Barboursville Community Park: This park is located in the village of Barboursville, located off of U.S. 60 and near the Huntington Mall. At Barboursville Park's more than 750 acres, you'll find soccer fields, three baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, little league baseball fields, midget football field, stocked fishing lake and ponds, picnic areas, an amphitheater, walking trails, horse show ring, and an archery range. The Barboursville Park features nine shelters that are available for reservation for special events. Reservations are from dawn to dusk. There are four large shelters with the capacity of 150 people. Shelter number seven is actually a smaller shelter, but because it is by the lake it is charged as a large. Each shelter has electricity and one barbecue grill. All shelters have access to restrooms, playgrounds, and parking lots. For more information, call 304-733-1500 or stop by the Visitor's Center at 701 Main St. Or go online to www.barboursville.org and click on "Barboursville Park" under the Recreation tab for more information about rentals and pricing.
Barboursville Farmers Market: The Barboursville Farmers Market has begun its fourth season at 6501 Farmdale Road, Barboursville. The market features 12 local farmers who bring their produce to the open-air, but covered marketplace with plenty of parking. The market is open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. Find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bvillemarket/ or call 304-733-1500.
Barboursville Splash Park: Barboursville Splash Park, located inside the Barboursville Community Park, is the place to be on a hot summer day. Open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, the park offers benches and grassy areas for parents to lounge while watching their children splash in the water features, or for the little ones to take a break. There is also a concession stand and plenty of picnic seating. The canopies can be rented for parties from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at a cost of $150 per canopy or $375 for all three. Each canopy has picnic tables on a concrete pad with a 60-person capacity. Call 304-733-1500 for rental information Smoking, food and drinks, glass, balloons, cups, water guns or buckets are not allowed in the Splash Park.
Barboursville Skate Park: 14 Courtyard Lane, Barboursville, at the end of Central Ave. Precast concrete structures, rails and ramps for all your skating tricks. Note: bicycles and scooters not allowed. The skate park is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.
Beech Fork State Park: The closest state park to Huntington is only about 12 miles away. Take Hal Greer until it runs into W.Va. 10, take that road south, turn onto Hughes Branch Road and follow the signs. This 3,144 acre park features the state's largest campground. The park is stocked with activities that include boating, swimming (in an Olympic size swimming pool), an extensive trail system for hiking and mountain biking. Call 304-528-5794.
Huntington Mall: Even though it has "Huntington" in its name, this mega mall is physically located in Barboursville. The largest shopping center in West Virginia has more than 150 stores and restaurants. It also serves as a hub of community activities, such as fundraisers, awareness campaigns, fashion shows and more. Its Club McFinn offers fun activities for kids year round, including indoor summer camp activities. It has an indoor children's play area for those days when it's too rainy, too hot or too cold to go to Barboursville Park and your little ones have some energy to burn. The Cabell Huntington Healthy Kids Play Place is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital. The play area is free to the public and is designed for small children under 42 inches in height. The play area is designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children. There is also a Mall Walkers program for those who want to take advantage of the vast space under roof at the mall to hit their 10,000 daily steps. Stop by the mall office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to register and receive a free walker bracelet. Mall doors at the South entrance by Dick's Sporting Goods and Sears open at 8 a.m. for registered walkers. To learn more about the stores and restaurants at the mall, hours and other amenities, visit www.huntingtonmall.com.
Midland Trail National Scenic Byway: This award-winning tourist highway takes travelers along U.S. 60 east from Kenova, W.Va., through Huntington, Barboursville, Milton, Hurricane, Charleston and the New River area before ending 180 miles later at White Sulphur Springs, near the state's border with Virginia. Highlights of the trail include historic sites such as the Toll House in Barboursville, the Wine Cellars of Dunbar, Booker T. Washington's cabin in Malden, the African-American Family Tree Museum in Ansted, the Carnifex Battle Museum in Summersville, and many more. The trail is also rich with outdoor adventures including Hawks Nest State Park. You'll also find tons of restaurants, museums, galleries and crafts and specialty shops along the way. For up-to-date travel information, log on to www.midlandtrail.com.
Cool, creative spots
Make: Art Gallery and Community Studio: Located at 604 1/2 Central Ave. Conceived and operated by local artist Sassa Wilkes, this non-profit teaching gallery space was created with the intention of bringing the community together in a positive way by making art a visible, accessible part of life. Some of the programming I would like to provide includes beginner courses for artists, crafters, and makers of all types, as well as advanced and specialty courses for those who are seeking mastery of particular skills or mediums. program of the Barboursville Community Wellness Council. All donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of donated funds will be used to facilitate future programming. Call 304-691-0780 or visit www.makeartbville.org.
Board and Brush Creative Studio: 3012 Champion Drive, Barboursville. Getting in on the do-it-yourself trend is this newest space in Barboursville. Board and Brush Creative Studio is a place for creating fun and unique wood decor projects from scratch while enjoying a fun, instructor-led atmosphere. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/boardandbrushbarboursvillewv.
Michelle's WV Quilt: 642 Main St., Barboursville. Michelle's WV Quilt provides all your quilting needs, from fabric and patterns to the exclusive Chenille Sew Easy. There are also weekly quilting classes for the newest beginners through advanced quilters, taught by leading quilt experts from around the state. This is a family owned and operated business. Call 304-302-5400, or visit www.wvquilt.com.
MERRITT CREEK FARM PLAZA: in Barboursville (located off of exit 18 on Interstate 64, also accessible off U.S. 60 in Barboursville): This shopping mall contains more than 20 stores. Department stores Marshalls and Target anchor the site, which also features Starbucks, Office Depot and Home Depot. There are also some boutique and specialty stores, including health food market Wholi Moli and Sally Beauty.
RIVER PLACE: 6007 U.S. 60, Barboursville: This shopping center features more than 30 businesses, including several restaurants, a Goodwill store and other retail.
HUNTINGTON MALL, Mall Road, Barboursville, 304-733-0492, www.huntington-mall.com: The largest shopping center in West Virginia has more than 150 stores and restaurants. The mall features many department stores including Sears, JCPenney and Macy's. The mall also has specialty stores like Talbot's and Bath and Body Works. The mall provides electronics and entertainment stores like Best Buy, and the large book store Books-a-Million (BAM! for short) and cosmetics and skincare megastore, Ulta Beauty. Call 304-733-0007.
TANYARD STATION: The newest shopping center in Barboursville, located on U.S. 60 at the intersection with Big Ben Bowen Highway, is still under construction and adding tenants. Tanyard Station is on the 51.73-acre site of the former CSX railroad yard, off Exit 18 of Interstate 64, along the Mud River and Tanyard Branch Creek. Its developers said they are in talks with national tenants to build on the second phase of development. Current tenants that are already open and ready to serve you include grocery store Aldi, Aspen Dental, Verizon Wireless, and gas station and convenience store Sheetz, which also offers a large menu of made-to-order food. Restaurants Longhorn Steakhouse and Highway 55 Burgers & Shakes are open. Construction began this spring on a Menards store.
GUYAN GOLF AND C.C.
U.S. 60 East, Huntington
Holes: 18, private. Par: 71.
Yardage: Blue 6,446; White 6,062; Gold 5,458; Red 5,347.
Description: Plenty of trees and slick greens.
1 Esquire Dr., Barboursville
Holes: 18, public. Par: 72.
Yardage: Blue 6,905; White 6,408; Gold 5,862; Red 5,245.
Description: Relatively flat, but requires the use of all clubs in your bag.
ORCHARD HILLS GOLF
AND COUNTRY CLUB
Allen Ave., Barboursville
Holes: 9, public. Par: 69.
Yardage: White 6,269; Red 5,480.
Description: Outstanding conditions. Tree-lined fairways.
Best Western Huntington Mall Inn, 3441 U.S. 60 East; 304-736-9772.
Comfort Inn by Choice Hotel, 249 Mall Road; 304-733-2122.
Delta Hotels by Mariott, 3551 Rt. 60 East; 681-203-5927. deltahotels.marriott.com.
Hampton Inn Huntington/Barboursville, 1 Cracker Barrel Drive; 304-733-5300.
BEECH FORK CAMPERS CORNER: 5601 Long Branch Road,
BEECH FORK STATE PARK: 5601 Long Branch Road
Cinemark at the Huntington Mall: 12 screens, high-tech equipment and a cafeteria-style concession stand. The mall is easily accessed from Interstate 64 or U.S. 60 in Barboursville.
Billy Bob's Wonderland: 5 Cracker Barrel Drive, Barboursville
Family fun center featuring Lazer Tag, Putt-Putt, Go Karts, midway games and pizza, plus an animatronic band.
Pump up the Fun Indoor Inflatable Center: 6759 Merritts Creek Road, Huntington.
Plan your child's birthday party here, or bring your kids during the open "pop-in hours." The center will also host a day camp this summer. In the warmer months, Pump up the Fun has an outdoor inflatable water park.