Your Guide to Memorial Day in Southern West Virginia

The three-day Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and no place rocks the start of the season like southern West Virginia. If you’re still unsure about how you are going to spend your Memorial Weekend, look no further.

Picnic It Up

Spending the day outside with family and friends is a Memorial Day tradition. Here are a few spots that are great for spending the day picnicking.

Grandview – There are plenty of tables or spots to set up your picnic. Overlooks, hiking trails, and places for kids to play make it good for groups of all ages.

Babcock State Park – With a trout stream and a lake in this state park, fishing is just one of the activities that you can make part of your picnic day.

Dunglen – The day use area at the Park Service property in Thurmond has a shelter and volleyball court. You can hike or bike the Southside Junction Trail from here or go across the river and check out the town of Thurmond and the train depot.

Pipestem State Park – A tram down to the Bluestone River, horseback riding, and all the other great outdoor activities make this a super spot to spend the day (or the entire weekend).

Events and Adventures

In addition to traditional southern West Virginia adventures (whitewater rafting, biking, hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing) there are some fairly new attractions to check out. Visit Bridge Walk, Timbertrek, and Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Parkwhile you’re here for something a little different.

Photo courtesy WVNS

Carnival Fun at the Mountain Festival

And there are also a few special events taking place during Memorial Day Weekend.

Parrot Palooza/Beckley Live United Street Festival – 3 days of fun, May 25-27, including a street festival with lots of live music, a cornhole tournament, a poker run and a hot dog eating contest.

Memorial Day Package at Glade Springs – Stay 2 nights between 24th and 28th and receive a 3rd night free. Activities include a 70’s themed pool party with dinner and live entertainment, Manicure and Martini night at Spa Orange, a cornhole tournament and special activities at Bunkers.

Mountain Festival – Held every Memorial Day in Bluefield, this multi-day event for the whole family features a carnival, games, food, crafts, animals music and more. It runs from the 22nd through the 28th at the City Park in Bluefield.

Dandelion Festival – May 24 – 28. Explore the culture and heritage of White Sulphur Springs with this festival featuring dandelion wine tastings, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits and live entertainment.

What are you doing this weekend in southern West Virginia?

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