Pleasants County, West Virginia | Make It Your Future

Recreational pursuits in Pleasants County often begin with an appreciation of the area’s natural beauty. Simple pleasures, like serving up a picnic at one of the parks or camping by the beautiful Ohio River are favorite pastimes. Boating, skiing, and fishing are an integral part of life along the River. The St. Marys Marina and a couple of other locations offer convenient accommodations for boat launches.

Naturalists enjoy exploring the woods or bird watching on the only island on the Ohio River that is accessible by bridge, the Middle Island Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Park Service offers tours and educational programs regarding conservation and identification of Middle Island wildlife. Tugboats nudge endless cargo-laden barges in their placid journey across America and through the marvel of the Willow Island Locks and Dam. The Ohio River is one of the largest inland waterway transportation systems in the world.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities. The annual Bass Festival attracts thousands each year. The locks are a favorite fishing spot, but in addition to the Ohio River, Middle Island Creek, the longest in the state, also offers excellent possibilities, as do the backwaters at the mouth of French Creek in Belmont.

The Pleasants County Parks are open year-round and offer families a clean and safe place to play and stay fit. The parks in St. Marys and Belmont entail about 75 acres. The facilities include many large picnic shelters in beautiful wooded areas, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, horseshoe pits, lighted ballfields and tennis courts, and hiking trails. The Jim Spence Community Center in St. Marys includes a gymnasium, conference and meeting rooms, and the Teen Center for the Boys and Girls Club. The parks are filled with the sounds of play from groups of families and friends in all seasons. Organized activities include swimming instruction, aerobics, dance classes, youth soccer, youth baseball and softball, youth basketball, summer basketball camps, youth wrestling, and adult softball leagues.

For those who enjoy viewing nature from a well-manicured green, the St. Marys Golf Course offers nine holes of interesting play. The course is open daily to the public through both membership and greens fees. Carts may be rented. Members and guests can also avail themselves of the pro shop and snack bar in the clubhouse.

For those who enjoy more strenuous physical activity, Curves of St. Marys and the St. Marys Family Fitness Center offer excellent, modern accommodations for a challenging workout.

Sharing events and experiences with friends and family is what Pleasants County residents enjoy most of all.