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West Virginia
Mountaineer Country Region
Valley Falls State Park
VALLEY FALLS STATE PARK
VALLEY FALLS STATE PARK
Rt. 6 Box 244
Fairmont, West Virginia   26273

Phone: 304-367-2719
Toll Free: 800-225-5982
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Valley Falls State Park
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Valley Falls State Park
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Valley Falls State Park
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Valley Falls State Park
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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, whitewater rafting, 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.
History of the Area
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.


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Hiking Trails

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.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 23 Family friendly by FamilyOf7
My family loves going to Valley Falls. We just discovered this beautiful park over the summer. We made several trips and my children cannot seem to get enough of the new play area. We drive 30 minutes just so the kids can play there after we go for a walk along the trail.


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Directions
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.

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Valley Falls State Park
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