Make Summer Memories in Belmont County

The heat is here this summer in Ohio, so it’s time to cool off with some ice cream, make memories at the festivals in our charming towns or explore the outdoors and experience all Belmont County has to offer!

The Fourth of July provides ample celebrations to enjoy with loved ones. From Barnesville to Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville to Bellaire, you will find live music, food trucks, free swimming, and of course – fireworks!

Spend the second weekend in July taking a stroll down memory lane and reliving the feelings of the days of yore at Chautauqua Homecoming Days & Bethesda Festival. Stroll along the lake, enjoy the beautiful fountain, and reminisce under the majestic oaks on Saturday, July 8th, and Sunday, July 9th, at Epworth

Park in Bethesda. This event features a parade, a youth fishing tournament, craft vendors, concession stands, live music, a car show, and much more.

Maybe you want to slow things down and take in some serene surroundings? Belmont County offers an abundance of ways to unplug and unwind. So, grab your kayak, load the bikes, or put on your walking shoes – miles of trail and glistening shorelines await you. Regardless of your skill level, you can enjoy our county’s beautiful scenery.

Zion Retreat & RV Park in Flushing is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature – it’s a hidden gem in our county! Become immersed in the peacefulness of 1,300 acres of rolling hills, green fields, sparkling water, and beautiful sunsets. Explore the 27-acre lake on a kayak or paddle board, fish in one of the many ponds, and spend the night in a luxury or rustic cabin, or your own tent or RV in a tree-lined spot. Be sure to check out their brand new 4-mile mountain bike trail, along with many other hiking trails around their property.

Ready for more challenging trails and rugged terrain? Visit Barkcamp State Park in Belmont and explore scenic hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Nature lovers will surely find the perfect location to see all kinds of wildflowers and birds. Plan a picnic in the park, or a kayak adventure on the water, or spend the day hunting, fishing, and boating. End your day camping under the stars by finding the perfect campsite for the whole family or grab some friends to sit around the campfire making s’mores. At Barkcamp there is something for everyone!

Did you ever notice how ice cream and happiness seem to go together? No better way than to end a hot summer day with some delicious ice cream – at Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream in St. Clairsville. For over 30 years, Kirke’s has been serving up treats in Belmont County and placed 10th in the statewide Ohio Farm Bureau Ice Cream Battle in 2020. Just one lick of their Banana Peanut Butter, Coconut Cream Pie, or Midnight Caramel Crunch will tell you why!

So, pack up the family, get outside and explore, and make summer memories right here in our own backyard.

To find out more about all the upcoming events happening in Belmont County, go to our website at Also, if you are planning an event, please send our office the information so we can add it to our website event calendar and share it on our social media channels. We are your community partner and are here to help promote all the upcoming events happening in friendly, beautiful, Belmont

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