Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**
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.
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.
Before Valley Falls became a state park, this section of the Tygart Valley River in the 1800s was a thriving railroad community and a popular recreation area. During this "boom" period, Valley Falls had a B&O Railroad Depot Station, grist mill, post office, sawmills, shops and a ferry. Between 1886 and 1888, a fire and flood swept through the community. Some repairs were made but the town never fully recovered. In 1964, the state park system acquired the falls and the surrounding land. This picturesque river gorge became Valley Falls State Park.
Today Valley Falls State Park is a place of scenic beauty and historical significance and has continued to grow in popularity with both local and out of state visitors.
- Valley Falls State Park provides its visitors with a selection of activities including picnicking, fishing, game courts and hiking trails.
Hiking on 18 miles of hiking trails (suitable for all ages and abilities)
Tygart Valley River Trail - .2 mile
Mostly level with one steep incline
Rhododendron Trail - 3.2 miles
Moderately steep near end, otherwise relatively easy
Deer Trail - 2.1 miles
About 50% nearly level with modest up hill grade
Red Cardinal Trail - 2 miles
All down hill from park entrance.
Dogwood Trail - .8 mile
Steep from Rhododendron Trail, then leveling off
Wild Turkey Trail - 1.2 miles
Extremely steep from either end, otherwise follows near level ridge.
Red Fox Trail - .8 mile
Steep grade from Deer Trail
Sightseeing (remains of sawmill and grist mill are still present and the spectacular view of the Great Falls)
Picnic areas available with picnic tables and shelter rental
Playgrounds and a Volleyball area
Horseshoes pitching areas
Whitewater rafting is nearby
Parking, bathrooms, drinking fountain and picnic tables are available for the disabled
Recreation - Fishing, Picnicking
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
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.