A growing and thriving hub of activity

Doddridge County Park was founded in 1972 as a 57-acre park and has since grown to an over 250-acre park. The Park is situated in a natural setting in the heart of North Central West Virginia. The Park Commission and staff work hard to provide a variety of recreational and nature-based activities and opportunities to a broad range of Doddridge County citizens and guests.

Why Choose DCP

Fun for all ages
and abilities

Over the years we’ve added many features that provide people with fun and challenging visits. With picnic areas, playgrounds, pool, hiking trails and sports courts, the Park can entertain from the youngest guest to the oldest. The Parks Game Court now contains corn hole, oversized Connect Four, chess and checkers table, and soon a foosball table.

A home to fairs
and festivals

We host festivals and fairs that offer guests great food, music, amusement rides and entertainment. The Park hosts three festivals each summer. First the Mountain State Scottish & Celtic Gathering in May, the Ephraim Bee Festival in September and each year in late August, the park is transformed into a magical amusement park, as we host the Doddridge County Fair.

Camping memories
for a lifetime

Thanks to a generous donation, the Park was able to open Lone Pine Campground – offering guests RV campsites and yurts to make trips to the park last a little longer. Click on CAMP WITH US to explore the campground and make a reservation. The Park continues to add amenities for a great camping experience.

Scenic and convenient location

Situated just minutes from Rt. 50, the Park boasts activities and amenities to rival much larger state parks. And, we are uniquely
positioned to act as a basecamp for excursions on the North Bend Rail Trail. Whether you are looking for a relaxing campout, a challenging hike or a creekside picnic Doddridge County Park offers what you need to Live Life Outdoors!

A Park with History

Doddridge County Park, located in West Union, West Virginia, is a non-profit county-operated park system with the purpose to provide outdoor use and recreation. The park was established in 1972 when 57 acres of land were purchased from the Starr Family.

The Park is a unique collaboration between the Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission and the Doddridge County 4-H. The 4-H Camp was located in Smithburg but was purchased by the Department of Highways in the late 1960’s. The Camp was located in the way of the development of US Route 50. Since the DCPRC was looking for land to establish a county park and the 4-H was looking to reestablish a camp the two groups joined together to purchase the land and develop a park/4-H camp.

The Park’s Founding
The Park’s Founding

Doddridge County Park founded as a 57-acre park

Land Gift
Land Gift

The Park was gifted over 180 acres from Lone Pine Operating, LLC that helped expand it toward its present size. This gift spurred the Park Commission to begin a master planning process.

Master Planning
Master Planning

The master planning process culminated with a plan to add several amenities to the park. Work began and eventually the following upgrades were completed: an RV Park, tent sites and three yurts for overnight stays that form the foundation for the Lone Pine Campground at Doddridge County Park; over six (6) miles of hiking and biking trails; and a disk golf course.

Major Renovations
Major Renovations

A $1.7 million dollar renovation the pool was begun.

New Splash Pad
New Splash Pad

The new pool opened in May of 2021 with a new Splash Zone and Kiddie Pool area.

Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission

The Doddridge County Parks and Recreation Commission is responsible for the operation of the Doddridge County park system. It was created by the Doddridge County Commission through the authority of the West Virginia Legislature. The voluntary, eleven-member Commission are appointed for three-year terms. The Park Commission hires an Executive Director who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the park system, under the direction of the Park Commission

The system consists of two parks with over 250 acres. There are developed areas, camping and hiking areas, and forested areas. Facilities include the pool, a variety of recreational activities, meeting/reception room(s) rentals, shelters, campground, stage, and youth group overnight accommodations.

The Park’s mission is to provide a variety of recreational and nature-based activities and opportunities to a broad range of Doddridge County citizens and guests.

The Commission meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 7:00PM. The Meeting agendas are publicized in accordance with the West Virginia Open Meeting requirements. The Commission can have standing committees.

Commission Members

  • Roger Leggett
  • DeeDee Nicholson
  • Larry Higgins
  • Ben Rock
  • Destini Davis
  • Craig Bode – President
  • Jeremy Balis
  • Tim Bowen
  • Paula Ash
  • Dan Daquilante

Friends of the DCP Endowment Fund

Doddridge County Parks established an endowment through the Doddridge County Community Foundation, overseen by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, in 2016. This fund gives friends of the park the opportunity to contribute to the long-term health and benefit of the park system. Everyone who loves the Park, and have fond memories of visiting, are encouraged to donate to the fund.

The fund can be used for maintenance and upkeep and special projects that benefit the park. The fund annually distributes proceeds from investments for use by the Park Commission. Since the establishment of the fund, the Commission has chosen not to draw on proceeds and rolled the annual disbursement back toward growing the fund.

Donations can be made by mailing a gift to:
Doddridge County Community Foundation, C/O PACF,
P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102
Designate Friends of Park in Memo on check or write a separate note to ensure your gift is properly credited.

Make an online gift by going to www.pacfwv.com.

Thank you for considering supporting the Doddridge County Parks & Recreation Commission.

Country Christmas Light Show Sponsorship

Each year from late November through early January, visitors from the community and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to drive through the park for a spectacular light show – over 1 mile of lights and decorations! We invite local businesses and organizations to sponsor one of nearly 20 decoration locations like Candy Cane Garden, Snowflake Lane, the Country Christmas Tree and many more.

Each light feature sponsorship includes the opportunity to have signage on-site to promote your business, and to be featured on materials, articles, and merchandise promoting the Light Show.

Download the Sponsorship Form (.pdf), complete it and return to:

Doddridge County Parks – P.O. Box 426, West Union, WV 26456

Email: – greg.cottrill@doddridgecountyparks.org