Park Focus: Holly River

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Holly River State Park, near the center of the state in northern Webster County, is West Virginia's second largest state park, with 8,101 acres. Natural stone and log cabins blend into the park's dense forests at Hacker Valley, which is surrounded by mountains reaching as high as 2,800 feet. The park also offers camping, a popular choice among those who visit the area to view a variety of wildflowers, ferns, and boulder-strewn streams which feed Left Fork and Laurel Fork, tributaries of Holly River.

Visitors will also find picnic shelters, recreational courts, a trout pond, museum, one-room schoolhouse, pavilions, a swimming pool, hiking trails, a seasonal nature program and a restaurant known for serving homemade comfort foods.

Park Focus author Audrey Stanton-Smith is a West Virginia writer and journalist.