Valley Falls State Park

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Valley Falls State Park

West Virginia

(304) 367-2719

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Overview

Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 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.

The beauty of the park is enhanced by the spectacular series of foaming falls which were created by the dark, rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River and provides a boundary between Marion and Taylor counties. The prevalent rock formation known as Connoquenessing Sandstone, forms the cap of the falls over which the river plunges and swirls and appears both as ledges and huge room size boulders for over a mile down the narrow canyon floor.

Map of Valley Falls (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.393379, -80.082526

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Deer Trail - 2.1 miles About 50% nearly level with modest up hill grade. Dogwood Trail - .8 mile Steep from Rhododendron Trail, then leveling off. Red Cardinal Trail - 1 mile, All down hill from park entrance. Red Fox Trail - .35 miles (short) Steep grade from intersection with Deer Trail. Rocky Trail- 1.8 miles, very steep at both ends with a short level area on top of the ridge. Rhododendron Trail - 1.9 miles, moderately steep near end, otherwise relatively easy. Tygart Valley (River) Trail - .2 mile, mostly level with one steep incline. Wild Turkey Trail - 1.8 miles, extremely steep on both ends, otherwise follows a near level ridge.

    Trails suitable for biking are clearly marked and signed.

  • Fishing

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Hiking

    Deer Trail - 2.1 miles, about 50% nearly level with modest up hill grade. Dogwood Trail - .8 mile Steep from Rhododendron Trail, then leveling off. Red Cardinal Trail - 1 mile, All down hill from park entrance. Red Fox Trail - .35 miles (short) Steep grade from intersection with Deer Trail. Rocky Trail- 1.8 miles, Very steep at both ends with a short level area on top of the ridge. Rhododendron Trail - 1.9 miles, Moderately steep near end, otherwise relatively easy. Tygart Valley (River) Trail - .2 mile,Mostly level with one steep incline. Wild Turkey Trail - 1.8 miles, Extremely steep on both ends, otherwise follows a near level ridge.

  • Historic Sites

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas available with picnic tables and shelter rental.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and wading in the river is not permitted. Kayaks only are permitted to run the falls on the Tygart Valley River at Valley Falls. Registration at the park prior to kayaking is required

Directions

Driving

From I-79, take Exit 137, then 310 south for 7 miles. Turn right at the Valley Falls State Park sign. Go two miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 367-2719

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