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WV Division of Natural Resources

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Explore WV Division of Natural Resources’ “HOME PAGE” Website

(The Division of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Geological and Economic Survey, Division of Energy, and Division of Tourism are among the ten divisions of the WV Department of Commerce.)


 

 

WEST VIRGINIA STATE PARK SYSTEM – WV Division of Natural Resources

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“…to ‘promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.’ This mission statement, embodied in state law, has been the guiding principal for operating the West Virginia State Park system since its inception in the late 1920s. Additionally, WV state parks and state forests continue to serve as major tourist attractions and travel destinations.”

“The system is composed of 34 state parks, nine state forests, five wildlife management areas, the Greenbrier River Trail, and the North Bend Rail Trail. The State Parks Section manages or assists in managing more than 197,000 acres of public land and sees up to 7-million visitors annually in locations as diverse as undeveloped natural areas to multi-faceted resort parks. The park system manages more than 1,900 campsites, 800 lodge rooms, 350 cabins, and six golf courses, an early 20th century era railroad and logging town, and an Ohio River sternwheeler. . . State parks and state forests protect watersheds and wildlife habitat; provide fishing and natural education opportunities; and have numerous other environmental and cultural benefits.”

Explore WV State Parks’ “ABOUT” Page


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     “Where People and Nature Meet – WV State Parks and Forests”

The West Virginia State Parks system is composed of 34 state parks, eight state forests, five wildlife management areas, the Greenbrier River Trail, and the North Bend Rail Trail.

Explore WV State Parks’ “INTRODUCTION” Page    (not currently available)


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     “West Virginia State Parks – Special Places – Past, Present & Future”

“History rolls along! 
Connect with special places that helped form the character of the State of West Virginia. From architecture and design, community spirit, and battle sites that shaped the formation of the 35th state in these United States of America, West Virginia, you’ll find lessons in history – and like they say at Cass Scenic Railroad:  ‘Preserving America’s Past for the Future.'”

Includes: 

  • About 
  • Architecture
  • The 18th Century Frontier (1774)
  • Civil War Sites (1860’s)
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
  • The Works Progress Administration (WPA)
  • USDA Farm Security Administration Resettlement Project

Explore WV State Parks’ “HISTORY” Page  (not currently available)


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     “General Guide to the West Virginia Park System”

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Explore WV DNR’s “GENERAL GUIDE to the WEST VIRGINIA PARK SYSTEM” Brochure pdf


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     “eBrochures Online” – West Virginia State Parks

WV DNR has indicated it will no longer print brochures for WV State Parks and Forests, using digital media instead.     MH3WV has been able to retrieve and archive the pdf of each printed brochure and will keep them available–the date of the printed version is in the lower right corner, in small type, on the back page of the brochure pdf.  These brochures are linked in each park/forest/wildlife management area’s section below.

(Feb. 2017–Links to many of the brochures can still be found at the WV Commerce “Publications” Website)


 

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     “WV State Parks and Forests Videos”

Winner of the Best Broadcast Coverage series, Photojournalist Brad Rice’s ‘Traveling West Virginia’ series is now available for your viewing. This weekly series originally aired on WCHS-TV8 and introduces viewers to interesting people, exciting places and challenging activities. Travel with Brad Rice throughout West Virginia’s state parks to discover nature’s scenic beauty, an array of recreational possibilities, and the rich history of our region.”

Explore WV DNR’s “WV STATE PARKS AND FORESTS Videos” Webpage (not currently available)


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     “West Virginia State Parks and Forests – Explore the Outdoors”

“Get outside!  Play.  Discover.  Learn.   Share.   And enjoy the great outdoors.

“West Virginia State Parks and Forests are outdoor classrooms and encourage individuals, family, friends, schools, and groups to enjoy and explore the natural history of the mountain state.  You’re always welcome to explore outdoors in West Virginia.”

Includes: Events & Activities; Field Trips; Backyard Naturalist; Discovery; Ask the Naturalist; Wildlife Diversity; A Sense of Wonder; and much more.

Explore WV DNR’s “WV STATE PARKS AND FORESTS Explore the Outdoors” Webpage (not currently available)


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     “WV State Parks and Forests Maps”

View, download and print trail maps for WV State Parks and Forests.

Explore WV DNR’s “WV STATE PARKS AND FORESTS Maps” Webpage


 


 


 

“WEST VIRGINIA STATE PARKS”

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     Audra

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“Audra State Park is a heavily wooded area bisected by the Middle Fork River located in southwestern Barbour County and a portion of Upshur County. Each year, visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the Middle Fork and its surroundings, which offers opportunities for hiking, camping and family picnics. This park is an ideal destination for families who enjoy the outdoors. The clear, clean water of the Middle Fork River and the rock overhang of the Alum Cave offer picture-perfect backdrops.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Audra State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Audra State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

 

     Babcock

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“Babcock State Park and its 4,127 acres of rhododendron-lined trails and rippling, rock-strewn streams is one of West Virginia’s most iconic locations. Located 20 miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, the park is most known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill, located nearby. Other attractions include recreational activities like hiking, fishing and boating.

“The Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park also is a popular destination for nature and landscape photographers and artists capturing this iconic site.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Babcock State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Babcock State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Beartown

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“Beartown State Park is a 110-acre natural area located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain in northern Greenbrier County and a small portion of Pocahontas County. This park is known for its unusual rocky formations, massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and deep crevices. The park’s main attraction is a half-mile boardwalk showcasing these spectacular sights. The park is open April to October, and off-season access is available by appointment.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Beartown State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Beartown State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


     Beech Fork

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“Beech Fork State Park offers some of the best recreational opportunities in West Virginia’s southwestern region. Visitors to this 3,144-acre park can hike in the hills, watch birds, fish or take a boat out on Beech Fork Lake. The lake is a 720-acre reservoir, with 31 miles of shoreline. Located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville, Beech Fork State Park is the perfect getaway for visitors from neighboring states and cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Beech Fork State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Beech Fork State Park” Brochure  pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Berkeley Springs

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“Located in the center of Berkeley Springs, a small resort town in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley Springs State Park is home to a historic mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times. The park is renowned for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. The park’s Roman bathhouse offer many spa services, including massages, saunas, baths and showers.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Berkeley Springs State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Berkeley Springs State Park” Brochure  pdf <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

View Berkeley Springs State Park’s “Taking the Waters” Brochure pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>



 

     Blackwater Falls

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“Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 62-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls, the main attraction of Blackwater Falls State Park, are accessible from steps and several viewing platforms that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views year-round. Blackwater Falls, and nearby Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. The park offers lodging and many outdoor recreational opportunities.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Blackwater Falls State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Blackwater Falls State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

        “Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV”

“Shot from both lookouts just after a rain on 4/30/14 and then again on 5/2/14. Also went down to the river on 5/2/14.”  (2:00/2014/colong7034)

 


 

     Blennerhassett Island Historical

Blennerhassett Mansion at Blennerhassett Island State Park in Parkersburg, WV.

“Located on a small island in the Ohio River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park features a Palladian mansion and museum visited by 40,000 people each year. This historical park is accessed by sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg. Once on the island, visitors may enjoy tours of the grounds and mansion and horse-drawn carriage rides. Tours are offered when the park is open, from May through the last weekend of October.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Bluestone

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“Wild and wonderful – you’ll find both at Bluestone State Park. This wilderness park, located five miles south of Hinton in southern West Virginia, is best known for Bluestone Lake, the state’s third-largest body of water. The park’s 2,155 acres of forest and rugged mountain terrain are perfect for hiking, fishing and camping.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Bluestone State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Bluestone State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


     Cacapon Resort

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“Sitting in the shadows of the highest peak in the eastern portion of West Virginia, Cacapon Resort State Park offers 6,000 acres of exciting outdoor getaways all year-round. The park provides lake activities and hiking opportunities, vacation cabins, golfing, and restaurants in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The word Cacapon is a derivative of a Shawnee Indian word meaning “medicine waters,” a reference to the area’s mineral waters that have been renowned throughout history for their healing powers.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cacapon Resort State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Capacon Resort State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Camp Creek

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“Camp Creek State Park and Forest is known for beautiful waterfalls and great camping. With nearly 6,000 acres of lush forest, 35 miles of trails and seven miles of seasonally stocked trout streams, there is something for every hiker, biker, horseback rider and angler to explore and enjoy. Located in Mercer County, two miles off Interstate 77, Camp Creek is ideal for family vacations and stop-overs during a long drive through the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Camp Creek State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Camp Creek State Park and Forest” Brochure  pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Canaan Valley Resort

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“Canaan Valley Resort is a four-season destination tucked into a high plateau in the Allegheny Mountains in an area known for its unique tundra-like wetlands. Canaan Valley is a major ski resort and one of West Virginia’s largest state parks. It has a full-service lodge, cabins and campgrounds, has been named one of America’s Best Parks by Arthur Frommer’s magazine, and has been listed among the 50 Great Places to Stay by Washingtonian Magazine.”

Explore “Canaan Valley Resort State Park” Website

Though owned by the State, Canaan Valley Resort State Park is managed by a private company.  It does not have a WV DNR Brochure.


 

 

     Carnifex Ferry Battlefield

 

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“Set on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon, the 156-acre Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. The park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, which links more than 300 historical sites in 16 states, and commemorates the 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry, a major Union victory that led to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia. Carnifex Ferry is one of the oldest state parks in the United States and is a popular site for Civil War reenactments.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park” Brochure pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Cass Scenic Railroad

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“Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park features an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views and the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives. The park’s 11-mile long heritage railroad and authentic company town are some of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is one of America’s only authentic operating museums of lumber railroading.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cass Scenic Railroad State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Cass Scenic Railroad State Park” Brochure  pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Cathedral

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“Cathedral State Park is the state’s largest old-growth forest and contains the only stand of virgin hemlock in West Virginia. Designated a National Natural Landmark, this 133-acre park offers sanctuary for these ancient trees, as well as 170 species of trees, ferns and wildflowers. During spring and summer Cathedral State Park offers excellent hiking on its six miles of trails and unique photography opportunities.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cathedral State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Cathedral State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Cedar Creek

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“Set on 2,588 wooded acres near Glenville in West Virginia’s central region, Cedar Creek State Park’s rolling hills and wide valleys provide an ideal backdrop for a variety of recreational activities from hiking to fishing. Park highlights include a furnished one-room schoolhouse and a fully restored log cabin, which serves as the campground check-in station.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cedar Creek State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Cedar Creek State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Chief Logan

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“Chief Logan State Park is a 4,000-acre recreational area with lodging, conference facilities, campgrounds, hiking trails and a variety of outdoor activities and attractions. Located four miles north of Logan in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coalfields, Chief Logan State Park is one of the most visited facilities in the West Virginia State Parks System. It is known for its annual “Christmas in the Park” drive-thru holiday light display. One item of note, the lodge and the surrounding state park are within a few miles drive from each other. Separated by a scenic mountain, guests can stay and enjoy the amenities at Chief Logan Lodge, and then take a short drive to explore the surrounding state park.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Chief Logan State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Chief Logan State Park and Chief Logan Lodge” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Droop Mountain Battlefield

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“Located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, which links more than 300 historical sites in 16 states. The park is famous for reenactments of the Battle of Droop Mountain, which was the last major American Civil War conflict in West Virginia. Reenactments occur in October of even-numbered years. The park also provides hiking trails, picnic shelters and play areas for use any time of the year.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Fairfax Stone

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(The “Fairfax Stone Historical Monument” sign is no longer at the park, just the stones plus a picnic table, trash can and small parking area.)

“This four-acre park is the location of the Fairfax Stone, a surveyor’s marker and boundary stone used in the 1700s to settle a boundary dispute over land in the English colonies of Maryland and Virginia. One of the oldest markers in the United States, this stone rests at the junction of Tucker, Grant and Preston counties and marks the boundary between Maryland and West Virginia.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Fairfax Stone State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Fairfax Stone State Park” Brochure  pdf        <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Hawks Nest
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“Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. Its 31-room lodge offers luxurious rooms, fine dining and spacious conference and meeting facilities. Located near Ansted in Fayette County, about 10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge, Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National River below.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Hawks Nest State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Hawks Nest State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Holly River

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“With 8,101 acres of dense forest, Holly River is West Virginia’s second largest state park. Located in a narrow valley in the Mountain Lakes region, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains, some reaching more than 2,800 feet in height. The dense forests of Holly River provide guests with a natural setting where they can find peaceful solitude. Recreational opportunities in this park include camping, hiking, swimming and tennis. Amenities include picnic shelters, the Holly River Restaurant and corrals for campers with horses. Holly River State Park is known for a wide range of flora, including wildflowers and ferns.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Holly River State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Holly River State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

        “Waterfalls of Holly River State Park”

“Tecumseh Falls, Upper Falls, Shupe’s Chute, and Lower Falls, Holly River State Park, Buckhannon, [actually Hacker Valley] WV (we did not go to Tenskwatawa Falls). Flowers are Dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius) with blue violets, Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), and Wood betony (Stachys officinalis). ”    (3:24/2014/colong7034)

 


 

     Little Beaver

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“Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre day-use park that features many outdoor recreational opportunities. At the center of the park is an 18-acre lake where anglers may fish year-round. Nearly 20 miles of trails challenge hikers, while picnic areas are perfect for family get-togethers and reunions.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Little Beaver State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Little Beaver State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Lost River

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“Located in the wooded mountains of Hardy County in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Lost River State Park provides cabin lodging and an abundance of outdoor recreation. The park’s quiet 3,712 acres of woods provides a secluded getaway for nature lovers. Lost River is known for its Cranny Crow overlook on top of Big Ridge Mountain, which offers a commanding view of five counties.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Lost River State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Lost River State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Moncove Lake

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“Moncove Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting for families to enjoy the outdoors. The park is a popular destination for outdoor social gatherings, quiet strolls, camping and water recreation. This 250-acre park contains a larger, 500-acre wildlife management area. Located in the hills of the southeastern edge of the state, near Union in Monroe County, the park offers many opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching and hiking.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Moncove Lake State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Moncove Lake State Park” Brochure  pdf   <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     North Bend

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“Found among the Mid-Ohio Valley’s rolling hills, lakes and streams, North Bend State Park offers a multitude of recreational facilities in a beautiful pastoral setting. Named for the horseshoe curve of the North Fork of the Hughes River, this year-round park is lush with fishing streams, hiking trails and abundant wildlife. Located near Cairo and Harrisville, North Bend State Park is best known for the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, which follows an abandoned B&O Railroad corridor with several tunnels along the way.”

Explore WV DNR’s “North Bend State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “North Bend State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 


     Pinnacle Rock

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“Located on U.S. Route 52 near Bramwell in Mercer County, Pinnacle Rock State Park is known for the 3,100-foot sandstone formation that gives the park its name. The roadside park includes a wooded area with picnic facilities, hiking trails and a fishing lake. An overlook from atop Pinnacle Rock is a popular destination for park visitors.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Pinnacle Rock State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Pinnacle Rock State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Pipestem Resort

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“Pipestem Resort State Park sits on the east rim of the Bluestone River Gorge, which carves through the plateau to the scenic Bluestone River 1,200 feet below. The 4,050-acre park is located on the border of Summers and Mercer counties and features two hotels, one of which lies at the bottom of the gorge and can only be accessed by an aerial tramway. In addition to canyon floor sites, Pipestem offers elevated views from the Bolar Lookout Tower overlook.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Pipestem Resort State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Pipestem Resort State Park” Brochure  pdf      <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Prickett’s Fort

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“Prickett’s Fort State Park, located five miles north of Fairmont in Marion County, features a reconstruction of the original Prickett’s Fort, which served as a place of refuge during colonial times. This historical park commemorates late 18th-century life on the Virginia frontier. This day-use park is open mid-April through the end of October. After Labor Day, several attractions are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visitors may enter the park free of charge, but some attractions, such as the fort, charge admission.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Prickett’s Fort State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Prickett’s Fort State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Stonewall Resort

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“Just minutes off I-79, Stonewall Resort State Park offers a secluded retreat tucked in to the hills alongside Stonewall Jackson Lake. With a lodge, cottages, campgrounds, three restaurants, and a wide variety of recreational offerings from boating to golf, the resort has amenities and accommodations to suit all ages.”

Explore “Stonewall Resort State Park” Website

Though owned by the State, Stonewall Resort State Park is managed by a private company.  It does not have a WV DNR Brochure.


 

     Tomlinson Run

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“Located near the foremost tip of the Northern Panhandle along the Ohio River, Tomlinson Run can claim the title of West Virginia’s “top park.” This park’s wide range of recreational opportunities attract local and out-of-state visitors and include camping, picnicking, boating, miniature golf, swimming, basketball and volleyball. The park’s 1,398 acres are roughly divided into two sections: a wilderness area with heavily forested hills, overhanging cliffs of sandstone and shale, and many wildflowers and fauna, and a developed area with traditional park offerings.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Tomlinson Run State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Tomlinson Run State Park” Brochure  pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Tu-Endie-Wei – Point Pleasant Battle Monument

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“Located on four acres in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is home to an 84-foot granite monument commemorating the frontiersmen who fought and died in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant. The monument was erected in 1909, and rests where the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers meet. The name Tu-Endie-Wei is a Wyandotte word meaning “point between two waters.” Tu-Endie-Wei is day park open year-round.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Tu-Endie-Wei – Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Tu-Endie-Wei – Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

 


 

     Twin Falls Resort

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“Set on a high, wooded ridge in the rugged mountains of Wyoming County in southern West Virginia, Twin Falls Resort State Park is the ideal site for nature lovers. With multiple lodging options, more than 25 miles of hiking trails, a championship golf course and its restored Pioneer Farm, Twin Falls offers an abundance of recreation and relaxation for guests of all ages.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Twin Falls Resort State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Twin Falls Resort State Park” Brochure  pdf  <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Tygart Lake

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“Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in scenic north central West Virginia, Tygart Lake provides guests with some of the most breathtaking views across the state. This park is a cozy, quiet destination for couples and families. It’s also a perfect destination for group conferences and retreats. Located just four miles south of Grafton, Tygart Lake State Park is known for its 10-mile long, 1,750-acre lake, which offers watersports like boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Tygart Lake State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Tygart Lake State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Valley Falls

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“Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, Valley Falls State Park is a place of scenic beauty and historical significance. A series of four picturesque falls created by the dark, rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River distinguish this 1,145-acre park. In addition to its scenic charm, Valley Falls State Park offers outdoor recreation and fun. The day use park gates open at 7 a.m. and close at dark.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Valley Falls State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Valley Falls State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Watoga

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“Located in the mountains of Pocahontas County, just 14 miles south of Marlinton, Watoga State Park is West Virginia’s largest state park. With 10,100 acres of land, Watoga is filled with many recreational activities. There’s hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and vacation cabins, open year-round. Watoga Lake is known for excellent fishing opportunities and is part of the Division of Natural Resources’ stocking program. A multipurpose building, museum and observation tower are a few of the unique attractions at Watoga State Park.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Watoga State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Watoga State Park” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Watters Smith Memorial

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“The heritage of early West Virginia and the pioneer spirit of Watters Smith are both preserved in the homestead restoration at this 532-acre historical park. This historical park, located in Harrison County, features log cabins, period-accurate buildings and a museum that depicts pioneer life from 1796 to the early 1900s. The grounds are open to picnicking and hiking, and the park also is a popular site for birdwatching.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Watters Smith Memorial State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Watters Smith Memorial State Park” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

 


 


 

WV STATE TRAILS

     “Rail Trails of West Virginia”

 

Explore WV Tourism’s “Rail Trails of WV” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


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     Greenbrier River Trail

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“The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile former railroad now used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It is the longest trail of its kind in West Virginia. The trail provides many breathtaking views as it passes through several small towns, crosses 35 bridges, goes through two tunnels and cuts through some of West Virginia’s most remote areas. The Greenbrier River Trail is one of 50 Millennium Legacy Trails in the United States, and was rated one of the top 10 hiking trails in the country by Backpacker Magazine. Part of the Greenbrier River Trail lies within a National Radio Quiet Zone so cell phones do not work.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Greenbrier River Trail” Website

View WV DNR’s “Greenbrier River Trail” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     North Bend Rail Trail

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“North Bend Rail Trail stretches 72 miles across north-central and western West Virginia. This wilderness path takes travelers across 36 bridges and through 10 tunnels and is part of the 5,500-mile American Discovery Trail, which spans the length of the United States. The trail has become one of the most renowned recreational trails through the Appalachians, and is known for its mountainous scenery and varied views of shaded tree canopies, rock cuts and farmland. Highlights include a 2,297-foot tunnel and the “haunted” Silver Run Tunnel.”

Explore WV DNR’s “North Bend Rail Trail” Website

View WV DNR’s “North Bend Rail Trail” Brochure  pdf      <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 


 

WV STATE FORESTS

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The WV Division of Forestry (a separate entity from the WV Division of Natural Resources) manages State Forests (except Kanawha.)

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Home Page” Website


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     Cabwaylingo

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“Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in southern West Virginia. The forest, located in Wayne County, gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties: (Cab)el, (Way)ne, (Lin)coln and Min(go). Cabwaylingo State Forest was one of the first parks established in West Virginia, and for years has been a vacation retreat for many.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cabwaylingo State Forest” Website 

View WV DNR’s “Cabwaylingo State Forest” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Cabwaylingo State Forest” Website


 

     Calvin Price

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Calvin Price State Forest  is managed and maintained by adjacent Watoga State Park and the WV Division of Forestry.  It does not have a separate brochure.

“Located in eastern Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, Calvin Price State Forest is covered in more than 9,000 acres of mixed hardwoods and pine. The forest is named in honor of the late Calvin W. Price, a Marlinton newspaper editor who advocated for the purchase and designation of this area as a state forest. Unlike most of the other state forests, Calvin Price is mostly undeveloped, and instead relies on nearby Watoga State Park, one of West Virginia’s largest parks. Of the forest’s 9,482 acres, only 93 are developed and maintained for primitive camping and picnicking.”

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Calvin Price State Forest” Website


 

     Camp Creek

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Camp Creek State Forest is managed and maintained by adjacent Camp Creek State Park and the WV Division of Forestry.  It does not have a separate brochure.

“Camp Creek State Park and Forest is known for beautiful waterfalls and great camping. With nearly 6,000 acres of lush forest, 35 miles of trails and seven miles of seasonally stocked trout streams, there is something for every hiker, biker, horseback rider and angler to explore and enjoy. Located in Mercer County, two miles off Interstate 77, Camp Creek is ideal for family vacations and stop-overs during a long drive through the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia.”

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Camp Creek State Forest” Website


 

     Coopers Rock

 

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“It’s all about the views at Coopers Rock State Forest. Located 13 miles from Morgantown, a few minutes off Interstate 68, the forest has many overlooks of the canyon section of the Cheat River that offer breathtaking views in any season. The forest is an ideal getaway, and has numerous historical sites, hiking trails and recreational opportunities amongst the forest’s enormous boulders and cliffs.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Coopers Rock State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Coopers Rock State Forest” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Coopers Rock Price State Forest” Website


 

     Greenbrier

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“Located in the southeastern corner of the state, near the border of Virginia, Greenbrier State Forest encompasses 5,100 acres of forested, mountainous terrain. After spending the day hiking, biking and exploring nature’s playground, guests may relax in one of the forest’s completely furnished cabins. Trips to Greenbrier State Forest provide much needed seclusion and relaxation, but day trips to nearby Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs are an option, should guests wish to shop and dine in these charming towns.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Greenbrier State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Greenbrier State Forest” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Greenbrier State Forest” Website


 

     Kanawha

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“Located seven miles south of Charleston, Kanawha State Forest is an outdoor lover’s haven. It is known for its extensive network of hiking and biking trails and has some of the state’s most popular picnic areas. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower, tree and bird populations. Amenities include picnic shelters, playgrounds and camping.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Kanawha State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Kanawha State Forest” Brochure  pdf      <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

 


 

     Kumbrabow

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“Located on top of Rich Mountain along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands, Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County is West Virginia’s highest forest. With 9,474 acres of forest at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet above sea level, Kumbrabow is used for recreation, watershed protection, commercial forestry and wildlife management.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Kumbrabow State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Kumbrabow State Forest” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Kumbrabow State Forest” Website


     Panther

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“Panther State Forest (and Wildlife Management Area), located on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky, is the state’s southernmost state forest. It occupies 7,810 rugged acres, and its heavily wooded surroundings offer a range of outdoor amenities like camping, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Panther State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Panther State Wildlife Management Area” Brochure  pdf      <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


     Seneca

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“Seneca State Forest is West Virginia’s oldest and second largest forest. Surrounded by nature in rugged Pocahontas County, Seneca offers peace and solitude for guests searching for a quiet getaway. Recreational opportunities abound in the forest’s 11,684 acres of lush woodlands. Hiking and biking the forest’s 23 miles of winding trails, and boating and swimming Seneca Lake and the Greenbrier River are all popular activities. Hunting and fishing by properly licensed individuals is permitted on forest grounds. Seneca is, perhaps, best known for its 65-foot tall fire tower, which provides incredible views of the forest and miles upon miles of surrounding woodlands.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Seneca State Forest” Website

View WV DNR’s “Seneca State Forest” Brochure  pdf    <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>

Explore WV Division of Forestry’s “Seneca State Forest” Website



 

WV STATE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS

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As of 2003, 1.4 million acres, representing eight percent of the state’s total land area, are managed by the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section for public wildlife-associated recreation.

There are more than 77 Wildlife Management Areas in WV.

Explore WV DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section’s “Wildlife Management Areas Home” Website

Explore WV DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section’s “Wildlife Management Areas Map” Website


       “DNR closing recreational attractions at four WV parks”

Jan 07, 2016 

“The Division of Natural Resources Director, Robert Fala, … sent WVVA this statement:

“The recent four-percent budget cuts affect all DNR Sections but in particular, the Parks and Recreation Section, which is most reliant upon state General Revenue. After careful deliberation with the Cabinet and DNR Executive Staff, I would like to describe how the current cuts will affect us. But first, we want you to know that top priority was given to retaining all of our valuable staff while maintaining a management presence at the affected facilities. Addressing various federal-aid related audit findings added to our decision making. That is, federal revenues dedicated to Parks and those to Fish and Wildlife Restoration must do just that. Also, some activities or aspects of facilities have costs far in excess of their revenue.

“With that in mind, it was decided, effective January 9, 2016, to return the Berwind, Bluestone, Laurel Lake and Plum Orchard Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s) to the Wildlife Resources Section, ending the Parks and Recreation Section role at these facilities. Moving forward, this will help the Parks and Recreation Section focus more on their core State Park facilities. In short, Fish and Wildlife oriented recreation such as hunting, fishing and birding will take precedence over Park oriented recreation such as swimming, picnicking and tennis at the subject facilities, which effectively will return them to their pre-1977 status as WMA’s.”


The website for the Bluestone WMA is still active as of March 2017, but will probably be deactivated in the future.  The brochures for Berwind Lake, Bluestone, and Laurel Lake have been archived by MH3WV, and will remain available for historical purposes.


     Berwind Lake

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View WV DNR’s “Berwind Lake State Wildlife Management Area” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Bluestone

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Explore WV DNR’s “Bluestone State Wildlife Management Area” Website

View WV DNR’s “Bluestone State Wildlife Management Area” Brochure  pdf      <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


 

     Laurel Lake

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View WV DNR’s “Laurel Lake State Wildlife Management Area” Brochure  pdf     <<see note in “eBrochures” section above>>


     Plum Orchard Lake

Neither a Website nor a Brochure are available for Plum Orchard Lake WMA.


 

   In late 2016, West Virginia State Parks adopted a new logo:


We like the old one better:

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