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.

Tygart Lake 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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    Hunting
  • Swimming
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History

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.

Accommodations

Lodging

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.

Cabins

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!

Dining

Tygart Shores restaurant is located in the lodge and offers lunch and dinner daily.

Additional Information

Picnicking

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.

Trails

Dogwood Trail

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.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty

Lake Trail

This trail begins at Picnic Area Number 3 and follows a small stream to the lake. The trail has few hills.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty

Ridge Trail

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.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty

Woodland Trail

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.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty

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.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty

 

Nearby Attractions

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

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.

 

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