Your guide to summer adventures at Tomlinson Run

As West Virginia’s northernmost state park, Tomlinson Run State Park has the unique feature of giving you a chance to go to the top of the Mountain State. With its heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale and variety of recreational activities, Tomlinson Run is one of the best places in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle for outdoor adventures, family vacations and camping trips. Here’s what you need to know to plan a trip.

Featured Activities at Tomlinson Run

Whether you visit Tomlinson Run to find an escape in nature or to enjoy a trip with your family, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy. Here are a few activities and attractions worth checking out:

Featured Trails at Tomlinson Run

Whether you want to go a short distance or hike every trail at Tomlinson Run, there’s plenty of ground to cover during your visit. Here are a few of our favorite 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.
Distance: 0.8 miles
Blaze: Yellow
Walking time: 35 minutes

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.
Distance: 1.2 miles
Blaze: Red
Walking time: 1 hour

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.
Distance: 2.1 miles
Blaze: Blue
Walking time: 70 minutes

Places to Stay at Tomlinson Run

The best thing after a day of outdoor adventures is kicking back and relaxing at your campsite and Tomlinson Run has plenty of options for you to choose from.

Campsites
Tomlinson Run’s 55-site campground is open spring through fall and has a contact station, convenience store, dump station and two bathhouses with showers and laundry facilities. All sites are suitable for tents and trailers and include picnic tables and grills fire rings. Electric hookups are available at 39 sites. The park also has a rustic camping area, ideal for Scouts.

Camper Cabins
Tomlinson Run State Park also has three camper cabins you can rent between April-October. Two sites have electricity, while the third has electric and water. All camper cabins are furnished and include a picnic table and fire ring.

Yurts
Tomlinson Run has two yurts, a circular, tent-like structure that is weather sealed. Yurts are tall enough to stand up in, have windows and doors and come furnished with bunk beds, a cooler, propane stove and cookware, with a picnic table and fire ring outside.

Recommended Itinerary

Day Trip
Hike the Laurel Trail
Enjoy a picnic lunch
Purchase a pass for swimming, boating and mini golf

Extended Trip
Hike the Laurel Trail
Enjoy a picnic lunch
Purchase a pass for swimming, boating and mini golf
Check into your campsite
Go fish in the morning

Pro-tips to get the most out of your trip to Tomlinson Run

  • Purchase a Recreational Activities Pass and enjoy access to swimming, boating and mini golf for one discounted price. Passes are available to purchase at the park office, swimming pool or campground store Thursday-Monday.
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