The Mid-Ohio Valley spans from Wheeling, West Virginia to Portsmouth, Ohio, trailing the Ohio River and includes the West Virginia counties of Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Jackson and Mason, as well as the Ohio counties of Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, Meigs, and Gallia. The two communities most distinguishable for their active marketplaces and overall quality of life, within this region, are Marietta, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine, Marietta, Ohio is a destination brimming with opportunity and quality of life. That includes a vibrant downtown where young people occupy loft apartments and enjoy fine dining and neighborhoods featuring brick streets complemented by 200 year old homes.
Breathtaking views of the Ohio River, fun festivals, exciting historical roots, a thriving arts scene and a variety of entertainment options are just a few of Marietta's assets. As an adventure town, Marietta has six of the most popular hiking trails in Ohio. With Marietta's unique access to two rivers, including 3.5 miles of paved multi-use Rivertrail, it’s perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. When you look deeper, you will find a town with affordable home prices, access to affordable healthcare, job opportunities, low crime rates and easy access too many major cities.
Founded in 1788, Marietta embraces its past as a precursor to forging ahead and with open arms invites all who pass through to call Marietta their home. For more information on visiting Marietta, please visit the Marietta Convention and Visitors Bureau's Website.
Much like Marietta, Ohio, the city of Parkersburg, WV is rich in history. The development of the Oil & Gas industry began in the Marietta-Parkersburg region, generating a great deal of wealth during the oil booms in 1875 and 1910. The results of these booms can be seen even today by touring the town. Strolling through the historic Julia-Ann Square, you will find impressive examples of Victorian architecture built by the most prominent residents in Parkersburg's early history.
A larger metropolitan region, Parkersburg, West Virginia provides access to a wide variety of retail businesses, fine dining selections, and a flourishing arts & culture landscape. Featuring multiple state park systems in the surrounding area, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation activities. Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing and much more. Visit North Bend State Park's Rail Trail, a 72 mile multi-use trail, extending through the country-side.
For more information on visiting Parkersburg, please visit the Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau's Website.