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Things To Do

Barbour County offers abundant recreational activities.
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Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is available near the community of Audra.

You will find a golf driving range situated a few miles north of Belington on U.S. 250. as well as a nine-hole golf course off Route 119 with modest fees and golf cart rentals. The course is open to the public and has food service, changing rooms and club rentals.

Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking are available in Barbour and surrounding counties, on the Tygart Valley River at Arden and at Tygart Valley Falls. Information may be obtained by calling 1-800-USA-RAFT. Guides, rafts, equipment, and even lunch can be provided.

Hunting and Fishing
Hunting and Fishing are popular in the county, in the public areas of the State Parks, in the rivers, and on private land where access is obtainable. Licenses are available in stores throughout the county. Tackle, ammunition, and other equipment is generally available from merchants in Belington and Philippi.

A Boat ramp is located below the Covered Bridge on the Tygart Valley River in Philippi.

The county's only bowling alley is across from the consolidated High School about six miles south of Philippi on U.S. 250.

City Parks
There are City Parks in Junior, Belington, and Philippi, all with picnicking facilities. Philippi also has a Public Swimming Pool open in the summer.

Many visitors explore some of the county's 80 or more Cemeteries in search of family history.

Audra State Park – camping, swimming and hiking  (http://www.audrastatepark.com/)
Before the turn of the century, West Virginians were drawn to the natural beauty of the Middle Fork River and its surroundings. This area is now Audra State Park, a heavily wooded riverside campground that continues to awe visitors.
People who love the outdoors will not be disappointed. The gorgeous woodlands surrounding Middle Fork River provide the perfect setting for both hiking and picnicking. Alum Cave boasts unique scenery. The most breathtaking view can be seen while walking the boardwalk built along the cave's overhanging ledge. Swimming is allowed in the Middle Fork River. Although it is not an Olympic-sized pool, it is majestic nonetheless since Mother Nature carved it out of the earth.
Whitewater enthusiasts enjoy boating the Middle Fork River. This activity is permitted at your own risk. To check the water flow in real time, visit the USGS water resources page. Choose the Monongahela river basin and then check water flows for the Middle Fork at Audra, WV.
History buffs can entertain themselves with the history of the park. The spillway of a gristmill used in the early 1900s can still be seen today.
Picnic Shelter
A covered picnic shelter with water, electric and a large grill and can accommodate up to 50 people is available for daily rental. The shelter is accessible and has a large parking area. Call for rental rates for weekends and holidays. Mid-week rates are reduced. Reservations are taken month-to-year in advance. Advance reservations required.
(Take a look on the Internet for information about the following venues).
Pleasant Creek Hunting and Fishing Area –  shooting range, camping, boat slips

Tygart Lake State Park – boating, skiing, scuba diving and swimming

Teter Creek Lake – Public fishing area

124 North Main St. Philippi, WV 26416

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