Located at the extreme tip of West Virginia's northern panhandle, Tomlinson Run provides a wide range of recreational opportunites to a large number of local and out-of-state visitors. The park's 1,398 acres extend along the stream from which it gets its name, both of which are named for a family of early settlers, to within a mile of the stream's confluence with the Ohio River. Roughly divided into two sections, the park offers a wilderness area of heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale, and a profusion of wildflowers and fauna. Featured within the developed areas of the park are picnicking, boating, miniature golf, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming, a campground and a group camp. In addition, program events are scheduled from April through October.
I wish I could rank this higher but Tomlinson has some work to do. Stay on Laurel and Whiteoak. Avoid the trails marked on the map that follow the creek. They don't exist. The payoff here is the beauty at the end of the trail. The hike there is kinda blah. Moderately difficult, especially the lower loop of Laurel. STAY ON THE TRAILS. Rueger the beagle and I came back infested with TICKS!! **WEAR PROTECTION**
The Maple, Laurel, White Oak Trail is a great combination out-and-back hike starting at the Maple Trail Trailhead near the restrooms off rt. 12. The highlight would be the White Oak section that parallels the picturesque Tomlinson Run. There are several other trails throughout the park.
Jesse M. on Tomlinson Run State Park Area Trail...
Great trails and a great park