Tygart Lake State Park hosts First Day Hike


GRAFTON—Tygart Lake Naturalist, Jacob Jackson, led his third First Day Hike at Tygart Lake State Park on January 1, 2020.  To everyone’s surprise, the attendance shot up to 201 people for this year’s hike.

The hike started at the Tygart Lake State Park Lodge at 1pm and went for approximately 2.5 miles on the Dogwood Trail. 

Folks from Morgantown, Elkins and other areas all over West Virginia showed up to enjoy the beautiful hike at Tygart Lake State Park and earn their First Day Hike badge. 

“We are going to go ahead and get started, we are going to walk the trail.  We won’t have that many opportunities to get everyone together.  We will get to stop up at Big Foot Camp, one of my favorite spots on the trail,” Naturalist Jacob Jackson said as he started off the day’s hike.

The 201 hiking crew, consisting of young and elderly, families and friends, headed up the steep incline of the Dogwood trail and back down to the Tygart Lake State Park Lodge. 

Jackson did a wonderful job of checking on the massive group and keeping spirits high.  The hike was a wonderful success and residents that didn’t get to attend this year should definitely plan to attend next year. 

West Virginia was one of the 50 state park systems participating in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. State parks participating in First Day Hikes included Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Chief Logan, Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake, Watoga and Kanawha State Forest.

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

Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in scenic north central West Virginia, Tygart Lake provides guests with some of the most breathtaking views across the state.

The park is a cozy, quiet destination for couples and families. It’s also a perfect destination for group conferences and retreats.

Located just four miles south of Grafton, Tygart Lake State Park is known for its 10-mile long, 1,750-acre lake, which offers watersports like boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

All of this available right here in beautiful Taylor county.   

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