Knights Inn Parkersburg
3604 & 1/2 Seventh Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 26101, United States
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The arboretum's outdoor classroom in use
The end of the floodwall
The Pepper Mill Bistro on a cold night
The warm and bright back dining room
Travel Tips for Parkersburg
A park with a view
Get in your exercise for the day by walking to the little park at the top of Quincy Hill. The steps to the top of the hill will give you an excellent cardio workout...and the view will steal what is left of your breath! There is a sweeping view of the river and the downtown historic district. The site of the park has several claims to historic interest. It is both the site of a civil war tent-city hospital as well as having once been the site of the Parkersburg's ill-fated reserve water tanks which were responsible for one of the worse disasters to befall the town.
On March 19, 1909 both city water tanks burst, sending two million gallons of water in a high speed gush down the steep hill. Three people died, a number were badly injured, and several homes and a church were destroyed. The park exists to mark the site of the water tanks which caused the disaster.
The location of the park was also the site of one of the five war hospitals which were located in Parkersburg during the Civil War. The tent encampment hospital on top of Quincy Hill held from 500-100 wounded and ill soldiers who could not be accomodated in one of the other hospitals in town.
The steps up to the park are located on Avery Street across from the intersection with 10th Street. A wooden gazebo (nice place to rest before starting up) is located near the bottom of the stairs. I haven't counted the stairs, but if you do, leave a comment and tell us how many there are! If you lack the time or energy to climb the steps to the top, it is possible to drive to the park. Heading north on Avery Street, turn left at 13th St. go one block and turn right on Quincy Street. The park is at the top of the hill.
The walk is free, good for the heart, and good for the soul. What more could you ask for? By the way, if you have small children, there is a playground across the street from the Quincy Hill overlook, as well as a public bathroom.
Don't forget your camera! One of the photos accompanying this article was taken by my stepson, JJ Dasher, of the Quincy Hill steps after a snowfall several years ago. He was generous enough to give me a copy of the photo to attach to this article.
Go off the chain in Edison Arboretum
Looking for a pleasant place to go for a walk and leave the city behind? A visit to the 12 acre Edison arboretum can make you feel as if you have escaped into the country. Furthermore, the arboretum is fenced (with chain link fencing) and you can, with care, let your dog off the leash once on the trail.
Edison arboretum has been restored (thanks to Wood County Master Gardeners and a host of other local contributors and community organizations) and reopened to the public. This arboretum, located next to the Edison Middle School (formerly known as Edison Junior High School) is the property of the Wood County Board of Education but is open to the public year round. There are four maintained foot trails...and a total of one and one-third miles of trails in all. There are trail map signs at the entrance of the arboretum, showing the different trail routes. There are also brochures available near the entrance, which include a trail map as well as information about the plants and trees to be found in the arboretum. Specimens of the various trees to be found within the arboretum are marked with appropriate signs.
There are benches placed here and there throughout the arboretum, as well as an outdoor classroom intended for the use of the local schools. Wood County Master Gardeners maintain the arboretum and offer programs from time to time. The annual spring wildflower walk usually draws a good crowd, even though the date changes from year to year, depending on the weather and bloom time for the wildflowers. Check the local paper or Craigslist for announcements on the dates for arboretum events.
It is usually quiet inside the arboretum, especially when school is not in session. However, the school's cross country team uses the arboretum trails for running practice. During school hours you may also encounter a class using the outdoor classroom...or teachers may have their class out on the trails for other reasons. If you do walk your dog here, and want to let him or her off the leash, I would recommend using some caution about when you do this. The arboretum is surrounded by chain link fence, so if you are careful about when you do it, you are probably safe in letting your dog loose for a walk as long as your pet is reasonably well behaved. But you should also be aware that trees come down from time to time (like after the recent ice storm) and sometimes take out sections of the fence when they fall. So use your judgment and be careful about when you let your pet off the leash.
If you are not familiar with the location of Edison Middle School, the address is 1201 Hillcrest Street, Parkersburg, WV but the physical location of the school is actually on 12th Avenue. Directions to the arboretum: From Camden Avenue, turn west onto Rayon Drive. Turn left onto 12th Avenue and follow the street to the end where it loops around the entrance of the school and becomes 14th Avenue. Park in the small parking lot across from the entrance of Edison school. The arboretum entrance is across from the entrance of the school bordering on the small parking lot. Brochures and trail maps are available near the arboretum entrance. The arboretum is open during daylight hours.
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Address: 3604 & 1/2 Seventh Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 26101, United States