The town of Winterhaven is located on the East Way, between the nations of Sembia and Cormyr. It is situated on the road between Arabel and Highmoon. Due to its location in the middle of the Thunder Peaks, it is not uncommon for the inhabitants to be attacked by monstrous races such as kobolds and goblins.
An ancient dragon burial site lies southwest of the town, and the ruined Shadowfell Keep lies northeast.
In recent years, a cult of Shar established itself in Winterhaven but was removed at the hands of the adventurers Athena Nom, Mentathenis Starfeon, Droggle Redaxe, Aces, Krushi Thymebundle, Megilwath Laress and Splug.