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.

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David Sibray inspects a thorny locust tree at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Prehistoric mastodon may have carried these thorny trees into W.Va.

CAIRO, W.Va. — With thorns the size of knives, this bizarre cousin of the black locust tree that's common throughout West Virginia might have...
Lake at Tomlinson Run State Park, Hancock County, Northern Panhandle Region

Tomlinson Run trout stream restored in northern W.Va.

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Nearly 8,000 feet of the most northern trout stream in West Virginia have been restored at Tomlinson Run State Park,...
Guests at West Virginia state parks enjoying farm-to-table dining.

Farm-to-Table dinners return to W.Va. State Parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Parks farm-to-table dinner series is back this year and is the best way to enjoy locally...
The Blackwater Falls descends out of the Canaan Valley

Blackwater Falls visitors can expect far more in Tucker County

DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls may be one of the best-known natural wonders in West Virginia, but the waterfall and surrounding park are best...
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...