Welcome To Parsons, West Virginia

Tucked away between the mountains with flowing rivers at its side, Parsons is a charming town where natural beauty meets history.

The town of Parsons, named for the prominent landowner, Ward Parsons, who built the town in the late 1880s, boomed after the railroad’s arrival in 1888. He, along with others, successfully relocated the count seat from St. George to its current location. Today, Parsons thrives as a top outdoor recreation spot.

Parsons is home to the acclaimed bluegrass music festival, Pickin’ in Parsons. Save the date for this year’s festival on July 30 through August 3, 2024. Over five days, enjoy over 20 bluegrass bands on the banks of the Shavers Fork River — it’s the perfect way to end your summer! Watch the video below to learn more about this annual festival.

Conquer the rapids on the Cheat River, one of the East’s longest free-flowing waterways. Blackwater Outdoor Adventures offers unforgettable whitewater rafting trips, as well as stand-up paddleboarding, tubing and canoeing excursions for a more relaxed activity. 

Explore the waters of the Upper Cheat River Water Trail at your own pace by canoe or kayak. Parsons has two access points (Parkwood Lane and U.S. Route 219 Bridge) for this scenic 40-mile trail, making it the ideal launch point for your paddling adventure.

For those who prefer to stay dry, take a leisurely bike ride or walk along the Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail. This scenic 26-mile path winds through Mill Race Park, a great spot for families featuring the iconic Splash Park Zone – a guaranteed way to cool down on a hot summer day. And for skateboarding enthusiasts, Good Vibes Skate Haven provides a fun and challenging course to hone your skills. 

History buffs can step back in time at Corrick’s Ford Battlefield Park, a place of significance in the Civil War. Learn about the town’s founders at the Parsons Historic District. Or delve deeper into the past by visiting the Corrick’s House, a surviving landmark from the Civil War era.

After a day of adventure, unwind and savor the local flavors. Sample award-winning wines at Cork’s Turkey Knob Winery, open on the weekends, where there’s something for every taste.