Nestled in the mountains of North Central West Virginia, Taylor County you will find a unique history, culture, communities, recreation, and adventure.

Just south of downtown Grafton, WV is the large and often unknown quiet Tygart Lake.  Enjoy a day at the lake by renting a kayak, boat, attending a cruise, taking advantage of the Tygart Lake State Park hiking trails, cabins, campground, beach area, and lodge. Relax in the evening by hitting some t’s at the golf course, attending a lake cruise, or Tygart River float. Tygart Lake is a great place for family fun and conveniently located just 30 miles from Morgantown, WV, 22 miles from Fairmont, WV, and 20 miles from Bridgeport, WV.

Downtown Grafton is still an active coal town full of historic buildings, art galleries, shops, and a café’. View and hear the active train yard that runs along downtown as you take a walking history tour. Grafton, West Virginia is also home of The Grafton Monster who is said to roam the outskirts and dense woodlands in the outskirts of Taylor County.

If your looking for a unique vacation destination away from the hustle and bustle of most tourist areas in the Eastern, USA, Tygart Lake in Grafton, WV is a great off the beaten path choice . Whatever you definition of fun, Taylor County offers something for everyone!

Need help planning out your trip?

3-Day Weekend Getaway Itinerary 

Taylor County, WV Tourist Map

Bus Tours and Travel Groups

Looking for things to do in the Fall/Winter?

(Tygart Lake is drained in the Fall/Winter to provide flood control for communities downstream of the Tygart Dam. )

🗺️Explore what is left of the old communities that are normally submerged under the lake.

🍂 Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage [map]

🗺️ Hike one of the many Trails at Tygart Lake [map]

🔎 Search for the Grafton Monster silhouettes placed throughout the county.



Tygart Lake Map Tygart Lake Map 2


Things To Do: 🌳

🗺️ Hike A Trail [map]
🏖 visit Tygart Adventures Waterpark & Beach Area
🌭 Grab a bite at the Marina
🐠 Go Fishing
🛍️ visit the gift shop at The Lodge
🛥 Rent a Pontoon or Fishing Boat
🐻 visit the Nature Center
Play a round of golf at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course
🍽️ Enjoy a lakeside dinner at The Lodge
🏞️Float the Tygart River with The Adventure Club

🚣Grab a Kayak rental from Lakeside by Hardcore Hunters

* Tygart Lake Marina 304-265-3974
Tygart Lake State Park 304-265-6144
Tygart Lake Public Golf Course  304-265-3100
The Adventure Club 304-709-01644
Hardcore Hunters 304-265-9278

Tygart Lake Cruises EVENTS

Tygart Lake State Park EVENTS

Tygart Lake State Park Foundation

Tygart Lake State Park Foundation EVENTS 

CLICK HERE to see what EVENTS are going on in Mountaineer Country.

"The Tygart Lake State Park Foundation was chartered in 1999. Their purpose is to aid, strengthen, enhance and support the services of Tygart Lake State Park. The TLSP Foundation meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month @6pm at The Lodge. Meetings are open for all interested.
The TLSPF annual events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Shoreline and Trail Clean Up, Fishing Derby, Summer Music in Park Series, Back to School Beach Luau, Appalachian Fall Fest, Craft Show, Applebutter Making, Hayride, Haunted Trail, Breakfast with Santa, and Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides in the Park. See EVENTS calendar below. "