PARKERSBURG - Two local fall foliage events are planned in Wood and Washington counties during the month of October, both on the same weekend.
The first event will be the Fall Foliage Carnival at the Mountwood Park Campgrounds off U.S. 50, just east of Mountwood Park itself.
The event will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 and will feature carnival games, prizes, hayrides and food. Other activities will include pumpkin decorating and cornhole games.
The Rinard Covered Bridge, a pedestrian bridge near Ohio 26 in Washington County, is among the stops in the 22nd annual Little Muskingum Watershed Festival and self-guided Fall Foliage and Covered Bridge Tour from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15 and from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 16.
The second event, in Washington County, will be the 22nd annual Little Muskingum Watershed Festival and self-guided Fall Foliage and Covered Bridge Tour will 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 16. The festival is one of the stops on the fall foliage tour, which begins at the Washington County Home on County House Lane in Marietta and continues along Ohio 26.
There are about 12 stops on the tour, including Grimm's Green Acres, Hills United Methodist Church, a former German church in Sitka, Bohlen's Dairy Farm, Moss Run Community Church, a Mail Pouch Tobacco barn, Hune Covered Bridge, Rinard Covered Bridge, Park Central in New Matamoras, Knowlton Covered Bridge and M & D Horses, Canoes and Kayaks in Graysville.
The Little Muskingum Watershed Festival will be held near the Rinard Covered Bridge in Ludlow Township and will include garden tractor and tractor pulls, a hog roast, kid pedal tractor pulls and other events both days.
Fall foliage activities are a big attraction in West Virginia and throughout the region. The West Virginia Department of Commerce has compiled several proposed trails in West Virginia, including one through the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Called "River Reflections Tour," the tour begins in Wheeling and follows the Ohio River to Moundsville and Sistersville in early October, Williamstown and Parkersburg in mid-October and Point Pleasant in late October.
Stops of interest along the way include Victorian Wheeling and Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, the Moundsville Penitentiary, the Wells Inn and Sistersville Ferry, Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the North Bend Rail Trail at Parkersburg and the West Virginia State Farm Museum and Tu-Endi-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant.