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Upshur a site of nature, fishing and recreation

December 31, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Nestled in central West Virginia is the inviting area of Upshur County, a place where rivers and streams wind through the wide valleys that separate rolling hills.

Upshur County is an attractive location for visitors, offering the opportunity for many activities.

The winter months won't freeze those opportunities. Winter in Upshur County invites outdoor opportunities, such as fishing.

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Visitors can reel in trout at the Buckhannon River in the southern end of Upshur County. Downstream in Buckhannon, the river offers some of the best opportunities for fishing.

Trout can also be found in the Middle Fork River.

Stonecoal Lake runs between Upshur County and Lewis County. The 550-acre lake offers continued opportunities for fishing, and also offers opportunities for boating. Large and smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish and varieties of trout all can be found swimming in the lake's waters. Visitors can stay at the Stonecoal campgrounds and make fishing a weekend vacation.

The whole family can benefit from a trip to the West Virginia State Wildlife Center on West Virginia Route 20 at French Creek about 12 miles south of Buckhannon. The paved walkways that navigate through about 20 different native wild species' habitats slope gently through the wooded area, allowing handicapped accessibility.

On the Old Oak Trail at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center, an unpaved three-mile trail not suitable for handicapped traffic awaits those who are willing to travel off the beaten path. It features a waterfall, stream and a lake that is stocked with bluegill, bass, trout and catfish.

Winter admission is free and hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tentatively. Because of necessary repairs after Superstorm Sandy, it is recommended that guests call ahead. While workers are busy repairing habitats, the paved trail will be closed.

The county has many other attractions as well. Camping sites and other recreational facilities await the visitors of James W. Curry Park at Brooks Hill. Visitors can picnic under the pavilion at Pringle Tree Park off of West Virginia Route 20, just north of Buckhannon. The park offers grills, access to public rivers and playground equipment. The historic Pringle Tree marks the site of the first settlement west of the Alleghenies when West Virginia was still part of Virginia.

Further expanding on Upshur County's historic claims, The historical Fidler's Mill is located on Route 20 in Arlington, just south of Rock Cave. The historic site, built in 1821 by Daniel Peck, offers picnic tables and guided tours in warm months.

More information about shops and attractions in Upshur County can be obtained by calling the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-473-1400.



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