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Welcome To The Middle Of Outdoor Recreation

Marion County, West Virginia, is your one-stop destination for water adventures all summer long! 

Paddle On

Marion County is home to three magnificent rivers — the Monongahela, Tygart Valley and West Fork — offering a variety of ways to cool off and soak up the scenery. Glide down the gentle currents of the Monongahela, affectionately nicknamed “The Mon.” This 130-mile wonder is famous for its scenic curves and falling banks. Launch your kayak, paddleboard, canoe or boat from one of Marion County’s three convenient boat launches: Palatine Park, Rivesville or Pricketts Fort State Park.

Test Your Skills

Thrill-seekers can take on the exhilarating whitewater rapids at Valley Falls State Park for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Kayakers are invited to test the waters of the Tygart Valley River that runs through the park. Fast currents and rocky falls make each section of the Valley Falls to Hammond kayaking route a challenge. Rated a class II-IV in difficulty, this 3.4-mile route features three drops: the Valley Falls (Class IV), the Hamburger Helper (Class IV+) and the Twist and Shout Takeout.

Please note: Before putting on the water, kayakers must sign a waiver at the superintendent’s office. 

Make A Splash!

Looking for a refreshing dip? Take a break from the sun at the Wave Pool at East Marion Park, or cool off at the Mannington Pool at Hough Park or the 12th Street Pool in Fairmont. For some family-friendly fun, head to Palatine Park’s kid-friendly splash pad!

A New Way To Float

Marion County offers a unique adventure for outdoor enthusiasts with F.L.O.A.T. — the Fairmont Land or Aquatic Trail. This challenge combines exploration with the beauty of nature. Seek out 30 hidden caches — half along the tranquil Mon River between Palatine Park and Pricketts Fort, and the other half found on the scenic MC Trail for hikers. Complete either the kayaking or hiking trail to earn a commemorative coin hidden at Pricketts Fort.

Reel In Memories

Marion County’s landscapes provide the best backdrop for fishing enthusiasts, whether you prefer the serenity of fly fishing or the thrill of reel fishing. Cast your line for bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass, trout and even striped bass.

Finding your perfect fishing spot is easy. Cast your line at Worthington Park, a 10-acre dam and park on the West Fork River Rail Trail, stocked with hybrid bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass. Head to Pricketts Fort State Park along the Monongahela River for a chance to catch abundant walleye and sauger. Or, enjoy catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, northern pike and trout at Guyses Run Fishing Park.

Before you cast your line, gear up at Natives Fly Fishing and Outfitter! They’ve got everything from top-notch rods and reels to flies and landing nets, catering to both seasoned anglers and beginners. And for those seeking an unforgettable experience, Natives offers guided musky and smallmouth floats, or even overnight expeditions. 

Find Your Perfect Home Base

Stay near the water at Curtisville Lake and Campground, offering 695 acres of stunning scenery surrounding a 30-acre lake. Here you’ll find fishing opportunities, hiking trails, campsites and picnic areas. Alternatively, choose a waterfront vacation rental for a truly immersive experience. For those seeking convenience, Marion County offers a variety of hotels with all the amenities, conveniently located near restaurants and shops.

Request a free copy of the Marion County Visitors Guide to start planning your summer getaway.

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