Moundsville Journals

Day Trip to Moundsville, West Virginia

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.)

Day Trip to Moundsville, West Virginia

Overview

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Since this was the only trip my husband and I have taken alone since my daughter was born, I enjoyed our lunch at Mitchells' the most. It's not often that my husband and I have a quiet meal alone!Quick Tips: Since there are only enough activities in Moundsville to fill a day, I recommend staying overnight in Wheeling and including Moundsville as part of a Wheeling getaway. In Wheeling, I prefer the Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park (see my Wheeling journal for a review.)Best Way To Get Around: Grave Creek Mound and the former West Virginia State Penitentiary are located across the street from each other. However, to get to any of the other sites described in this journal you will defin...Read More

Mitchell’s

Restaurant

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Mitchell’s doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside it has a nice country décor. The restaurant has a large menu with lots of sandwiches, most of which are under $5. Most dinners were under $10. There are a few sandwich platters that include fries and coleslaw, but you have to order side dishes to go with the other sandwiches. The sandwiches are large and one order of large fries was plenty for both my husband and I. We felt so full; we weren’t even able to eat dessert.

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

Mitchell’s
1203 1st Street
Moundsville, West Virginia
(304) 845-8440

Grand Vue Park

Attraction

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We visited Grand Vue Park on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in October, but there wasn’t anyone else in the whole park, except for a few golfers. We were hoping to play a game of miniature golf, but the miniature golf course was closed for the season. There is an outdoor swimming pool, so there is probably a lot more to do in the summer. 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...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 8, 2002

Grand Vue Park
250 Trail Road
Moundsville, West Virginia 26041
(304) 845-9810

Grave Creek Mound Bonnie Dwaine Bed & Breakfast

Attraction | "Grave Creek Mound"

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Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest burial mounds built by the Adena people. The Adena people were the first group of mound builders, who lived in West Virginia from about 1000 B.C. to approximately 1 A.D. Construction of the mound took place in successive stages from 250 to 150 B.C. and required the movement of over 60,000 tons of earth. 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...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2002

Grave Creek Mound Bonnie Dwaine Bed & Breakfast
505 Wheeling Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia 26038
(304) 845-7250

An added bonus…

Story/Tip

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As my husband and I were heading down Route 2 towards Moundsville, we were listening to a Brad Paisley CD. We thought it was only fitting for our drive through the country since Brad Paisley is one of the hottest new country music stars. As we were passing through the town of Glen Dale, West Virginia, I saw a street sign that read: “Brad Paisley Boulevard.” I thought: “what a coincidence!” Later while I was reading through a brochure, I learned that Glen Dale is the home of Brad Paisley. So, when we drove back through Glen Dale I insisted that my husband stop the car so that I could take a picture of the “Brad Paisley Boulevard” sign. If you are a big Brad Paisley fan, it would be fun to trace...Read More
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The former West Virginia State Penitentiary 818 Jefferson Avenue Moundsville, West Virginia 304-845-6200 The former West Virginia State Penitentiary was the second public building constructed by the newly formed state of West Virginia after the civil war. Tours are now available to the public. When we were there for the third weekend in October, tours were only running at 10, 2, and 4. Unfortunately, these times didn’t work out for us. If you are interested in touring the penitentiary, call ahead for tour times to avoid disappointment. 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 ...Read More