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This historical park commemorates late 18th-century life on the Virginia frontier. This day-use park is open mid-April through the end of October. After Labor Day, several attractions are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visitors may enter the park free of charge, but some attractions, such as the fort, charge admission. Pricketts Fort State Park Foundation manages programming aspects, tours, heritage workshops, and facility experiences. After Labor Day, the fort and visitor center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The last Sunday in October is the end of season for the fort, with the exception of any special events planned. The visitor center is open Monday — Friday and audio tours of the fort are available after the last Sunday in October until mid-April opening which is posted on the events calendar. The fort and visitors center are not open from Christmas to New Years.
Bicycles can also be rented at the Visitor Center upon your arrival. The park serves as the southern end of the The trail follows the Monongahela river in a converted railroad bed north to Morgantown. Fore more information about the rail-trail, visit montrails.
The park also offers picnic areas, nature trails, fishing and a boat launch on the Monongahela River. Try these state parks:.
Audra State Park. Tygart Lake State Park. Grab your bait and tackle! The park offers guided tours, specialized talks, gallery exhibits and craft demonstrations. Interpreters in period-accurate costumes recreate late 18th century life with demonstrations of colonial crafts such as basketry, blacksmithing, and pottery.
Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state. When the threat of Native American uprisings occurred, up to 80 families from the surrounding countryside would hurry to the fort. They would stay as long as the threat existed, for days or even weeks.
Such sacrifices were necessary for survival on the dangerous frontier of the late s. Just south of the fort stands the Job Prickett House, built in by the great grandson of Capt. Jacob Prickett, for whom the fort was named. The difference between the 18th century historical reconstruction and the original 19th century house illustrates the development of an increasingly civilized lifestyle and the availability of mass-produced furnishings through an 85 year span of time.
The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains antiques originally used by the Prickett family. Picnic tables are available and various concerts and performing arts are presented in a seat amphitheater during the summer. Tygart Lake State Park visitors enjoy hiking and golfing, and fishing and boating on the mile long, 1,acre Tygart Lake. The park also offers lodging, cabin rentals, camping for all to enjoy. Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton.
This 1,acre day-use park hosts a variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, picnicking, kayaking, and 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The heritage of early West Virginia is preserved in the pioneer homestead restoration at this park. The Smith family home has been restored as a museum, and an additional museum houses many early farm artifacts. Guided tours are offered from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Days and hours of operation are Monday to Saturday from a Introduction to Spinning for adults continues the multiple historic workshops offered at Prickett's Fort State Park in This course is a personal Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment by the New Diesel Trio.
It's free, and it's outdoors from p. Bring the kids to the fort to experience a full day of fun and educational Additional Information. Nearby Attractions. FairmontWest Virginia. This park does not offer overnight accommodations within the park. Activities Select an activity below to learn more. Fishing Grab your bait and tackle! Attraction is located outside of the park. MC Trail A converted rails-to-trail for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Distance: 3 miles Difficulty: Easy.
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Exciting things are happening! From 11/01/ to 8/18/ the lodge at Hawks Nest State Park will be closed for renovations. We can’t wait to welcome you back to our new and improved lodge later this year!