With its elevated views of the Mountain State's vistas, the King Coal Highway offers one of the most scenic routes in southern West Virginia.

The highway, which runs through Mingo County, begins in Matewan, just outside of the historic downtown. The road follows the ridgetop of the Appalachian Mountains. Along the route, Mingo Central High School sits overlooking dozens of miles of mountains in Red Jacket, West Virginia.

At this time, construction on the King Coal Highway is still underway. When completed, the highway will connect Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Detroit, Michigan.