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West Virginia: Wild and Wonderful Horseshoe Picnic Area

Cheat Ranger District
PO Box 368
Parsons WV 26287
Phone: (304)478-2000

Horseshoe Recreational Area copyright map by Alan EastepConstructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Horseshoe is nestled in the mountains of West Virginia along Horseshoe Run.

Located approximately 7 miles northeast of St. George, West Virginia, on State Route 7.

From Parsons take State Route 72 northeast to State Route 5 to St. George. As you enter St. George, turn south on State Route 1. Follow State Route 1 to the intersection of State Route 7. Turn left on State Route 7 and continue past the YMCA Camp Horseshoe to the Horseshoe Recreation Area entrance.

Open yearly from early May through early December.

Each site has:

  • picnic tables
  • grills
  • waste receptacles. 
  • There are accessible vault toilets and non-accessible flush toilets available. 
  • Hand pumps and a drinking fountain with a faucet is available.

There are several hiking trails in this area - Maxwell Run, #157, 2.1 miles in length; McKinley Run #154, 1.0 miles in length; Lost Run, #155, 1.8 miles in length; Dorman Ridge, #153, 1.4 miles in length; and Two Camp, #111, .2 miles in length.

There are 13 single sites available at Horseshoe Campground. A large wooded area for tent camping is located north and east and serves as an overflow camping area. The area has picnic tables, fire rings, water and flush toilets.

Fishing is allowed in Horseshoe Run. A valid West Virginia State Fishing License is required, along with a National Forest stamp and a trout stamp. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing and hunting licensing requirements.

There is large and small reservable pavilions available for group and family outings. The pavilions may be reserved online or by calling (877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be made at least 5 days prior to your arrival and can be made up to 360 days in advance.

There is a large open field for horseshoe games and field sports. There is river access for swimming but there is no lifeguard on duty.

There are no fees for use of the picnic area. There is a fee for reserving the pavilions.

Reservable - No. Picnic sites are on a first come, first served basis.

  • Dogs are permitted if on a leash at all times.
  • Picnic area limited to day-use only.
  • This area is operated under permit by Ohio-WV YMCA (304)478-2481.

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