A Hidden Gem: Tomlinson Run State Park
When you think of West Virginia, you might picture one of these iconic scenes: the New River Gorge, Seneca Rocks, the Gauley River, and Blackwater Falls among countless others. These highly trafficked spots are often on the outdoor enthusiast’s bucket list. If you’re looking for a lesser-known park with no shortage of natural beauty, then Tomlinson Run State Park is the perfect hidden gem.
Tomlinson Run offers a plethora of reasons to visit, whether you’re into hiking, fishing, camping, or just relaxing. Known as West Virginia’s “top” state park, it’s 1,398 acres lie along the Ohio River near the tip of the Northern Panhandle. The park is divided into two sections: a wilderness area with heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale, with many wildflowers and fauna, and a developed area with traditional park offerings.
Several grist mills operated along the waters of Tomlinson Run in the 1800’s. In the 1930’s, the land was purchased and developed into a state park by the National Conservation Commission. WPA workers even constructed the dam and 29 acre lake at the park, and a few of the trails established during the New Deal era are still in use today.
The park has expanded its offerings in recent years, with recreational activities such as boating, disc golf, swimming, and additional camping options. 48 traditional campsites are available, but Tomlinson Run also offers a few camper cabins and unique yurts for rent. With picnic tables, grills, and fire rings at each site, a rustic stay at Tomlinson is sure to create lasting memories for the whole family to enjoy.