Horseshoe Picnic Area
PO Box 368
Parsons WV 26287
Constructed in the
1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Horseshoe
is nestled in the mountains of West Virginia along
approximately 7 miles northeast of St. George, West
Virginia, on State Route 7.
From Parsons take
State Route 72 northeast to State Route 5 to St.
George. As you enter St. George, turn south on State
Route 1. Follow State Route 1 to the intersection of
State Route 7. Turn left on State Route 7 and
continue past the YMCA Camp Horseshoe to the
Horseshoe Recreation Area entrance.
Open yearly from
early May through early December.
Each site has:
- picnic tables
- There are
accessible vault toilets and non-accessible
flush toilets available.
- Hand pumps and a
drinking fountain with a faucet is available.
There are several hiking trails in this area -
Maxwell Run, #157, 2.1 miles in length; McKinley Run
#154, 1.0 miles in length; Lost Run, #155, 1.8 miles
in length; Dorman Ridge, #153, 1.4 miles in length;
and Two Camp, #111, .2 miles in length.
There are 13 single sites available at Horseshoe
Campground. A large wooded area for tent camping is
located north and east and serves as an overflow
camping area. The area has picnic tables, fire
rings, water and flush toilets.
Fishing is allowed in Horseshoe Run. A valid West
Virginia State Fishing License is required, along
with a National Forest stamp and a trout stamp.
Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural
Resources for more information on fishing and
hunting licensing requirements.
There is large and small reservable pavilions
available for group and family outings. The
pavilions may be reserved online or by calling
(877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be made at
least 5 days prior to your arrival and can be made
up to 360 days in advance.
There is a large open field for horseshoe games and
field sports. There is river access for swimming but
there is no lifeguard on duty.
There are no fees
for use of the picnic area. There is a fee for
reserving the pavilions.
- No. Picnic sites are on a first come, first served
- Dogs are
permitted if on a leash at all times.
- Picnic area
limited to day-use only.
- This area is
operated under permit by Ohio-WV YMCA
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