Make Grant County Your Tourist Destination

How better to describe Grant County and its vast array of leisure-time activities. The range of opportunities for "rest and relaxation" is astounding. With the advent of each season, you can choose from many diversions that promise fun for the whole family! Snow skiing, water skiing, spelunking, hiking, canoeing and fishing are but a few of the pursuits that the area boasts. "Leaf lookers" will also be impressed with the breathtaking fall foliage that envelops the mountains surrounding Grant County!

The Grant County Parks and Recreation Department takes great pride in making available a wide range of recreational activities. It maintains the eight county parks and oversees a well developed organized sports programs for all ages. Among the offerings are little league football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and soccer. The parks feature amenities including lighted tennis courts, ball fields and a municipal swimming pool.

Nearby recreational opportunities include Canaan Valley, Black Water Falls, Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, Monongahela National Forrest, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, rock climbing, swimming, golfing and winter sports.

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is another portion of the Monongahela National Forest which boasts breathtaking vistas and demanding hiking trails. Fisherman and water sports enthusiasts will certainly consider this area of West Virginia "almost heaven," thanks to the abundance of opportunities to enjoy their favorite diversions. The North Fork of the South Branch River is home to the best trout fishing in West Virginia and is stocked by two local fish hatcheries. In addition to trout, anglers can also catch black bass.

More adventurous souls will want to take advantage of the excellent white water tubing and canoeing available on the South Branch.

Let's go spelunking! In Grant County, there are several commercial and non-commercial caverns which allow exploration. These caverns offer everyone the opportunity to view unique geologic formations that had their beginnings nearly 225 million years ago.

Do you prefer soaring? If so, this is the place for you! A "Wave Camp," sponsored by a nearby soaring association, is held annually in Petersburg and attracts pilots from other states and foreign countries. The Allegheny Mountains form the primary East Coast wave generator, which makes for great soaring when coupled with the distinctive conditions around the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area plateau. A ridge near the plateau runs from Pennsylvania to Tennessee and has been instrumental in creating world record distance flights.

Perhaps the age-old sport of hunting appeals to you. Grant County is known throughout the region for its variety of game and fowl. Enthusiast can hunt bear, deer, squirrel, turkey, grouse and quail-ample population of each promise excitement during the hunting seasons.

Maybe your idea of fun is to relax-if so, just absorb the beauty of your unique surroundings. With its majestic peaks and sparkling waters, this area is a haven to those seeking peace and quiet. However, when the days begin to shortening and summer slips into fall, these same majestic peaks explode in a blaze of brilliant color. The hardwood forests that cover the mountains produce an autumnal show that rivals the much-acclaimed fall foliage of the New England states. As you can see, Grant County is a recreational wonderland for all seasons and all interests. Come and experience the unique diversions that our area offers-you'll discover the rest and relaxation or adventurous activities tailor made for you!

Less than 3 hours from major airports in Washington DC, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, and known for its warm hospitality, Grant County evokes fond memories in the minds of thousands of visitors each year.