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Camp Horseshoe


Camp Horseshoe, located 11 miles northeast of Parsons on County Route 7 in the Monongahela National Forest in Tucker County, offers summer youth camping experiences. Special programs include Hi-Y Leadership Camp, Hemophilia Camp, Cancer Camp, and the Horseshoe Adventure Camp for low-income children. Camp Horseshoe is also available as a year-round conference center for adult groups of 20 to 200 people, featuring a ropes course and leadership center. The adjoining Horseshoe Recreation Area offers tent and trailer camping. The camp is operated by Ohio-West Virginia YMCA.

Camp Horseshoe was constructed in 1938–39 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the U.S. Forest Service, and many of the original buildings are in use today. The Ohio-West Virginia YMCA has leased Horseshoe from the Forest Service since 1940. The heated dining hall, resident cabins, and meeting lodge have the original rustic look of the old CCC.

Written by Heather Roberts Biola