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Parks &?Recreation

May 20, 2013
Times Leader
aMost regions located in Appalachia abound with outdoor activities and the Ohio Valley is no different. From city and county facilities to state and national parks, the Ohio Valley is rich in outdoor amenities.

• Belmont County Barnesville Memorial Park: 130 Fair St., Barnesville. The hub of family outdoor recreation in the Western portion of Belmont County, Barnesville’s Memorial Park features the Albert S. George Youth Center, three lighted ball fields, hiking trails, a 12-acre lake, a lighted horseshoe pit, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Its Olympic-sized swimming pool features one of the few remaining high dives around. Memorial Park is also home to the Amazing Playground. Cabin rentals are also available. Phone: (740) 425-3012. Website: Memorial Park: St. Clairsville: Memorial Park in St. Clarksville is home to Allen Pool, an Olympic-sized pool complete with a waterslide. Memorial Park also boats hiking and biking trails, two playgrounds, tennis courts, a baseball field and picnic space, both large and small, available for rent. Phone: (740) 695-5077.

• Brooke County Brooke Hills Park: 140 Gist Dr., Wellsburg, W.Va. Brooke Hills Park aims to provide recreational and educational opportunities for youth and families, alike. It's focus is on outdoor and environmental activities. The park has a swimming pool, batting cages, a boat house, fishing, paddle boats, miniature golf and a full-sized golf course and driving range. There are rental facilities as well as a summer youth camp. An added bonus is paranormal investigations at the Gist House. There are also monthly mud bogs held from May through September. Phone (304) 737-3344. Website:

• Greene County Ryerson Station State Park: 361 Bristoria Rd., Wind Ridge, Pa. Situated close to the West Virgina border and a short trip from Cameron, Ryerson Station is a 1,164-acre park that features 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake. A free swimming pool is also open. The lake is currently drawn down for dam safety issues so boating is not permissable. Roughly 900 acres of Ryerson Station are open to hunting, trapping and dog training. Common species are deer, squirrel, grouse and turkey. A 46-site campground featuring electric and non-electric spots overlooks the park from a ridge. There are 13 miles of hiking trails. Ryerson Station offers a variety of summer programs aimed at environmental education. Phone: (724) 428-4254. Website:

• Hancock County Tomlinson Run State Park: 84 Osage Rd., New Manchester, W.Va. Located at the extreme tip of West Virginia, Tomlinson Run State Park provides a wide range of recreational opportunities to a large number of both local and out-of-state guests. The park features 1,398 acres of land, roughly divided into two sections. The first is an area of heavily forested hills. The more developed section of the park houses a swimming pool, campground, picnic area, boating, basketball courts, miniature golf and volleyball courts. There are electric and non-electric camping hookups as well as a rustic campground for those looking to rough it. Phone: (304) 564-3651. Website:

• Harrison County Faith Ranch: Jewett. Faith Ranch is a non-denominational Christian Ranch Camp, providing a wholesome, Christ-centered environment in a ranch setting. The aim is to build friendships by using recreation and ranch activities as tools to aid in sharing Jesus Chris. Phone: (740) 946-2255. Website:

• Jefferson County Friendship Park: CR 23, Smithfield. Friendship Park is a 1,320-acre park that is equipped with both RV and camping facilities. It features opportunities for picnicking, fishing, boating, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. The 89-acre lake holds catfish, bluegill, carp, bass and trout. Phone: (740) 733-7941.

• Marshall County Grand Vue Park: 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, W.Va. Grand Vue Park sports more than 650 acres of ridges, ravings and breathtaking overlooks. The newest feature is its zip line Canopy Tours, consisting of 7,540 of dual zip lines. The park is home to three styles of cabins, a state-of-the-art playground and aquatic center, golf courses and plenty of hiking and biking rails. There is also an outdoor amphitheater. Phone: (304) 845-9810. Website:

• Monroe County Wayne National Forest: Monroe County. The Wayne National Forest covers more than 250,000 acres of Appalachian foothills. It features more than 300 miles of trails for hiking, all-terrain vehicle riding, mountain biking and horseback riding. Primitive camping is allowed on all national forest land away from developed campgrounds. Phone: (740) 753-0101. Website:

• Tuscarawas County Urichsville Water Park: 401 E. 12th St, Urichsville. Urichsville Water Park boasts 4.5 acres of aquatic excitement, including: an 18,000 square-foot heated pool with a pair of tow-story waterslides and a zero-depth entry child play area. Phone: (740) 922-8780. Website:

• Ohio County Wheeling Park: 1801 National Rd., Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling Park is a 406-acre activity center, complete with multiple attractions anda rich history. The park features a large swimming pool, complete with a tube slide. It also boasts indoor tennis courts, a playground, a 9-hole golf course and, during the winter months, the only ice-skating rink in the Ohio Valley. Atop the main park complex are soccer fields and a shelter, along with outdoor tennis courts. A small lake also features paddle-boat rides, along with an adjacent miniature golf course. Phone: (304) 243-4085. Website: Oglebay Resort: 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, W.Va.: Oglebay Park features more than 1,700 acres of year-round recreation opportunities and varied overnight accommodations, from Wilson Lodge to its rustic cabins. Oglebay Park features championship golf courses in the Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer courses, along with 18 holes at both Crispin and Par 3 golf courses. Oglebay’s Good Zoo is the only official zoo in the Ohio Valley. New for 2013 is the animatronic dinosaur exhibits scattered throughout the zoo. Oglebay also features a large outdoor pool, tennis courts, horse stables, pedal boating, miniature golf, fishing on Schenk Lank and miles of paved walking and jogging trails. During the winter months, Oglebay is home to the nationally-renowned Winter Festival of Lights.



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