Places To Stay
If you are seeking a mountain retreat into rural North Central West Virginia, you can’t beat Barbour County’s Tygart River Guest House near Arden. This historic home has been fully renovated and can comfortably accommodate ten guests. Spacious bedrooms provide an unforgettable view of the rural surroundings. The home is fully furnished, including laundry and kitchen facilities, for your convenience. The covered porch provides for relaxing evenings where you can enjoy the last light of day. The picturesque Philippi covered bridge, crossing the Tygart River is within view of the porch making for some good old-fashioned country scenery.
Recreational opportunities in the area abound! Whether you enjoy hiking the woodlands, biking the back country, horseback riding or free-climbing boulders, you are sure to enjoy the West Virginia fresh air. You will likely spot a dear or two, or ten… as well as enjoy the sweet songs of woodland birds. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the whitewater kayaking opportunities along the Tygart River, including the nearby Wells Falls. Calm waters allow you to enjoy an afternoon of swimming and, of course, sunning on the flat rocks and boulders in and near the river. Fishing the Tygart River is one of those experiences every angler will remember forever.
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Located along the Middle Fork River and across from Audra State Park, the Middle Fork Campground is open from April 15th through October 15th and is a favorite destination of many Barbour County visitors. The campsites range from trailer-ready spots with water and electrical hook ups to tent sites with fire pits for convenient cooking and gatherings (ideal for singing and story-telling) in the evenings. Picnic tables at each tent site offer convenience while dining in the open air and enjoying the pleasant weather.
The bathhouse includes both toilets and showers to make personal care more comfortable. A swimming pool and hot tub are on-site for the enjoyment of the guests. Coin-operated laundry machines are ideal for long-term campers.
The nearby Audra State Park offers a camp store, so guests who are staying in Middle Fork Campground can easily stock up on snacks, bagged ice, firewood, and other essentials. There's also a playground where kids can be entertained.
The Middle Fork River is a perpetual favorite with both kayaking and fishing enthusiasts. A pavilion-style picnic shelter is available to rent. It can accommodate up to 50 people and has running water, electricity, and a large grill.
The Twin Lakes Campground is located in the historic town of Belington, a quiet little town on the Tygart Valley River corridor. Belington’s rich history includes the nearby locations of the Battles of Phillipi and Laurel Hill during the Civil War. The Twin Lakes Campground features 40 sites for tent or trailer hook-up, rest facilities, a convenience store, a swimming pool, and a grassy playground set against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Laurel Mountain.
Twin Lakes Campground is a great place to bring the family for a weekend of fun or a mini-vacation. Its in-town location allows you not only to have a family camping experience, but also to explore the historic local community. Your itinerary can include visiting a local museum, participating in local celebratory events, taking in local entertainment, and enjoying a relaxing dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants. Stocked fishing ponds are available for a lazy afternoon of quiet contentment and spending time with the family.
Twin Lakes Campground is a seasonal venue and is open spring through fall during the months of April to October. You can make your reservations by calling (304) 823-2021. The campground is located on the Audra Road, and its staff will be happy to provide you with driving directions.
“Oh, come, angel band,
Come and around me stand;
Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings
To my eternal home…”
-Oh, Come, Angel Band-
(John Haskell, 1860)
The Angel Band Farm Bed and Breakfast was so named by the family matriarch, Edna Stemple Weaver (who died in 2001), in homage to her favorite gospel hymn. The B&B offers respite for your weekend retreat. Operated by Steve and Stephanie Weaver, the 22-acre Angel Band Farm was once owned by the Gall family, longtime residents of Arden, and proprietors of the village post office and general store. The farm was established circa 1850 along the beautiful Tygart River near a waterfall pool and ferns, and it produced corn and garden crops as well as hay for many years. The Weaver family purchased the farm in 1919 and are the proprietors today. The farmhouse has undergone an extensive 5-year restoration project that stripped the house to its original skeleton and restored it to its former glory, as constructed by the Galls.
At Angel Band, pets are always welcome. The venue offers restful nights in each of their four bedrooms, and quiet afternoons strolling the grounds, exploring the Tygart River, visiting the waterfall, and relaxing on the deep and wide porch overlooking your surroundings. You’ll enjoy filling meals and the quiet retreat of a warm soak in a claw-foot tub.
For more information visit their website: www.angelbandfarm.com