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Explore Mineral County, WV Parks & Recreation

West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulMineral County Parks and Recreation
150 Armstrong Street
Keyser, WV 26726

Mineral County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 27,078. Its county seat is Keyser.

Larenim Park

Owned by the Mineral County Commission and operated by Parks and Recreation, the park size is 365 acres. Includes two pavilions with 10 tables, an amphitheatre with seating capacity of 600. One Little League field and one softball field. Fishing Areas; 2-flood control dams stocked by WVDNR (5 acres and 2.5 acres). All 365 acres are open to public hunting by permit. Approximately five miles of trails. An arboretum is under construction at Larenim to include a Shale Barrens Conservancy. Larenim Park is also home to the local theatre group, McNeill's Rangers.

Barnum Whitewater Area

The Barnum Whitewater Area (BWA) is growing to be a popular recreational spot along the North Branch of the Potomac River in Mineral County. This area has approximately one mile of river frontage along the old CSX railway making it one of the best trout streams in West Virginia and also provides seven miles of whitewater rafting for the entire family to enjoy. You can continue to lean back and take pleasure in your stay by securing one of the five cabins available through the Parks Office.

Leased by the Mineral County Commission from the USACOE and operated by Parks and Recreation, with the size of approximately 40 acres. Includes four miles of rail/trail. Access point to fish on the North Branch of the Potomac River below Jennings Randolph Lake. Access for whitewater activities; whitewater rafting/canoeing. Public hunting permitted on the 1200 surrounding acres state lands.


Owned by Mineral County Board of Education and leased to Mineral County Camp Association (A non-profit organization that is responsible for the care of the park.), Minco Park's size is 13.5 acres. Its' facilities include two pavilions with 50 picnic tables, nine cabins, a dining hall with a capacity of 300, one softball field, a chapel, meeting room, and bath/shower facilities.

Van Myra Campground

Owned by the State of West Virginia and leased by Mineral County, the campground area is ten acres. Three picnic tables, four mini-pavilions, and picnic area only comprise this facility. The Ruitens are responsible for the care of this facility.

Dam Site #21

Owned by Mineral County Commission, 178 acres, with no facilities. Fishing: 10 acres flood control dam.

See Jennings Randolph Lake

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