NPS) sites in West Virginia

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in West Virginia

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in West Virginia

Airports Near Opal ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Opal.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>   DirDistance
Richwood Muni. (FAA ID: 3I4)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Summersville Airport (ICAO: KSXL)   [Map]   SSW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Braxton Co. Airport (ICAO: K48I)   [Map]   NNE   21 miles [33.8 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would better fit our travel plans.<4> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and proximity to Opal.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Opal. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Morgantown Muni.  (MGW/KMGW)   [Map]   NNE   97 miles [156.1 km]
Pittsburgh Intl.  (PIT/KPIT)   [Map]   N   148 miles [238.2 km]
Port Columbus Intl.  (CMH/KCMH)   [Map]   NW   159 miles [255.9 km]
Airborne Airpark (ILN/KILN)   [Map]   WNW   177 miles [284.9 km]
Akron - Canton Rgnl.  (CAK/KCAK)   [Map]   N   178 miles [286.5 km]
Washington Dulles Intl.    [Map]   ENE   182 miles [292.9 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Greenbrier Valley Airport  (LWB/KLWB)   [Map]   SSE   41 miles [66 km]
Yeager Airport  (CRW/KCRW)   [Map]   W   44 miles [70.8 km]
Raleigh County Meml.  (BKW/KBKW)   [Map]   SSW   45 miles [72.4 km]
North Central WV Airport  (CKB/KCKB)   [Map]   NNE   69 miles [111 km]
Roanoke Rgnl. - Woodrum Fld.  (ROA/KROA)   [Map]   SSE   85 miles [136.8 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Richwood Muni. (FAA ID: 3I4)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Summersville Airport (ICAO: KSXL)   [Map]   SSW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Braxton Co. Airport (ICAO: K48I)   [Map]   NNE   21 miles [33.8 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Morgantown Muni.   (MGW/KMGW)   [Map]
  Website for Morgantown Municipal Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Pittsburgh Intl.   (PIT/KPIT)   [Map]
  Website for Pittsburgh International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Roanoke Rgnl. - Woodrum Fld.   (ROA/KROA)   [Map]
  Website for Roanoke Regional Airport - Woodrum Field
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Tri-State Airport   (HTS/KHTS)   [Map]
  Website for Tri-State Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Shenandoah Valley Rgnl.   (SHD/KSHD)   [Map]
  Website for Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Summersville Airport   (ICAO: KSXL)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Braxton Co. Airport   (ICAO: K48I)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Upshur County Rgnl.   (ICAO: KW22)   [Map]
  Website for Upshur County Regional Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Ingalls Fld.   (ICAO: KHSP)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Port Columbus Intl.   (CMH/KCMH)   [Map]
  Website for Port Columbus International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Airborne Airpark   (ILN/KILN)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Akron - Canton Rgnl.   (CAK/KCAK)   [Map]
  Website for Akron - Canton Regional Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Greenbrier Valley Airport   (LWB/KLWB)   [Map]
  Website for Greenbrier Valley Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Yeager Airport   (CRW/KCRW)   [Map]
  Website for Yeager Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Raleigh County Meml.   (BKW/KBKW)   [Map]
  Website for Raleigh County Memorial Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
North Central WV Airport   (CKB/KCKB)   [Map]
  Website for North Central West Virginia Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Opal. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Opal.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Opal) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opal. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3868, Longitude: -80.7662     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Opal have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Opal), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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