The city is a vital rail-to-river transfer point for the marine transportation industry.Also, it is considered a scenic locale in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.The city lies within the ecoregion of the Western Allegheny Plateau.A portion of the city, mainly the neighborhood of Westmoreland, is in Wayne County.
Huntington fills the roughly three-mile wide flood plain of the south bank of the Ohio River for eighty square blocks and portions of the hills to the immediate south and southeast.
The town of Guyandotte was officially absorbed in 1891.
Modern day Huntington is commonly divided into four main sections.
Clockwise: the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH), Fourth Avenue, the downtown skyline as seen from across the Ohio River, Harris Riverfront Park, and the Huntington Welcome Center at Heritage Station. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-state, the busiest inland port in the United States.
A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River.