State Parks in West Virginia

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 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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Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks have received special training in law enforcement.

W.Va. state park superintendents complete special police training

TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks completed training in February to become certified special natural resources police...
Visitors stroll the boardwalks at Beartown State Park in southeastern West Virginia.

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...
Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.

W.Va. state parks extend deadline on holiday gift cards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia state parks are extending a promotion that rewards shoppers for purchasing state park gift cards until 11:59 p.m. eastern...
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,...