Escape, Discover, and Play in Greater Parkersburg

How to Have a Fun Vacation in Greater Parkersburg


Visit Parkersburg Wood County, West Virginia.

With the majestic Ohio River as a backdrop, we invite you to come escape, discover and play in Greater Parkersburg.

Just south of Parkersburg, West Virginia, you’ll feel like Tom Sawyer as you paddle down river in an authentic sternwheeler to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

Listening to the steady churning of the engine and feeling the occasional spray of the paddle wheel, you’ll be quietly lulled into believing you’ve escaped every care in the world. The mystery and romance that shrouds the island’s original owners is intriguing and entertaining. As you tour the exquisite mansion you will hear the tale of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett and their ill-fated relationship to Aaron Burr that eventually cost them their beloved paradise. Visitors to the island (open May-October) also enjoy wagon rides and the mansion’s sprawling lawns.

Back on the mainland continue your exploration into the region’s history by touring the Oil & Gas Museum. You’ll feel as if you were an eyewitness to the development of the early boomtowns as you view photographs and videos, equipment and other artifacts. The story of the industries’ early beginnings will come to life as you discover how they influenced West Virginia’s bid for statehood.

Enjoy a savory lunch (and an unsurpassed wine list) at Spats, in the historic Blennerhassett Hotel. Built in 1889, the hotel is known for its impeccable service and gourmet cuisine.

As the sun begins to set, stroll through Julia-Ann Square Historic District—West Virginia’s largest residential historic district—where oil barons displayed their newfound wealth in gleaming splendor. Then take in a panoramic view of the valley atopFortBoremanHistoricPark. The park features original Union Civil War fort trenches, magnificent views of theOhio River, and interpretive signage.

Another favorite lunch spot, da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant, is located in neighboring Williamstown, W.Va. Their menu lists a quirky twist by offering a trademarked German Pizza.

Just a mile from da Vinci’s is one of America’s finest heritage assets, Henderson Hall, a 17-room mansion built in 1859 as the crown jewel of a 2,600-acre plantation. Self-guided tours are available daily. Then view the world through cranberry colored glass at the century old Fenton Art Glass. New in 2012 Fenton offers a free tour of its handmade bead department. Watch as masters crafts people design works of art before your eyes!

Cap off your visit to the river cities with a sweet sensation at Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier in Vienna, WV. After browsing through several cases of handmade European-style chocolate, create your own customized box.

Outdoor Adventures

Just a short drive from Parkersburg, North Bend State Park is tucked quietly into the foothills of the Hughes River. Easy on the eyes, the park offers 2,400-acres of outdoor fun, not to mention a cozy lodge, dining room, cabins, campsites, 305-acre lake and 72-mile long rail trail system.


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