With hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, picknicking, camping, festivals, and community activities, there’s something for everyone at Mountwood Park in Wood County, West Virginia. All are welcome to enjoy this 2,600 acre wooded park with a fifty-acre lake and over fifty miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails.
12 miles East of Parkersburg on US Rt. 50
Contact: Jeremy Cross
1014 Volcano Rd
Hike/bike trails are free.
Online maps of the equestrian trails are available at http://wchrc.com/
Campground Reservations: 304-588-1407 OR 304-679-3694
Beach House Reservations: 304-588-1403
For all other reservations, please call the Administration Building phone number. The park contains over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, campgrounds, a 50 acre lake, and wooded picnic areas. The park opened in the early 1970’s and has served the surrounding communities and counties with outdoor recreational activities and events for over thirty years.
The land that Mountwood Park is located on has a rich and significant history to West Virginians and to the oil and gas industry. In the late 1800’s, the third oil field in the United States was discovered in Volcano, West Virginia, an oil boomtown that once stood where Mountwood Park stands today. When the news spread that there was fortune to be found in Volcano, people fled to the area to buy land. Soon after the discovery of oil, plumes of smoke rose from the trees and the hills were spotted with wooden oil rigs. The population of Volcano grew to approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people and saloons, bowling alleys, and opera houses became popular attractions. Not only was Volcano a central point of interest for entertainment but it was a also the birthplace of a new oil pump system called the endless cable system-a system with one central engine house controlling a series of wheels, belts, and cables going up and down hills to pump oil. Volcano, West Virginia came to an abrupt end in 1879 when a fire burnt the town to the ground. Mountwood Park proudly celebrates the history of Volcano at the annual festival in the last week of September called Volcano Days.
Interactive map available online by clicking here.