"Watch the River roll by...." Parkersburg Off The Beaten Path Tip by kevanrijn

Parkersburg Off The Beaten Path: 6 reviews and 19 photos

  A fine and quiet place --day break on the river
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  • A fine and quiet place --day break on the river - Parkersburg
      A fine and quiet place --day break on the river
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  • A barge makes its way upriver in the early dawn - Parkersburg
      A barge makes its way upriver in the early dawn
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  • Swings in the snow at dawn - Parkersburg
      Swings in the snow at dawn
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  • A view across the park at dawn - Parkersburg
      A view across the park at dawn
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Heaven help me, I've discovered yet another park with lovely views. This one is very obscure--I've never heard about it but just discovered it by accident this week. It was a wonderful place to watch dawn breaking over the city and the river. The park is equipped with a few swings, benches, a covered picnic pavilion and a small dock. Ducks hang out around the dock, looking for handouts.

If you are looking for real peace and quiet, and gorgeous serene views, this might be a really good bet. It would be a great place to take a date on a romantic picnic. Perhaps, in other seasons and at other times, the park is not so deserted and quiet...but on a cold and snowy January morning near dawn, you could not ask for a better place for private contemplation.

To find this hidden gem of a park, you must find your way to Kokomo's first. Kokomos is a bar and restaurant located at the confluence of the Little Kanawha River and the Ohio River across from downtown Parkersburg. Getting there is complicated.... From downtown Parkersburg, take East Street (one way so you can't go the wrong direction) across the East Bridge to Camden Avenue. Turn right on Camden Avenue. Turn right on Johnson Street. Turn right on 4th Avenue. Follow 4th Avenue around the curve and take the right hand fork down the hill onto Milton Street. Stay on Milton Street, which turns into 1st Avenue. 1st Avenue dead ends at Kokomos. The park is right next to Kokomos rear parking lot.

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  • Updated Jan 31, 2007
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