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Wood County, WV Parks

West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulOne Government Square
P.O. Box 1627
Parkersburg, WV 26102

Explore Wood County, WV Parks!

BEST Places to PicnicWood County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 87,986. Its county seat is Parkersburg. Wood County is included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wood County was formed in 1798 from the western part of Harrison County and it was named for James Wood, governor of Virginia from 1796 to 1799.


Wood County's newest park, Fort Boreman is the site of a Civil War fort on a hilltop overlooking the scenic valley formed by the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers at Parkersburg. Built by Union troops to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad terminal and the key commercial river facilities in the valley, Fort Boreman was named for West Virginia�s first governor, Parkersburg citizen Arthur I. Boreman.

The fort site became a favorite overlook and picnic area in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, but by the mid-1900s it had become overgrown and forgotten. Plans to create a park were initiated in 1997, and the Fort Boreman site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Open year-round.

The park contains two shelters:

Enoch - Named after long time historian and park volunteer Bob Enoch

Underwood- named in memory of Former Governor Cecil H. Underwood


Located just outside of Williamstown near the Wood County Airport is Veterans Memorial Park. A day-use park with picnic and playground facilities, Veterans Memorial Park sits on a scenic wooded hilltop. It is available for family reunions, outdoor receptions and other gatherings. Open seasonally.

The park contains six shelters:
Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Navy, POW


If outdoor recreation is what you�re looking for, Mountwood Park is the place to go. Just 12 miles east of Parkersburg off of US Route 50, Mountwood Park features 2600 acres of natural rolling woodlands and plenty of activities for everyone from the nature lover to the extreme sports enthusiast.

The main attraction is the 50-acre lake full of game fish, including annual trout stockings in the winter and early spring. John boat, paddle boat and kayak rentals are available seasonally at the marina, and a handicapped-accessible fishing pier compliments nearly two miles of shoreline from which you can cast a line.

Mountwood has gained fame as a mountain biking destination with 25 miles of single track in addition to a network of roads and nearby access to the North Bend Rail Trail. The trails are also enjoyed by hikers, bird watchers and wildflower enthusiasts.

An 80-site campground with full hook-ups as well as primitive sites is conveniently located to all of the park�s facilities. Picnic areas and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park, and a 9-hole disc golf course is also available. Open year-round.

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