Camp out in style at Tomlinson Run State Park

Spacious yurts already furnished with beds—just bring your sleeping bag!

Are you a fan of camping but don’t enjoy struggling to put up a tent? Perhaps you’re more of a “glamper” than a camper?

Come to Tomlinson Run State Park, where the only camping gear you need to bring is your bedding! Set at the tip of the Northern Panhandle, West Virginia’s “top park” has four yurts available for rent in season.

“Great little state park tucked in the mountains of the Northern Panhandle. Sweet pool open Memorial thru Labor weekends — with water slide, diving board and separate toddler pool. There is decent fishing here, with summer fishing derbies for the kids in the lake area. Rent paddle boats or canoes. Pet (on leash) friendly. Great hiking. Horseback riding trails as well. Camping sites and yurt rental available. Yurts are nice, as are the mostly wooded camping spots.”

— jessi26047, TripAdvisor Reviewer from New Cumberland, W.Va.

A unique overnight experience

Used for centuries by nomads in Central Asia, yurts have gained popularity in the United States in recent years. These portable, circular dwellings are made of latticework and covered in fabric. They’re tall enough to stand up in and even have windows and doors. A clear dome over the raised roof ring allows sunlight to pour into your camping paradise.

The yurts are furnished with bunk beds, a cooler, propane stove and cookware, with a picnic table and fire ring outside. Two bathhouses, laundry facilities and a convenience store are all located nearby.

Additional accommodations at Tomlinson Run include three fully furnished camper cabins and a 55-site campground open spring through fall, weather permitting.

“Well-maintained large state park in the Ohio River Valley — offering hiking, camping, scenic drives, autumn leaves and mountain views. I grew up in the Ohio Valley near here but only visited Tomlinson Run for the swimming as a child. On my last visit to the area, made a longer visit and explored. Was surprised to find how expansive it is, with view of a wide creek valley and curvy scenic drive to an area that must be a high point. Highly recommend for hiking.”

— ZeldaMcSC, TripAdvisor Reviewer from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Come for the camping, stay for the fishing

Tomlinson Run fishing

With its heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale, and a variety of wildflowers and wildlife, Tomlinson Run is just the place to commune with nature.

The park is a favorite destination for fishing. Tomlinson Run Lake and two streams, Kings Creek and Tomlinson Run, are stocked seasonally with trout. Bass, catfish, bluegill also are in abundance. A West Virginia fishing license is required and can be purchased at www.wvfish.com.

Rowboats, paddle boats and kayaks are available for rent on the 30-acre lake. The park also has several miles of hiking and biking trails, an outdoor swimming pool, game courts, playgrounds and picnic areas.

Nearby attractions

The cultural and entertainment center of the Northern Panhandle, the city of Wheeling offers shopping and dining, theater and history. Highlights include West Virginia Independence Hall—the state’s first capital which now serves as a museum depicting West Virginia’s path to statehood.

A self-supporting public municipal park, Oglebay Park features two championship golf courses, hiking trails, a planetarium and The Good Zoo.

Homer Laughlin China Company, maker of the world-famous Fiestaware, offers public tours and features a visitor center, museum and factory outlet.

Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack Resort and Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack offer exciting nightlife, with live racing, slots, table games and concerts.

Experience the natural beauty of the “Top of West Virginia” at Tomlinson Run State Park. Lets get started on your next steps:

  1. Plan a trip

    Whether you want to experience the yurt camping or you just need to mark this one off your VIPP list, Tomlinson Run is a state park to remember.

  2. Book your stay

    Try out one of the many campsites, a fully-furnished camper cabin, or one of our two yurts!

  3. Make memories that last a lifetime

    Cast a line, try out a paddle boat, or get the perfect “tiny living” experience.

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