Off The Beaten PathOctober 10, 2016
Marion County has a great rail trail system. With more than 6 well-tended trails, this is a great way to explore the area.
However, sometimes you just want to get off the beaten path. And that leads us to these “roads less traveled”.
With 8 marked trails, you can explore the hillsides and lush forest on 18 leisurely rolling miles of mountain hiking and biking trails with the Tygart Valley River swirling nearby. In addition to the trails, this 1,145-acre day-use park hosts a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Pack a picnic and spend the day taking in the sites of the falls. The biking trails are so noted.
Be sure to catch the annual Valley Falls Challenge and Enduro Race. Bikers pedal their way through mountain terrain each Labor Day weekend.
This beautifully rustic wooded park is situated on approximately 112 acres of land, located in Pleasant Valley. The park is very serene and perfect for walking or nature watching. The paved loop is a little over 1 mile and is a favorite with pets and their parents.
The Celebration of Lights is a drive through animated light display held annually at Morris Park. But on Thursday, December 8th, walkers can take in the sites on foot.
Speaking of pets, FIDO’s Backyard, located at East Marion Park is Marion County’s off-leash dog park offering safe recreation for both 2 and 4-legged friends.
A few miles outside of Mannington, Curtisville Lake offers 695 acres of lush scenery around a 30-acre lake with hiking trails, campsites and picnicking areas.
Which do you prefer, walking on a rail trail or hiking off the beaten path?