Experience Almost Heaven in 48 Hours in Parkersburg
The Mid-Ohio Valley is famous for its history, local eats and hidden quaint towns. A prominent example of that combination is the town of Parkersburg in Wood County, which is home to more than 82,000 acres of public lands and parks. The perfect 48-hour getaway begins here in Almost Heaven.
Hike Through History
Did you know that there’s an island in West Virginia? There are multiple, but Blennerhassett Island is a hidden gem in the Ohio River. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park features a Palladian mansion, a history museum and horse and carriage rides around the island. An unexpected bonus is the journey there and back: a 20-minute ride on a 19th-century-style sternwheeler. For history lovers and avid hikers alike, Fort Boreman Historical Park is located just two miles from downtown Parkersburg. This park has a reconstructed Union Civil War fortification, informative signage, a scenic nature trail, trenches and a great view of the city.
West Virginia played a major role in the petroleum industry starting in the 18th century. The Oil & Gas Museum is nationally recognized and outlines how the accumulation of wealth from the from oil shaped the Mountain State. No matter where you make a turn, you will learn something new about Almost Heaven.
Explore the Outdoors
Parkersburg provides many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the scenery. For an easy hike to history and a beautiful view of Parkersburg, the trail in Fort Boreman Historical Park will allow for a new outlook of the city. For an opportunity to see over 80 species of birds and 55 plant species, stroll through Johnson T. Janes City Park at the end of 27th St and Worthington Creek. Want to kick things up a notch in the speed category? Mountwood Park is known for having one of the best trail systems in West Virginia – making it the perfect place to unleash your mountain bike.
Parkersburg is a humble town with a huge appetite, and you won’t want to miss out on some of the best dining options in Almost Heaven. At the crack of dawn, get your protein fix at the Omelet Shoppe and choose from their wide selection of gourmet omelets. If you’re in the mood for lunch with a Middle Eastern approach, feast on some of the most delicious, authentic pita wraps and hummus in Almost Heaven at Chams Lebanese Cuisine. For dinner, Select from a variety of mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, steaks and over 20 beers on tap at J.P. Henry’s Restaurant. For more American food with an Appalachian twist, North End Tavern & Brewery is another great option famous for its locally-brewed craft beer and legendary “NET” Burger.
Finding a nearby place to rest your head after an adventure-filled day in Parkersburg is effortless. One of the most charming hotels is the historic Blennerhassett Hotel. Stay in one of the 86 luxurious rooms with unmatched hospitality and Victorian-style elegance. For a more outdoorsy feel, North Bend State Park offers an array of cabins and lodge accommodations to add to your Almost Heaven experience. If you’re an early riser, you’ll be amazed by the stunning sunrises here in Almost Heaven.
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This post was last updated on June 22, 2023