10 Must-Do Fall Activities in Greater Parkersburg

September 23, 2022
Fort Boreman Scenic Hike

It’s officially sweater weather! With the dropping of temperatures comes the changing of leaves, and here at Visit Greater Parkersburg, we know exactly where you need to be for the best fall activities and views.

  1. Fort Boreman Park (pictured above) – Located two miles from downtown Parkersburg, the park features Union Civil War trenches, interpretive signage, picnic shelters and spectacular views of Parkersburg and the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers. In the fall, the views are exceptionally spectacular. Learn More
  2. Blennerhassett Island State Park – Only a 20-minute sternwheel boat ride away, the island is the perfect way to travel back in time, transporting history buffs to the early 19th century. A special candlelight tour occurs every Fall in early October (10/7/22 & 10/8/22) where Blennerhassett Island and its magnificent mansion are illuminated by hundreds of candles and lantern boxes. While on the island, plan to take a horse-drawn wagon ride, visit the gift shop, and warm yourself by the bonfire. A special candlelight harvest supper is offered with some of your fall favorite foods. Learn More
  3. Julia-Ann Square Historic District – One of the largest and oldest historic districts in West Virginia, Julia-Ann Square was an important center in West Virginia’s early history and features beautiful historic homes and magnificent architecture. Come to the Welcome Center at 113 Ann St. for a walking tour guide including 49 houses and a historic church. When the leaves are changing, this historic district is particularly enchanting. Learn More
  4. North Bend State Park & Rail Trail – 17 hiking trails with a total of 26 miles are available for all skill levels including the “Extra Mile” trail, which is paved and level. Spend the weekend at the 2,500-acre North Bend State Park, located in Cairo, WV, where you can stay at the lodge, deluxe cabin, or the campground before or after a long hike. Don’t miss a walk on the North Bend Rail Trail. The trail stretches 72 miles through 13 tunnels, including the infamous haunted Silver Run Tunnel. Learn More
  5. The Historic Blennerhassett Hotel – Discover the Blennerhassett Hotel and Spa’s invigorating charm and storied history at The Mid-Ohio Valley’s premiere landmark. This boutique hotel will be impeccably decorated for fall, the outdoor patio will be heated, and the menu will be full of seasonal items and fall-themed drinks. You can also take a Spooktacular Tour through October to hear paranormal stories from the Hotel. Learn More
  6. Mountwood Park – One of West Virginia’s largest and most beautiful parks, located twelve miles east of Parkersburg, Mountwood is home to 2,600 acres of natural, rolling woodlands. Rent a Cabin and enjoy the fire ring, charcoal grill, and scenic hikes. Learn More
  7. Scots Marketplace & Greenhouse – Get your mums, pumpkins, and gourds from this adorable family-owned business! You can also visit Sugar Grove, their ice-cream parlor with seasonal sweet treats like an Autumn Shake, Candy Corn Float, and Hocus Pocus Sundae. Yum! Learn More
  8. WineTree Vineyards – This local winery grows the grapes, ferments and bottles their own wines on the WineTree farm. Enjoy a scenic wine tasting out by the fire pit! Learn More
  9. JR’s Donut Castle – For over 45 years, JR’s Donut Castle has been serving up fresh donuts, breads, and pastries to the Mid-Ohio Valley. When fall rolls around, so do the pumpkin rolls! Learn More
  10. Alpaca Run Farm – Visit a Suri alpaca farm that sells alpaca products, like amazingly soft fuzzy socks! Stay in their 1-bedroom historical-log cabin and make friends with some adorable alpacas. Learn More

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