Visit Greater Parkersburg, West Virginia
In addition to our unique fantastic history and heritage attractions, the Greater Parkersburg area is also a great home base for an outdoor recreation getaway. Whether you prefer biking, hiking, or paddling, our area offers a full circle of outdoor adventure.
Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers, Point Park in Downtown Parkersburg is a great launch point for your biking and boating adventure. A paved, level trail provides a relaxing biking experience along the beautiful Ohio, and easy water access makes Point Park a paddler’s delight. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, one of the area’s most popular attractions, is just a short mile-and-a-half paddle down the beautiful Ohio River. Whether you travel to the island by kayak, paddle board, canoe, or the Island Belle sternwheel ferry; a one-of-a-kind historic attraction awaits your arrival. Tour the grounds and the beautifully reconstructed Blennerhassett mansion, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, or rent a bike and explore the island on your own.
Mountwood Park, with over 50 miles of trails and a convenient location just 15 minutes from downtown Parkersburg, is becoming a regional mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts. Switchback climbs lead to rolling ridge rides with long, swooping, down-hills. The park also features a great new machine-made flow trail – the Pumphouse Trail. For those who prefer a motorized adventure, Mountwood also offers an ATV Adventure Park, featuring approximately 25 miles of trails for four-wheelers or dirt bikes.
Less than 20 minutes farther east, North Bend State Park offers additional mountain bike options, with the adjacent North Bend Rail Trail State Park providing a perfect beginner and family biking experience on the gentle grade of the reclaimed railbed. The 72-mile rail-trail navigates through forest, fields, and rural countryside, taking travelers through 10 tunnels and across 36 bridges and is part of the 5,500-mile American Discovery Trail. Highlights include a 2,297-foot tunnel and the “haunted” Silver Run Tunnel. North Bend State Park Lake offers incredible flatwater kayaking experiences. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak or sit-on-top from our friends at North Bend Outfitters.
Add to your mountain bike or paddling getaway by traveling a short distance northeast along the Ohio River to the charming river town of Marietta, Ohio. Ride the Marietta Bike Trail System featuring 15 miles of rugged terrain and includes the 3-mile paved Marietta River Trail, a favorite of runners, walkers, and bikers. Paddling opportunities include the Muskingum River and other tributaries of the Ohio, as well as on the Ohio River itself. Need to rent a bike or kayak? Marietta Adventure Company is a full-service bike and kayak shop in downtown Marietta. The Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area just north of town features miles of trails for all skill levels. Hike the Broughton Green Trail for 1.9 miles of forested views or elevate your experience with 2.7-miles on the Broughton Orange Loop Trail.