“Alone Time” in Marion County: Places for Introverts to RechargeJune 24, 2016
After the hustle and bustle of festivals, picnics and parades this summer as you explore Marion County, you may find yourself feeling drained.
As an introvert, you may feel the call of the solitary, cajoling you to leave behind the busy streets and family meets and just relax, recharging your batteries for whatever comes next.
In Marion County, we have plenty of places for the introvert to unwind and come back to life. Check out these great options for alone time!
Snag a Dock
For peace and quiet and a river breeze, head down to Rivesville town hall and check out the dock behind the building!
You’ll be able to sit on a bench or dip your feet in the Monongahela River as you watch boats and ducks glide by.
Rivesville doesn’t have a monopoly on docks in this county! See how many other docks you can find in the county lines for peace, quiet and poetic beauty on our rivers.
Catch the Wet
For a one-person wet adventure, take a trip on the West Fork River in a kayak or a canoe! The watershed trail on this river is a fantastic place to float your small boat and breath in a natural cure for people overload!
Take a hike up to Valley Falls for breathless views and peaceful muses. Whether you decide to daringly kayak over the falls or dine in the forest for a one-person picnic, you can find plenty of peace to keep your mind and heart at ease.
For a true fishing enthusiast, sometimes the best days are spontaneous trips with you, your pole and your bait.
For even more privacy, get a fishing license from Main Street Trader in Mannington and head on down to the river for a fishing getaway afternoon!
Take a Hike
For early morning sun and peace away from the sound of cars, head out to the Rail Trails of Marion County!
By bike or by foot, take your time walking one of our two trails. This could be the MCTRAIL that includes the Pricketts Fort trailhead, the 1,200-foot-long Meredith Tunnel, and the Connector Trail or the West Fork River trail, but rest-assured, you will be refreshed by the view!
Explore the Past
For an adventure throughout the centuries, visit the historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
You can stroll at your own pace through history as you encounter the final resting places of Fairmont’s founding father Boaz Fleming, West Virginia’s father Francis Pierpont and his wife Julia and others who contributed to making Marion County great!
See if you can find the oldest grave this historical treasure has to offer!
With collections ranging from the Revolutionary War to coal mining history, you’ll spend the time immersed in the past before emerging to reconnect with the present!
Spend some time searching out your own history at the Marion County Library’s genealogical room!
With volumes of census records, birth and death certificates, family histories and more, you can get lost in your ancestry and discover your lineage and more!
The room also boasts a computer, microfilm reader and coin-operated copy machine for research you want to take home to the family!
Read a Book
Whether you want to escape to space or a made-up place, Kerri’s has books of every genre available for your approval.
They also can order any book you want to read, so start dreaming big!
With locations in Fairmont, Fairview, Mannington and on the Bookmobile, you never have to travel far for a good read for free!
The Marion County Library system is a treat you can enjoy from the quietness of the building or from the comfort of home with the eBook lending system.
Now books aren’t the only thing to enjoy from this special place! Movies, games and more can be streamed or rented for free.
So grab a cozy blanket and a bag of fresh popcorn and get to relaxing in your own special way!
Pick a Park
For a natural experience to recharge and read Thoreau or Whitman, pick any of our Marion County parks, both county and city operated!
Some highlights for solitude include the rustic forests of Morris Park or the rushing water of Worthington Park, but take some time to explore all the parks and what they have to offer!
Dent’s Run Wildlife Reservation
For hunting opportunities in season or a solitary shooting range experience check out the Wildlife Management area near Mannington.
Fishing, hunting and shooting in the great outdoors are all the “range” at this beautiful outdoor paradise. With over 1,000 acres to roam, you can get easy alone time and a story to bring home!
Rent a bike, take a hike or observe some birds at this state park!
From the bird-watching observation deck to classes in colonial cooking, you don’t have to endure city living when you take a trip back in time!
The peace and quiet of the olden days will beckon you back again and again!
Stretch it Out
Pick up your mat and prepare to relax with either a yoga or pilates class from the new Main Street Yoga.
With classes ranging from the lunch hour to evenings, you will be sure to find peaceful people waiting to join you in your adventures in getting in focus and in shape!
Yoga in the Park
Join the rare crowd that will let you be by yourself as you sway and stretch, while seeing all the beauty surrounding you.
This calming experience will have you ready for whatever comes next in your day!
Take some time to unwind and shop the spacious stalls of the Arts and Antiques Marketplace!
Open seven days a week, this central location to downtown Fairmont is always an option to shop when you need some chill time!
For ten years this seller has provided a blast from the past for interested antique buyers and browsers!
WIth a large collection of primitives, advertising, and glassware, along with a large military collection, this mall is made for those who love living with mementos from the past!
Take all the time you need at this friendly antique-land treat!
Grab Some Joe
After all this running around, you are probably ready for some real relaxation with a good strong cup of joe!
Now that you are rested, rejuvenated and recovered all your energy, turn your attention to spending time in Marion County showing some love to the people you care about! Just don’t give up all of your secret spots!
So where do you find solace in Marion County?