Welcome to Ripley, West Virginia!
Our community is situated along Interstate 77 in West Virginia between Charleston and Parkersburg.
The town was founded in 1832 as the centrally located seat of government for the newly organized Jackson County. It is named for Harry Ripley, a young circuit riding minister who tragically died shortly before his wedding day.
Ripley features the convenience of lodging, dining and refueling options adjacent to I-77 coupled with small town charm.
The community is the home of festive events such as “The USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration” and the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many nearby camping, fishing and hunting opportunities.
Ripley boasts two beautiful city parks and the Cedar Lakes Conference Center two miles south of the city:
Ripley boasts two beautiful city parks. Ripley City Park provides an Olympic size swimming pool and water slide, lighted tennis courts, two picnic shelters with electricity, a baseball field, a basketball court, skateboard park, walking trail, and a large playground. A new large gazebo, excellent for family picnics, has recently been added to the City Park. The West Ripley Park provides five baseball/softball fields, two soccer fields, a playground, and a walking trail.
Shelters at the City Park can be reserved during the swimming season by contacting the Pool manager at (304) 372-8543. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. This phone number is only operational during the swimming season.
Amenities at Cedar Lakes include a wide variety of artisan classes, hiking trails, fishing, biking, an 18-hole disc golf course, Tennis Courts, Volleyball Courts, a basketball Court, a swimming pool and is home of the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair. All facilities at Cedar Lakes are equipped with high speed wireless internet to meet professional groups’ conference needs and an onsite café and gift shop offers visitors a place relax during their downtime atmosphere for all of their conference needs.
The conference facility offers 48 hotel rooms, 38 motel rooms, and 44 dormitory style rooms to sleep up to 600 individuals. Cedar Lakes offers dining services for up to 700 people at the Lake View Dining Hall and can accommodate corporate picnics for up to 3,000 customers.
For more information on where to stay, shop and play in Ripley, visit our visitors bureau page here