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.
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.
November 1, 2, 8, 9, 2013
Saw-whet Owl Banding
Valley Falls State Park
Banding of Northern Saw-whet Owls (NSWO) is scheduled in October and November, weather permitting. Individuals interested in observing and assisting Herron with this activity should dress warm, bring a flashlight, a thermos of coffee, and a folding chair. Attendees will meet at Valley Falls State Park, in Marion County, W.Va. near Fairmont. Any questions or to learn about meeting time for either event, what you should bring to the program, and to registration to attend is requested.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact, Joey Herron at 304-203-5251
Valley Falls State Park is open to the public and there is no entry fee to enjoy the park. The park closes at dark and gates re-open at 7:00 a.m.