I found it interesting that West Virginia is also included in the US Census definition of the "Southern United States". Virginia did include all of West Virginia at one time before the Civil War. My family on my Father's side are from Southern WVa (Pax/Long Branch) and I have spent many years visiting the region, but my experience with Northern West Virginia reminded me of trips to Western Pennsylvania as a kid-it has a very Northerly feel about it.
"Southern Appalachia: mainly refers to areas situated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, namely Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Western Maryland, West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, North Georgia, and Northwestern South Carolina." -Wikipedia