New restaurant opens at Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton

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The lodge restaurant at Tygart Lake State Park offers scenic views. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

The lodge at Tygart Lake State Park is not only a place to stay overnight near Grafton, West Virginia. It’s now the name of the new park restaurant, which opened this month along shimmering Tygart Lake.

The restaurant operation had been contracted out, according to park superintendent Jim Browning, but it is now managed and operated by park staff, giving visitors and overnight guests a steady and consistent menu of good food and service.

Boats dock at Tygart Lake. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce

“Our visitors always called the restaurant ‘the lodge’ when they talked about getting a meal at the park,” Browning said.

“We decided to officially call our version ‘The Lodge’ because it is simple, fitting, and it’s what everyone called it anyway.”

Visitors will see improvements in the restaurant and the menu, Browing said.

Guests also may choose outdoor seating on a new patio with a view of the lake, soft seating, umbrella tables, and fire pits. Professional chefs will create favorite park dishes along with new items, and the restaurant will provide live entertainment some weekends.

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This has been a summer of improvements at Tygart Lake State Park. The lake trail has been expanded and now includes a deck with seating next to the lodge courtesy dock. Campers now have upgraded campsites that include electric hookups, a new campground office and a gift shop. The park cabins have been renovated to include new kitchens, windows, lighting, HVAC and furniture.

Soon to come will be the completion of a broadband project that will allow high-speed internet and Wi-Fi in areas of the park. The park also is planning cabin courtesy docks and a major lodge redecoration and renovation project.

“Our guests enjoy swimming, camping, boating, and many other activities at Tygart Lake State Park, and we think this new restaurant and other improvements will make their visits even more enjoyable,” Supt. Browning said.

Guests who would like to stay overnight can visit .​com to book a lodge room, cabin or campsite.


About West Virginia State Parks

West Virginia State Parks is a section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The State Park System manages recreational assets at 45 state parks and forests across the state.

West Virginia’s state parks and forests are visited by more than 7 million people each year who enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities like hiking, fishing, and other exciting outdoor adventures.

For more information or to book a stay, visit .

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