The Great Outdoors

Just miles wide in some sections, the Top of West Virginia is still chock full fabulous West Virginia green spaces, trails, parks, rivers and lakes. Brooke and Hancock counties and the City of Weirton offer opportunities for biking, hunting, fishing, golfing, disc golf, canoeing… you name it. West Virginia is still wild and wonderful at the top!

TRSP lake and cloudTomlinson Run State Park (Off WV Route 8 in Hancock County, near New Manchester)

  • 1,398 acres
  • Pool and waterslide
  • Multiple playgrounds
  • 4 Reservable Shelters
  • Campground with Camper Cabins and Yurts
  • Paddleboats and Rowboat Rentals
  • Miniature Golf & Disc Golf
  • Miles of hiking and biking trails
  • 28 acre lake and four bass ponds
  • Public concrete boat ramp is available and electric motors only are permitted
  • Trout stocked in stream and lake once each month February through May
  • Adult catfish are stocked each June
  • www.tomlinsonrunsp.com

Brooke Hills Park (Off WV 27, just over 5 miles from downtown Wellsburg)


Edgewater Park Campgrounds


Laurel Hollow Park (Off WV 2 in Newell)


Austin Lake


Hancock County Parks and Recreation

  • Gas Valley Sports Complex, Pavilion & Playground
  • Clarke Field Playground
  • Lawrenceville Park
  • Cove Valley Park
  • www.hancockcountywv.org

Brooke County Parks and Recreationbrooke hills park memorial WDT


Hillcrest Wildlife Management Area (Hancock County near New Cumberland, access is off of WV 8 via County Route 18)

  • 2,212 acres in Hancock County
  • Hunting opportunities
  • Public shooting range

Kennedy Marina and Campgrounds (110 Kennedy Marina Park Dr., Newell, WV 26050)


Cross Creek Wildlife Management Area (Approximately 6 miles northeast of Wellsburg along County Route 7)

  • 2,078 acres in Brooke County
  • Hunting opportunities
  • Beaver ponds located along Parmar Run

Castlemans Run Lake Wildlife Management Area

  • 486 acres in split between Brooke and Ohio Counties
  • Hunting opportunities
  • Fishing opportunities on the 22 acre lake
  • Trout stocking, once in February and bi-weekly March through May
  • Adult channel catfish stocked once during June
  • Small boat ramp, electric motors only

WMA Maps available @ www.wvdnr.gov/wmamapproj/INDEX.shtm


Ohio River Public Access Sites

  • Chester
  • New Cumberland
  • Weirton
  • Wellsburg
  • Kings Creek
  • Hancock County
  • Trout stocking, stocked once in February and once every two weeks from March through May

Buffalo Creek (USFWS Ohio River Island Wildlife Refuge, mainland)

  • Brooke County
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Trout stocking, stocked once in February and once every two weeks from March through May
  • Canoe float trip along Buffalo Creek

Trailblazing!

Did you know the industrial Northern Panhandle has a softer side? Three scenic, fresh-air trails!

Grab your running shoes, walking sandals or bike and head out to the Brooke Pioneer Trail SystemWellsburg Yankee Rail Trail or the Panhandle Rail-Trail, which begins in Weirton and will take you 29 miles to Carnegie, PA!

Brooke Pioneer Trail
Brooke Pioneer Trail

Connected in 2010, the Brooke Pioneer Trail and Yankee Rail Trail run from Wellsburg to Wheeling, following the east bank of the mighty Ohio River. Together, the trails offer 18 miles of history, with many signs along the way that detail the history of the Panhandle Railroad.

The trail is paved and wheelchair-accessible and is open to skaters, joggers, bikers and even fishermen, who can stop along the banks of the Ohio to fish!

The wide, packed-gravel Panhandle Trail is open to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, with many easy access points along the way. Locals have created colorful sculptures out of recycled materials, such as handcrafted birdhouses, and colorful old shoes, to enhance the trail. You never know what art you may come across.

Panhandle Trail
Panhandle Trail

Spring and summer, when flowering shrubs and wildflowers dress up various landscaped trailheads and access points, are great times to bike the Panhandle. Between June and October, the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail sponsors several annual events on the trail. The friends group also maintains the trail from Walkers Mill to Greg Station.

Contact the Top of West Virginia CVB to request a Rail Trail brochure or learn more information about trail heads and nearby attractions along the trails!