Due to the importance of the B&O Railroad for the movement of troops and supplies, Grafton was a strategic point during the early stages of the Civil War and both sides tried to control it.
Tygart Lake State Park features a spacious 20-room lodge with sleeping rooms looking out over the waters of Tygart Lake. The lake stretches 11 miles, offering boating, swimming, fishing and scuba diving.
Valley Falls State Park is a day-use park with fishing and picnicking. The 18 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails are open to the public. There is no admission to enter state operated parks and forests.
Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.