Greater Parkersburg
Seasonal Fun

Seasonal Fun

As each season unfolds it brings new opportunities to discover Greater Parkersburg’s outdoor experiences, captivating history, and pure family fun. Spring brings bird watching moments; summer offers relaxing paddles the Ohio River Water Trail; full ushers in ghost tours; and winter presents a wide variety of live performances on stage.

Find your inspiration & begin planning a visit today!



  • Sit on the swings and watch the sunset over the river from Point Park.
  • Head down to Blennerhassett Island and enjoy a stroll around the grounds. (May-October)
  • Walk through Julia-Ann Square Historic District and smell the flowering trees.
  • Take a cruise on the Valley Gem. (May-December)
  • Rent a kayak from North Bend Outfitters and navigate through the standing trees at North Bend Lake that are home to a large population of red-headed woodpeckers.



  • Grab a fishing pole and head to Mountwood Park.
  • Put on your hiking shoes and enjoy a trail at North Bend State Park.
  • Launch your kayak and paddle the Ohio River Water Trail.
  • Attend one of the area’s major events like the Parkersburg Homecoming, Multi-Cultural Festival or the WV State Honey Festival.
  • Bring your yoga mat and a friend down to the river for Yoga at Point Park. (Wednesday evenings)



  • Join Marietta Adventure Company for their Backwater Fall Foliage Kayaking Trip.
  • Listen and learn about history and true crimes during the Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours.
  • Explore new roads while you take in the fall foliage by motorcycle.
  • Load up your ATV and hit the trails at Mountwood’s ATV Park.
  • Enjoy a great event like Downtown Throwdown or Mansion by Candlelight.
  • See the world from a different perspective by going on a Rock Climbing Quest at North Bend State Park.



  • Join the winter lecture series at Blennerhassett Museum.
  • Watch a performance at the Smoot Theatre, Actors Guild, or Peoples Bank Theatre.
  • Explore the exhibits at the Parkersburg Art Center.
  • Learn new techniques during cooking classes at The Cook’s Shop.
  • Cozy into a cabin at North Bend State Park.
  • Attend a Wine & Dine at The Blennerhassett Hotel, Unicorn Wine Guild, Point Park Marketplace, or House of Wines.   

For more inspiration visit the "Things to Do" or "Events" Page!          

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