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Valley Falls State Park, Grafton

#28 of 60 in Nature in West Virginia
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Valley Falls State Park is a 1,145 acre (4.63 km²) day use facility sited along both banks of the Tygart Valley River. The park is located about 7 miles (11 km) south of exit 137 of I-79, near Fairmont, West Virginia.

The park's main feature is a half-mile long set of cascades — the "Valley Falls" — that separate Marion and Taylor County, West Virginia. The park and river provide a popular and risky kayaking run.
Although the falls are an inviting spot, swimming is not allowed.

Local tradition had it that early settler Jonathan Nixon, Sr (1753-1799) was the first white man to look upon the falls. In the 19th century a small community thrived along the river at the current state park's location. The ruins of a sawmill and a gristmill are still visible along the river.
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  • Absolutely breathtaking so beautiful the wild and wonderful West Virginia amazing View and to hear the roar of the water coming over the falls there's hiking trails people riding bicycles people...  more »
  • Took visiting family to the falls with boys age 7,11. With COVID not much open or safe. Went during the week only a few other people there, restrooms were open. Boys ran and played on the rocks and...  more »
  • Beautiful surroundings, access from the parking lot it’s easy so is great for all the family. They have restrooms and vending machines. The park is very clean… Probably the best time is during the week so you can avoid the crowd. Nice place for a picnic they have a lot of good spots.
  • Beautiful park. Limited number of hiking trails, but very picturesque. Wonderful history. The falls are very nice. Best times are during the week to avoid the crowd. Excellent for a picnic.

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