Wharton Township

General Character

Wharton Township is located in the south Central portion of the County along the West Virginia border. The township is the largest by land area in Fayette County. The majority of the Township is rural with concentrations of development along the Route 40 corridor at Deer Lake, Farmington and Nemacolin Woodlands. The majority of uses in these areas are residential with highway commercial adjacent to Route 40. 

Nemacolin Woodlands itself contains a variety of uses including residential and commercial. The vast majority of the western and southern portions of the Township are rural with concentrations of agricultural uses and State Forest lands.

Zoning & Comprehensive Plan

Wharton Township maintains its own zoning and comprehensive plan. The information in this plan reflects the County's view of future land use only and has no bearing on the Township's Comprehensive plan. Please refer to a copy of the Wharton Township comprehensive plan and future land use map for an accurate depiction of future land use in Wharton Township.


Unincorporated Settlements

  • There are three unincorporated settlements in the municipality, Deer Lake, Chalk Hill and Farmington

Key Attributes

  • Braddock's Grave State Park
  • Forbes State Forest
  • Fort Necessity State Park
  • Nemacolin Woodlands

Existing Built Area

  • 7% of Township land area
  • The Existing Built areas are located along Route 40 at Deer Lake, Farmington and Nemacolin Woodlands

Future Growth Areas

  • 7% of Township land area
  • Growth will occur near the existing built areas at Deer lake, Farmington and Nemacolin Woodlands

Recreation/Cultural Resource Conservation

  • 28% of Township land area
  • Forbes State Forest

Commercial Conservation

  • 0.9% of Township land area
  • One area along the Monongahela River and one along Dunlap Creek

Agricultural Conservation

  • 3% of Township land area
  • Located in the central portions of the Township

Resource Preservation

  • 32% of Township land area

Land Reclamation

  • 0.1% of Township land area
  • One site near Farmington on Route 40

Rural Conservation

  • 22% of Township land area