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.
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.
“The Lodge” restaurant is conveniently located at Tygart Lake State Park lodge.
Open to the public, dining hours are: Breakfast from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Dinner during the week are 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on weekends extended until 8:30 p.m. On Sunday’s the dinner menu is available beginning at noon. Weekend specials will feature “The Lodge” chef favorites. The Lodge Restaurant is proudly operated by the staff and employees of Tygart Lake State Park. For larger groups or to learn more about The Lodge, call 304-265-6144.
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.
Distance: 2 miles
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
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
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
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