About This Park

Located near the foremost tip of the Northern Panhandle along the Ohio River, Tomlinson Run can claim the title of West Virginia’s “top park.” This park’s wide range of recreational opportunities attract local and out-of-state visitors and include camping, picnicking, boating, miniature golf, swimming, basketball and volleyball. The park's 1,398 acres are roughly divided into two sections: a wilderness area with heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale, and many wildflowers and fauna, and a developed area with traditional park offerings.

Tomlinson Run State Park

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
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    Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
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    Golf
  • Hiking
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    Horseback Riding
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    Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Swimming
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History

Tomlinson Run State Park was built where several grist mills operated in the 1800s. In the 1930s, land was purchased and developed into a state park, with construction supervised by the National Conservation Commission. The park opened in 1940, and over the following years, buildings and other facilities were constructed for various purposes, many of which are still in use today. Several improvements have been made in recent years, including a swimming pool, an expanded campground and the addition of yurts, for a new type of camping experience.

Accommodations

Camper Cabins

Tomlinson Run State Park has three camper cabins available to rent. Two sites have electricity, while the third has electric and water. All camper cabins are furnished and include a picnic table and fire ring. Book your spot now!

Yurts

Try a yurt for a new experience in the woods! Tomlinson Run State Park has four yurts available to rent. These small, round tents come with a cooler, propane stove, lantern, cookware, picnic table and fire ring.

Additional Information

Picnicking

Need an area for a picnic or family get-together? The park offers four picnic shelters which can be reserved by the day for a modest fee. Otherwise, picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first served basis, so be sure to reserve in advance if you’ve got something special planned!

Trails

Beech Trail

Starting point is across Country Road from the Old Mill Site entrance. Follows ridge above road to view of valley, then down to Tomlinson Run Stream and back to Country Road and across bridge to starting point.
Walking time 35 minutes
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Big Foot Trail

Starting point is 300 feet up the road from the picnic area gate. The trail follows shore about lake to north fork of the lake. Return the same way or take road back to starting point.
Walking time 1 hour
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Fern Trail

Starting point is at the entrance to the picnic area. Follows small stream to head, then makes sharp right. Follow trial to boat dock parking lot, then take road back to starting point.
Walking time 20 minutes
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Laurel Trail

Starting point is the Old Mill Site. Follows Tomlinson Run Stream into the Wilderness Area and circles back to within 200 feet of the starting point.
Walking time 70 minutes
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Maple Trail

Starting point is the restroom facility at Shepherd Valley switchback. The trail then continues over the hill and down to Washington School Road. Take main park road back to starting point.
Walking time 40 minutes
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Poe Trail

Starting point is the lower end of Laurel Trail. Follow the old road to White Oaks Flats. Return the same way. Trail leads into the heart of the Wilderness Area. To get to White Oak Trail, one has to first walk half of Laurel Trail.
Walking time 30-45 minutes
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Nearby Attractions

Homer Laughlin China Company

The ceramics produced here are famous around the world and treasured by collectors going back to the 1870s, including a West Virginia favorite – Fiestaware. A visitor center, museum, and factory outlet are part of scheduled public tours. Pick up a souvenir while you’re visiting!

Jamboree USA

Also known as the Wheeling Jamboree, this is a weekly, live performance that is the second longest-running country music program in the nation!

Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack & Resort

A popular Thoroughbred horse racetrack and casino featuring slots, table games and live entertainment. Every night can be a win!

Oglebay Park

This self-supporting public municipal park in Wheeling is the only one of its kind. It features two championship golf courses, two standard course, 11 tennis courts, a large outdoor pool, extensive trails, a planetarium and the Good Zoo.  A lodge and cottages are available for overnight stays.   

West Virginia Independence Hall

Located in Wheeling, this historic building was built in 1860 and housed the Wheeling Convention and the West Virginia Constitutional Convention, both important to the creation of West Virginia as a state during the Civil War.

Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack

The Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack features slot machines, live racing and table games, as well as live concerts. You never know what you might win!

City of Wheeling

The cultural and entertainment center of the northern panhandle, Wheeling also serves great historical significance to the creation of the state and features museums, theaters and landmarks, plus shopping and dining.

 

 

 

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