State Parks in West Virginia

Gristmill at Babcock State Park, Clifftop, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Gristmill at Babcock State Park

West Virginia state parks include some of the best-known state parks in the U.S. More than 30 state parks and park areas here vary in size and kind. Some protect small historic landmarks and monuments. Others, many of which were first state forests in West Virginia, preserve large land areas for outdoor recreation. Many provide cabins and camping for overnight guests, and some include park lodges. Several include golf courses. Two parks boast aerial tramways.

Help build our state parks content.

Are you interested in writing about a state park in West Virginia? We’re continually looking for skilled writers who have an interest in interpreting resources through West Virginia. Please let us know.

State Parks

Giant inflatable toys await swimmers at the beach at Tygart Lake State Park. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake to open May 20

Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks are set to open on May 20, and officials are encouraging travelers to book...
Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.

Bill to privatize W.Va. state parks could be irreversible

Could West Virginia residents lose control of their state parks? Some state officials are warning voters about what could be a threat to the...
The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.

Retired administrator warns against state parks privatization

The West Virginia Legislature this week is considering the privatization of the state's park system. Mark Wylie, retired parks district administrator and long-time superintendent...
According to the Walking Miracles Family Foundation, families of pediatric cancer patients spend nearly 40 percent of their income on travel expenses.

Parks provide discount for families with young cancer patients

West Virginia State Parks announced a partnership with the Walking Miracles Family Foundation that provides lodging discounts to families in need of travel assistance...
Battle Reenactment at Canaan Valley Resort

Canaan Valley hosts reenactments, outdoor adventure June 18-20

In the highest mountain valley in the eastern U.S., the Canaan Valley, Canaan Valley Resort will celebrate the history of the Mountain State and...