Wayne County attractions
Camden Park: Originally developed as a picnic area by the Camden Interstate Railway in 1903, Camden Park has survived into the 21st century as a thriving traditional amusement park. Today, it is the oldest amusement park in West Virginia with about 30 rides, including the classic wooden roller coaster, The Big Dipper. Located at U.S. 60 West, Huntington. Hours vary, but the park typically is open on weekends in May, Wednesday through Sunday in June, Tuesday through Sunday in July before hours trail off through August and September. And don’t miss Spooktacular, weekends in October. Call 304-429-4321. Go online at www.camdenpark.com.
Ceredo Historical Society: Located at 501 Main St., Ceredo. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For appointments, call 304-453-3025.
Dreamland Pool: Take a dip back in time at Dreamland Pool in Kenova. The large pool, which first opened in 1926, is now a city-owned public pool with a recently added, professional grade beach volleyball court and refurbished basketball court. The pool also has a full concession stand. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6; Sundays 12-6. Located at 323 23rd St. (U.S. 60), Kenova. Call 304-453-6288
Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastery: This Russian Orthodox monastery is nestled in the hills near Wayne, W.Va. The monks make their livelihood by lotions and soaps they have handmade from goats’ milk, along with hand-dipped beeswax candles and other items. Tours are available when arranged in advance; specific dress is required. The gift shop is open during business hours, and items can also be purchased online. The monastery is located at 505 Holy Cross Road, Wayne. Call 304-849-2072 or visit www.holycross-hermitage.com/.
Z.D. Ramsdell House: The Ramsdell House, is a historic home in Ceredo that now serves as a museum and meeting place. The two-story, red brick in the Greek Revival style was built in 1857-1858 by Z.D. Ramsdell, who came to Ceredo at the invitation of the town’s founder and fellow abolitionist, Eli Thayer. It is rumored that Ramsdell housed escaped slaves who were traveling north to Canada via the underground railroad. The Ramsdell House is located at 1108 B St., Ceredo. Call 304-453-6222.
W.Va. 152, Lavalette.
Holes: 18, public. Par: 69.
Yardage: Blue 5,846; White 5,565; Women 5,257.
Description: A fairly flat course. Variety of hazards.
Twin Silos G.C.
W.Va. 152, Lavalette
Holes: 18, public. Par: 71.
Yardage: Blue 6,262; White 5,922; Red 4,555.
Description: A hilly course.Water hazards on several holes.
Beech Fork Lake: Take 5th Street south where it turns into W.Va. 152. The lake is accessed near the town of Lavalette, about eight miles south of Huntington. At the Lavalette side, you can rent boats of all kinds, enjoy swimming the lake at Stower’s Branch, enjoy extensive hiking trails, fishing, picnic facilities and more. Call 304-528-5794.
Cabwaylingo State Forest: Located at the convergence of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mingo counties, the 8,123 heavily forested acres provide a rustic getaway and a rich example of the work done in the 1930s and ‘40s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which built the log and stone cabins. The state forest offers camping, hiking trails, a swimming pool, picnic facilities, basketball, volleyball and prime hunting and fishing. The state stocks the West Fork of Twelvepole Creek with trout. Call 304-385-4255 for information, registration and fee inquiries.
East Lynn Lake: Located in Wayne County, East Lynn Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, and West Virginia fishing licenses are required. There are 25,000 acres for hunting. West Virginia hunting license is required. Foot trails are located at the visitors center, Lake side Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch area and East Fork camping area. All trails are marked. Campground fees are $16 with electric and $18 with electric and water hookup. There is a slot limit on bass. All bass between 12 and 16 inches must be released. Call 304-849-2355.
Virginia Point Park: This park is located on the confluence of the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers in Kenova — West Virginia’s most westerly point. With views of Ohio and Kentucky, its amenities include: overnight campgrounds, boat launching ramp, and a large group picnic shelter.
Austin’s Home-Made Ice Cream
Description: Founded in 1947 by Esther Austin, the walk-up shop still carries its signature grape-pineapple flavored ice cream created by Austin, among its usual 35 flavors. The menu includes hot dogs, smoothies, frozen cappuccinos and “flurries,” a blend of ice cream and various mix-ins. Open seasonally.
Address: 1103 C St., Ceredo
Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant
Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine. Specialties: tacos, enchiladas, chalupas, chili relenos, Mexican rice, refried beans, tostadas, tamales, quesadillas, burritos and nachos; vegetarian and children’s menus also available.
Address: 804 Oak St., Kenova
Description: This traditional pizza parlor has been a Kenova favorite since 1968.
Address: 914 Oak St. (U.S. 60 in Kenova)
Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House
Description: Gino’s Pizza and pub-style food is so good there are three locations in Wayne County alone.
Locations: Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House, Lavalette, 304-529-1818; Gino’s Pizza of Kenova, 1121 Oak St., Kenova, 304-453-1351; Gino’s Pizza of Wayne, Corner of Cleveland, Wayne, 304-272-5191
Griffith & Feil Soda Fountain
Description: Step back in time when you enter the Griffith & Feil Drug Store, a working pharmacy that houses a true, old-fashioned soda counter that includes a restored 1929 soda fountain.
Address: 1405 Chestnut St., Kenova
Description: Considered one of the Tri-State’s finest classic Italian restaurants. While having an extensive menu and wine list, Rocco’s is best known for its signature dish — lasagna, which is served with a rich red sauce and a generous portion of cheese.
Address: 252 Main St., Ceredo
On the Web: www.roccosristorante.com
South Tenampa Mexican Restaurant
Description: Authentic Mexican cuisine.
Address: 4701 Route 152, Lavalette
Description: A Tri-State original. Hot dogs any way you want them, plus BBQ sandwiches, fries and more. Don’t forget to try their original root beer.
Address: 1025 Oak St, Kenova
Tudor’s Biscuit World
Description: A West Virginia original, you can get almost anything you can imagine on a giant, flaky biscuit, or choose from a variety of country-style platters.
Addresses: C and Main streets, Ceredo, 304-453-2850; 4540 W.Va. 152, Lavalette, 304-523-4808
On the Web: www.tudorsbiscuitworld.com