An October 2001 trip
to Moundsville by Amy Travels
Quote: Moundsville is located on the Ohio River, approximately 15 minutes from Wheeling, West Virginia and approximately one hour and 15 minutes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The town is located in Marshall County and is named after the Grave Creek Mound (see activity journal entry.)
The service at Mitchell’s was good and pleasant. We received plenty of free drink refills. Mitchell’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking is in a large lot across the street.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2002
1203 1st Street
Moundsville, West Virginia
At first, we had trouble finding the hiking trails because they were not marked well. On the hiking trails, there were no mile markers or benches. There was nobody else on the hiking trails, which gave us solitude, but also an eerie feeling. Although my husband and I enjoyed the hiking trails, Grand Vue park is not worth another visit for us since we have a lot of hiking trails within 10 minutes of our house.
Even though we were disappointed with the activities available in the park, it was very scenic. There is also a playground for the kids and no charge for the playground or the hiking trails.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 8, 2002
Grand Vue Park
250 Trail Road
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041
Attraction | "Grave Creek Mound"
Grave Creek Mound Historic Site contains a museum as well as the mound itself. The museum had many interesting displays, however the lighting was so poor that I had trouble reading the accompanying text. This was very distracting to me.
The mound is a short, but steep ascent. Steps go around the very edge of the mound. I wouldn’t attempt it in ice, snow, or rain, as there is nothing to prevent you from falling off. The climb is well worth the view, since the top provides a good view of the Ohio River and surrounding hillside, the former West Virginia Penitentiary (across the street), and the town of Moundsville. The top is also a good spot for fall foliage viewing.
Once you get to the town of Moundsville, make a right off of Jefferson Avenue, then a left into the parking lot. There are picnic tables outside, which would make a nice spot for a picnic. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Sundays from 1 to 5, and is closed on holidays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-18, and free for children under 6.
Grave Creek Mound Bonnie Dwaine Bed & Breakfast
505 Wheeling Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia 26038
Even though we were unable to take the tour, we enjoyed just driving around the impressive structure. We couldn't believe how many homes bordered the penitentiary property. I'll bet those people were glad when the penitentiary closed!
During the month of October, the penitentiary is the site of the Dungeon of Horrors Haunted House in the evenings. My husband and I have an acquaintance that drove down from Pittsburgh just to tour the haunted house and said it was well worth the trip.
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania