Off The Beaten Path

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”.

 

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Rhododendron Trail at Valley Falls State Park

 

Valley Falls State Park

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.

 

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Valley Falls Challenge – WVMBA XC

 

Be sure to catch the annual Valley Falls Challenge and Enduro Race. Bikers pedal their way through mountain terrain each Labor Day weekend.

 

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Morris Park has a one mile paved loop plus wooded area trails

 

Morris Park

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.

 

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Celebration of Lights animated light display

 

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.

 

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FIDO’s Backyard dog park

 

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.

 

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Curtisville Lake and Campground

 

Curtisville Lake and Campground

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?

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