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What makes Parsons a special place to live?
Parsons has much to offer! First, our friendly community has recreational activities second to none. Parsons, located in the Monongahela National Forest where the Black Fork and the Shavers Fork join together to form the Cheat River, is an outdoor recreationist’s dream. The rivers provide opportunities for water fun. Find your favorite swimming hole, fish, kayak, float on a tube, or hike to your favorite waterfall. The Monongahela National Forest features an extensive hiking trail system including the pristine Otter Creek Wilderness Area less than 15 minutes away. Parsons is also the mid-point hub for the 26-mile Allegheny Highland Trail—one of the most scenic hike and bike trails in the area.
Parson WV Parks: Allegheny Highlands Trail

For those who enjoy entertainment, Parsons has events throughout the year. We are home to the award-winning International Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival—the second largest bluegrass festival in the state. Lazy summer evenings inspire folks to gather in front of the downtown courthouse to partake in old-fashioned cake walks. Getting into the Christmas spirit is easy to do in Parsons as we host one of the largest Christmas parades in the area and welcome guests to our Annual Christmas House Tours that highlight homes decked out for the holidays. The Festival of Trees encourages local organizations to decorate trees while promoting their causes.

Parson WV Parks: Mill Race Park

Parsons includes two well-maintained city parks. Mill Race Park with its winding walking trails that connect to the Allegheny Highlands Trail and features a community stage, several pavilions, public grills, outdoor exercise stations, playground amenities, and our popular splash park, a fun place for kids! Other events include Summer Concerts in the Park, Taste of Tucker Farmers’ Market, and Art in the Park. Our River City Park also connects to the Allegheny Highlands Trail and has basketball courts, a baseball field, a skate park, playground amenities, and is home to numerous area sporting teams.

Resident Questions

Council meetings are held on the First and Third Tuesday of every month in the Council Chambers, located on the first floor of the Charles W. “Bill” Rosenau Municipal Building, 341 Second Street, Parsons, West Virginia.

Zoom participation is available by request. Contact our office for information.

Contact the Parsons Business Office. Our friendly staff will explain all building codes/regulations and will assist in completing our building permit application.

We send boil water advisories to all customers through our telephone messaging system, local media outlets, and Facebook. They will also be posted on our website here.


For floodplain questions, please contact our Floodplain Manager at (304) 478-2311.

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