Explore Mineral County, WV Parks &
County Parks and Recreation
150 Armstrong Street
Keyser, WV 26726
Mineral County is
a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is part of the
Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the
population was 27,078. Its county seat is Keyser.
Owned by the Mineral County Commission and
operated by Parks and Recreation, the park size is 365 acres. Includes
two pavilions with 10 tables, an amphitheatre with seating capacity of
600. One Little League field and one softball field. Fishing Areas;
2-flood control dams stocked by WVDNR (5 acres and 2.5 acres). All 365
acres are open to public hunting by permit. Approximately five miles
of trails. An arboretum is under construction at Larenim to include a
Shale Barrens Conservancy. Larenim Park is also home to the local
theatre group, McNeill's Rangers.
Barnum Whitewater Area
The Barnum Whitewater Area (BWA) is growing to be a
popular recreational spot along the North Branch of the Potomac River
in Mineral County. This area has approximately one mile of river
frontage along the old CSX railway making it one of the best trout
streams in West Virginia and also provides seven miles of whitewater
rafting for the entire family to enjoy. You can continue to lean back
and take pleasure in your stay by securing one of the five cabins
available through the Parks Office.
Leased by the Mineral County Commission from the
USACOE and operated by Parks and Recreation, with the size of
approximately 40 acres. Includes four miles of rail/trail. Access
point to fish on the North Branch of the Potomac River below Jennings
Randolph Lake. Access for whitewater activities; whitewater
rafting/canoeing. Public hunting permitted on the 1200 surrounding
acres state lands.
Owned by Mineral County Board of Education and
leased to Mineral County Camp Association (A non-profit organization
that is responsible for the care of the park.), Minco Park's size is
13.5 acres. Its' facilities include two pavilions with 50 picnic
tables, nine cabins, a dining hall with a capacity of 300, one
softball field, a chapel, meeting room, and bath/shower facilities.
Van Myra Campground
Owned by the State of West Virginia and leased
by Mineral County, the campground area is ten acres. Three picnic
tables, four mini-pavilions, and picnic area only comprise this
facility. The Ruitens are responsible for the care of this facility.
Dam Site #21
Owned by Mineral County Commission, 178 acres, with
no facilities. Fishing: 10 acres flood control dam.
See Jennings Randolph Lake