8 April Activities To Help You Spring Into Action

Pricketts Fort State Park

Ahh spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ADVENTURE! Who has time for love when there is so much to do in Marion County?

Sure, we’ve had a pretty mild winter but that doesn’t mean we’re not ready to get out there and explore. Many of our events are not just unique to West Virginia but exclusive to Marion County.


bluegrass music at Mountain State History Expo

Mountain State History Expo


Back to the Future — WV style
Sorry, folks. We don’t have any magical Deloreans, but the Marion County Courthouse on April 1 is the next best thing. That’s where you can sample historical treats (hardtack!), browse exhibits, and listen to bluegrass at the Mountaineer State History Expo. As an added bonus, you can meet Civil War reenactors and “Governor Pierpont”!

There’s also the School of the Longhunter. Immerse yourself in pioneer history with engrossing workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and more. It’s a long weekend no armchair historian can resist!


basket weaving

Historic Arts Workshop with Helen Efaw


Arts n’ letters at Pricketts Fort
With Helen Efaw, a skilled artisan, turn reeds and oak handles into a lovely keepsake at the Basket Workshop. It’s a delightful way to learn Appalachian craftsmanship, too. Bring a lunch and get weaving April 22.

You can also catch up with author Richard Fleming on April 23. He’ll be presenting his latest novel, which follows the life of Louis Wetzel— a feisty frontiersman who protected settlements, fought native tribes, and lived a devil-may-care lifestyle.



Family Fishing Day at Curtisville Lake


Fishies and birdies for the kiddies
A day at the lake: to young imaginations, it’s the stuff of legends. Family Fishing Day on April 14 does the trick with warm sunshine, acres of woodsy shoreline, and rumors of “the big one.” Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Folks 15 and up must have a fishing license, although DNR officers will be on hand to help kids with tackle.

The Annual Spring Bird Walks are back, too. These leisurely Saturday strolls are a treat for young and old alike. Even if you can’t tell the difference between a robin and Big Bird, no problem. DNR officers will search with you on April 22 and 29 (and again on May 6).

What’s cookin’ at Sagebrush Round-Up
Bluegrass Saturday on April 29 welcomes local musicians and travelling bands — sometimes the best in the business. As with any Sagebrush Round-up show, you can count on a home-cooked meal and a traditional family atmosphere. There’s music every Saturday, too!


rides at Valley Worlds of Fun

Valley Worlds of Fun


Your spring break survival guide
Easter is almost here, and you know what that means: family time! Keep your bunnies hopping with miniature golf, Valley Worlds of Fun, youth fishing, and more! Check out our kid’s itinerary to start planning.


What’s your favorite spring activity?


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