State Parks in West Virginia

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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 historical landmarks and monuments. Others, many of which were the first 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.

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State Parks

Visitors stroll the boardwalks at Beartown State Park in southeastern West Virginia.

Extraordinary Beartown State Park a classroom for West Virginia geology

DROOP, W.Va. — Among the smallest state parks in West Virginia, 110-acre Beartown State Park is nevertheless among its most fascinating. For decades, it's...
Hikers walk a snowy trail

Nine W.Va. state parks and natural areas host guided hikes Jan. 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Guided hikes in nine state parks and natural areas in West Virginia are being hosted on January 1, 2024, as part...
Sled run in West Virginia

Old-fashioned sled park in West Virginia longest on East Coast

DAVIS, W.Va. — Nothing beats an old-fashioned ride on a sled, and one of the nation's longest sled runs, at Blackwater Falls State Park...
Elk in West Virginia

Elk management tours return to Chief Logan State Park in West Virginia

LOGAN, W.Va. — Tickets for guided tours of southern West Virginia's elk management area are available and expected to sell out quickly, according to...
Vagabond Chef Matt Welsch

State park restaurants to feature enhanced West Virginia cuisine

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Restaurants at state parks across West Virginia will begin sourcing local ingredients and refreshing their menus with native flair, thanks...