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Valley Falls State Park
West Virginia State Park
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Counties Marion, Taylor
Elevation 1,558 ft (474.9 m)
Coordinates 39°23′38″N 80°04′56″W / 39.39389°N 80.08222°W / 39.39389; -80.08222
Area 1,145 acres (463.4 ha)
Established 1964 [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Grafton, West Virginia
Location of Valley Falls State Park in West Virginia
Website: Valley Falls State Park

Valley Falls State Park is a 1,145 acre (4.63 km²) day use facility sited along both banks of the Tygart Valley River. The park is located about 7 miles (11 km) south of exit 137 of I-79, near Fairmont, West Virginia.

The park's main feature is a half-mile long set of waterfalls that separate Marion and Taylor County, West Virginia. The park and river provide a popular and risky kayaking run.[2]

Although the falls are an inviting spot, swimming is not allowed. [3] However, it is not uncommon on a hot summer day to see numerous sunbathers relaxing on the large flat rocks that cover the area near the river.

In the 19th century a small community thrived along the river at the current state park's location. The ruins of a sawmill and a gristmill are still visible along the river.[3]

Contents

Features

  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Picnic area
  • Volleyball court
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

See also

West Virginia portal

References

  1. ^ Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3.  
  2. ^ In Life and Death, a Reminder of Whitewater's Power, Washington Post, July 31, 2005, Page E03, accessed September 6, 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Recreation Page". Valley Falls State Park web site. West Virginia State Parks. http://www.valleyfallsstatepark.com/recreation.html. Retrieved December 25, 2008.  

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