About This Park
Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in scenic north central West Virginia, Tygart Lake provides guests with some of the most breathtaking views across the state. This park is a cozy, quiet destination for couples and families. It’s also a perfect destination for group conferences and retreats. Located just four miles south of Grafton, Tygart Lake State Park is known for its 10-mile long, 1,750-acre lake, which offers watersports like boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
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Valley Falls State Park has a variety of trails that are suitable for bike riders.
Soak in Tygart Lake’s main attraction and enjoy a simple day out on the water. The Marina is open May 15 through September 15, depending on water conditions, and you can rent kayaks, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and slip rentals by the hour, 1/2 day or full day(s). The lake’s tranquil waters are also great for kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding, so don’t leave them behind! Call the marina at (304) 265-3974 to arrange rentals.
Tygart Lake State Park’s campground has 40 camping sites, 14 with electric and 26 standard sites. Full hookup sites are not available. Open mid-April through October, weather permitting, the campground is located at the end of the park road, approximately three miles from the park’s east entrance. A campsite reservation application is available here.
Tygart Lake is considered by many to be one of the best bass fishing sites in the area. The lake’s deep waters also have walleye, musky, crappie, perch, bullhead catfish, carp, northern pike and numerous panfish. All fish found in Tygart Lake are sustained through natural reproduction rather than by stocking, attesting to the exceptional water quality of the lake.
On March 9 and May 4, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock the nearby Tygart tailwaters with trout. If you’re planning a fishing trip and need overnight accommodations, check in to a lodge room. But hurry! They book up fast. Make you reservation by clicking Book Now! But before you head out, make sure you purchase a current West Virginia fishing license, available at www.wvfish.com.
Tygart Lake State Park is filled with hidden treasures! Put your skills to the test and find the 12 hidden cache sites within the park. You never know what you might find!
For the golfer in your group, Tygart Lake State Park is located near two great courses: Tygart Lake Public Golf Course and Bel Meadow Golf Club. Tygart Lake Golf Course is located approximately five minutes from Tygart Lake State Park Lodge, while Bel Meadows is approximately a 30-minute drive.
We hope you’re ready to hike! Tygart Lake State Park has five hiking trails that will take you to some of the park’s best views. Map and trail guides are available at the park office to assist in planning a hike that suits you.
Pleasant Creek WMA has roughly 3,030 acres of wetlands and hardwood forests. Typical game include deer, rabbits, waterfowl, grouse, squirrels, and turkeys. Licenses are available online.
A beach? In West Virginia? That’s right! Head to Tygart Lake’s beach area to cool off. Lake swimming is open in designated swimming areas, and there’s no fee to swim. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can swim here from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The beach is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
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The land that is now Tygart Lake State Park was given to the state of West Virginia in 1945 in a deed from the U.S. government. Before that transaction, the area was under development to control and regulate the waters and tributaries of the Tygart Valley, West Fork, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. In 1938, the U.S. Corps of Engineers built a dam that created the Tygart River Reservoir, located two miles south of Grafton in Taylor and Barbour counties. The area quickly became popular with boating enthusiasts. Over the years, the park expanded to accommodate larger crowds of visitors. In 1953, the park opened its campgrounds, making it one of the first two parks in the state to offer camping. Cabins were added in 1955, and the park received additional funds in 1964 to construct a 20-room lodge.
Tygart Lake State Park’s 20-room lodge sits upon a high peninsula, overlooking the lake below. Select lodge rooms are pet-friendly, so double-check your reservations before bringing your furry friend!
Event and Meeting Space
With just over 1,500 square feet of conference space, your attendees will love taking relaxing breaks between meetings to soak in the serene lake views below. The park’s conference space includes a large conference room, theater, and banquet room.
Tygart Lake State Park has 11 completely furnished vacation cottages and are open for rental from mid- April through December. Check with the park about designated pet-friendly cabins, too!
Tygart Lake State Park’s campground is located at the end of the park road, approximately three miles from the east entrance of the park. There are 40 campsites, 14 of which have electric. The campground is open mid-April through October. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, and there is a centrally located bathhouse. A sewage dumping station is on site for camper use. Bagged ice, firewood, snacks and other amenities are for sale at the check-in station. Sites accommodate unit lengths of 32 feet or less and require a tight urn radius for two campers. A campsite reservation application is available here.
Tygart Shores restaurant is located in the lodge. The full-service restaurant is open April-December. From January to March, the restaurant offers breakfast options for overnight guests. Catering and food service is available for groups during winter operations.
Make it a family affair and rent a picnic shelter! The shelters at the park are perfect for family reunions, family outings, catered functions, parties, and cookouts. They’re available for reservation during the summer season. Early reservations are recommended for summer weekends and holidays.
|The trail begins opposite Dam Trail near the Lodge passing through the forest with numerous dogwood trees. Trail climbs to a higher elevation above the lodge following a ridge top and descending back on the park road from the dam.|
|This trail begins at Picnic Area Number 3 and follows a small stream to the lake. The trail has few hills.|
|This trail begins near the park office and ends at Picnic Area Number 1. The trail passes through several forest types and is a good place to see wildlife. The trail has some steep hills.|
|Beginning near the park office, this trail passes through what was once a farm before ending between Cabin 5 and the campground. The trail has hills.|
Tygart Dam Trail
|This trail begins near the lodge and follows near the lakeshore before ending at the dam. This trail has few hills and is approximately .75 miles long.|
Tygart Lake Golf Course
Perfect your swing on this gorgeous green. The Tygart Lake Golf Course is in Grafton, approximately five minutes from Tygart Lake State Park Lodge. The 18-hole course features 6,255 yards of gorgeous green from the longest tees for a par of 72.
Valley Falls State Park
Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, this scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. The 1,145-acre day-use park hosts a variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, picnicking, kayaking, and 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Audra State Park
Located in Barbour and Upshur County, Audra State Park has been attracting families that enjoy the outdoors, hiking and camping since 1948. This park has heavily wooded riverside campgrounds that continue to awe visitors each time they stay.
Watters Smith Memorial State Park
The heritage of early West Virginia is preserved in the pioneer homestead restoration at Watters Smith Memorial State Park. An authentic log cabin is the park’s main attraction. Guided tours are offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cathedral State Park
Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions. Along its six miles of hiking trails, you’ll see trees up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference. The forest is also home to over 170 species of ferns, moss trees, and wildflowers. The combination of ancient hemlocks, rhododendrons, ferns, mountain stream, and wildlife offers excellent hiking and photography opportunities you won’t soon forget!
Prickett’s Fort State Park
Perched on a small rise overlooking the confluence of Prickett’s Creek and the Monongahela River, this rustic log fort is a re-creation of the original fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. During the park season, visitors will find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.
Philippi Covered Bridge
The Philippi Covered Bridge, on the Tygart Valley River, is the oldest and longest covered bridge in West Virginia and one of only two remaining in Barbour County. The bridge, used for a time as a barracks by victorious Union troops, was part of a significant Civil War battle and was the first bridge to be captured in the war by either side.
Barbour County Historical Museum
The Barbour County Historical Museum has a myriad of antique exhibits to peak your interests in the past. The prominent displays date back to 1635, through the Civil War, early 1900’s, up to modern day. The world-famous Philippi Mummies are also on exhibit here. As an attraction with P.T. Barnum’s Circus in the late 1800’s, the mummies were displayed and toured at fairs and shows across North America and even parts of Europe, but they now rest in Philippi.
Fort New Salem
Fort New Salem is a frontier settlement with 19th Century log structures in Harrison County. Settled in 1792 by Seventh Day Baptists from New Jersey, Fort New Salem is a living history outdoor museum showcasing the history, crafts and lifestyles of English, Welsh, Scots-Irish and German farm culture.
Jackson’s Mill, a former grist mill in Lewis County, is the boyhood home of American Civil War General Stonewall Jackson. The mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is now the centerpiece of a state-owned museum property, used by West Virginia University’s Extension Service.
Pleasants Creek Wildlife Management Area
Near Philippi in Barbour and Taylor counties, the Pleasants Creek Wildlife Management Area has wetlands and steeply forested woodlands. Hunters and fisherman flock here for the deer, grouse, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl and several trophy fish species.