MAPS: Where was MTV’s Buckwild filmed in West Virginia?

MTV Buckwild cast photo Season 1

Thursday night is the series premiere of MTV’s controversial new reality series Buckwild, which MTV bills as “an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia who love to dodge grown-up responsibilities and always live life with the carefree motto, ‘whatever happens, happens.'”

So where exactly are these “rural foothills of West Virginia?” The answer is a small town called Sissonville, which is just north of Charleston. Here’s a map that shows where Sissonville is located in West Virginia:

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Where was MTV's Buckwild filmed? Map of Sissonville West Virginia

From Wikipedia:

Sissonville is an unincorporated census-designated place in Kanawha County, West Virginia, along the Pocatalico River. The population was 4,028 at the 2010 census. Sissonville is located less than 10 miles north of Charleston (state capital).

Here are a couple zoomed-in maps of Sissonville, including a satellite view from Google maps so you can clearly see the rural landscape that will serve as the backdrop for the show:

Map of where Buckwild was filmed in Sissonville West Virginia Buckwild satellite map of Sissonville West Virginia

According to numerous online reports some of the girls live in a house in South Charleston, West Virginia for part of the season (before being evicted, if we are to go by the preview trailer released by MTV). Despite what its name would imply, South Charleston is actually located a few miles west-northwest of Charleston, as you can see in the top map if you click on it and check out the enlarged version.

So do we have any readers from in and around Sissonville or South Charleston? What’s your take on the big “controversy” surrounding the show? Is it bad of MTV to show what young people do when they’re bored and call it entertainment? Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. I moved around quite a bit as a youth and there were teenagers/twenty-somethings sneaking off in the woods getting drunk and/or getting their pickup trucks muddy pretty much everywhere I lived. (Yes, I lived mostly in the South, but still!)

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  • wvian

    I live about an hour from where the show was filmed (Huntington). I know some people that knows some of the cast and they say that they were not like this before the show. No one geta what the big deal is unless you live in WV. People have inaccurate assumptions about people of WV…by saying these people werent like how the show perceives until the show came about, all it is is mtv paying them to act in the way they do on the show, therefore playing into the sterotypes. I understand theres wild and crazy people no matter where you live, but west virginians already get a bad name for no reason. Im sorry but I dont want to be put into a category im not. Im a good hars working person who always does right and has tremendous respect for everyone and thing.

  • Nicole

    I live an hour north of Charleston (Parkersburg) which is right on the border of Ohio. First of all, I would hardly call Sissonville or Charleston “rural” WV. That’s more in the Southern part of the state in the mountains. I agree that WV has a bad name for “hillbillies” and “rednecks” but obviously not EVERYBODY lives into those stereotypes. I would say 90-95% of the WV citizens are normal, hard working Americans. Sure, when kids get bored there isn’t much to do…so we have to get creative. However, I have NEVER used a dumptruck as a swimming pool, when I talk…I don’t need subtitles for people to understand me, and we wear normal, decent clothing. So, whatever. I don’t really care what people will think of this show or WV because we already have a bad name.

  • Raised in WV

    I live in Charleston and actually went to school with some of these people and they never acted like this. It’s all a show to make money. I have never seen half of the things they are doing on previews even done around here only in movies. I also know the ” woman screaming for them to keep it down with the neon wig” was paid to yell at them. It’s all very fake.

    • Whitney

      Yeah, the Charleston Gazette pretty much put the show’s credibility on blast πŸ™‚

  • tonyb4u2c

    I was born and raised in WV. I now live in Hurricane which is about 20 miles west of Sissonville but I spent me entire childhood in and around Kanawha and Putnam counties. I played against Sissonville in high school sports and I have known tons of people from that town my whole life. I know this area and these people as good as anyone. It’s funny to me that people are so upset about the negative light being shed on our state and people do to this show. Yes, the show inaccurately depicts West Virginians as a whole, just as I’m sure most people from New Jersey don’t act like the guidos on that show. Yes, I’m sure the producers coaxed the cast into doing things just for ratings; this is Hollywood people. If you honestly think all the reality TV shows you watch aren’t scripted and molded to what the TV execs believe will produce good ratings then you are ignorant. Am I happy that this show seems as though it will confirm so many negative stereotypes that our state has dealt with for years? No, of course not. But bitching and complaining about it won’t change a thing. I knew kids like this when I went to high school. Hell, I probably did some of this stupid stuff myself and I’m sure if you’d have shoved a camera in the face of my circle of friends they would have immediately become different people because that’s what happens when you take real life people and put them in unrealistic situations for the sake of dramatic TV. I mean look at some of the most popular shows in America like Honey Boo Boo. They simply show the overall lack of class that the American people who watch them possess. Bottom line; you can talk all the shit you want but if the show is a success it’s because people are tuning in. Probably some of the very same people complaining about it’s content.

  • Whitney

    I live a few minutes down the road from Sissonville in Cross Lanes. Most of the people who were against the show before it aired have quieted down considering the first episode was relatively tame. The things the cast were shown doing are things local 20-somethings do, however, the show of course took things to the extreme. I mean, come on.. a dump truck pool? Really? No one does that! TBH the main complaint I’ve heard after the premiere episode is how unattractive the majority of the cast is (Tyler seems to be the only exception) haha. As of now, I’m pretty indifferent to the show. I’ll let you know if my opinion changes as the show progresses πŸ™‚

    • Whitney

      The best part of the first episode was that I was able to watch it with mutual friends & former classmates of some of the cast. It was funny to hear how some of them REALLY act when the cameras aren’t rolling πŸ˜‰

  • Snooki

    I have slept with the entire female cast, there all sluts.

    • Specimen Yarp

      The funniest thing about what you said is that you don’t know the difference between “there” and “they’re”.

  • melloomis

    i went to college and lived in WV. Buckwild is an exact portrayal of people in West Virginia. they are exactly like this all the time. just like duck dynasty precisely represents everyone in Louisiana. I now live in north Georgia and we all routinely sodomize Ned Beatty-like canoeists.