Rainy weather didn’t stop hikers from enjoying TLSP First Day Hike


TYGART LAKE—Despite cool, wet weather conditions, Tygart Lake welcomed guests to their annual First Day Hike, allowing them to start the new year out on the right foot.

27 hikers took to the rolling hills and scenic surroundings of the state park on January 1, and set out on the School Bus Loop trail at approximately 10:00 a.m.

“We had a good turnout to this year’s event, despite the lackluster weather conditions,” said Tygart Lake State Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson, who spearheaded the outing. “We had a good age range, and even participants from local the girl scout and cub scout troops.”

The two-mile hike lasted approximately two hours and led participants through gentle inclines and picturesque terrain of the Bus Loop.

According to Jackson, the newest of the lake’s trails, situated adjacent to the park’s campground, was completed solely at the hands of hardworking volunteers.


“We had a group come in from the WV Trail Builders and plot the route,” he explained. “The project was a great effort of a group of wonderful volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort in clearing the area and having it ready for people to enjoy.” 

During the hike, Jackson imparted information about the loop, as well as the state park in general, helping to keep participants engaged.

“Everyone really enjoyed seeing the old bus and hearing about some of the park history,” he shared. “All of the participants earned a First Day Hike badge, to acknowledge their completion of the hike.”

Tygart Lake State Park’s event is part of a nationwide initiative that encourages individuals to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty that surrounds them, while engaging in positive exercise to help get their hearts pumping.

And while the First Day Hike has come and gone, individuals can trek through Tygart Lake State Park throughout the year on one of the park’s various trails.

Despite the park being a great asset to the community, people often tend to forget about it when making their weekend plans, and that is something Jackson hopes these walks help with. 

“A lot of times, we just don’t think about what is right here in our own backyard. I’m hoping that in offering activities like these hikes, that more people will start thinking about our park when making plans to be outdoors, and they will take advantage of just how great the park and lake are,” he expressed. 

Folks interested in hiking the trails at Tygart Lake State Park should stop by the park office for maps and trail guides.

For additional information or any questions regarding the trails at the park, please contact Jackson at 304-265-6148, or send an email to [email protected].

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