About This Park

Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, Valley Falls State Park is a place of scenic beauty and historical significance. A series of four picturesque falls created by the dark, rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River distinguish this 1,145-acre park. In addition to its scenic charm, Valley Falls State Park offers outdoor recreation and fun. The day-use park gates open at 7 a.m. and close at dark.

This park does not offer overnight accommodations within the park.

Activities

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  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Museums & Historical Sites
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History

During the 1830s, a trader acquired what is now Valley Falls State Park and built a lumber mill which was later followed in 1847 by a grist mill. With the completion of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad line, from Grafton to Wheeling, in 1853, the community began to boom, with a ferry, post office, shops, a factory and schools. A fire in 1886, followed by floods two years later, destroyed much of the town. In 1964, the West Virginia state park system acquired the falls and surrounding land and created the Valley Falls State Park.

Trails

Deer Trail

About 50 percent nearly level with modest up hill grade.

Distance:  2.1 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

ogwood Trail

Steep from Rhododendron Trail, then leveling off.

Distance: 0.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Red Cardinal Trail

All down hill from park entrance.

Distance:  1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

Red Fox Trail

Steep grade from intersection with Deer Trail.

Distance: 0.35 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Rocky Trail

Very steep at both ends with a short level area on top of the ridge.

Distance: 1.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Rhododendron Trail

Moderately steep near end, otherwise relatively easy.

Distance: 1.9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Tygart Valley (River) Trail

Mostly level with one steep incline.

Distance: 0.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Wild Turkey Trail

Extremely steep on both ends, otherwise follows a near level ridge.

Distance:  1.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

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