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Mastodons may have carried thorny locust trees to W.Va.

Uncommon in West Virginia, thorny honey locust trees may have been brought to the state by mastodons.
The thorny cousin of the common black locust tree might have arrived in what's now West Virginia by mastodon, according to a naturalist who's...

Winter weekend at Chief Logan State Park to kick-start spring

A monarch butterfly feeds on flowers.
Has winter got you down? Perhaps a weekend of nature programming at Chief Logan State Park this weekend (January 17-19) will warm you up. A...

North Bend State Park hosts Winter Wonder Weekend Jan. 17-19

Snow blankets a country road through a woodland in West Virginia.
Plant the seeds of fun, conservation, and education during Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Jan. 17-19. Activities will include sled riding...

Six West Virginia parks to offer guided autumn hikes

The White Hollow Trail descends through Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia.
Autumn is an ideal season for woodland walks and, to celebrate, six West Virginia state parks and forests are offering guided hikes with park...

Guided tours lead hikers through elk management area

An elk bellows in a glade in the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area.
How fares the Mountain State's new herd of free-range elk? Hikers will have an opportunity to find out in September and October during a...

State Parks seeks public comment on new Beech Fork lodge

Campers lodge in idyllic coves at Beech Fork State Park.
A public comment meeting that concerns a proposed 75-room lodge and conference center to be developed near the Beech Fork Dam and Recreation Area...

W.Va. opens parks to travelers who seek shelter from Dorian

West Virginia is offering discounts on all lodge rooms, cabins, and campsites to those seeking shelter from Hurricane Dorian.
West Virginia has opened its state parks to travelers seeking shelter from Hurricane Dorian, offering a 50 percent discount on park cabins, campsites, and...

North Bend State Park hosts 52nd annual Nature Wonder Weekend

A park ranger demonstrates fire-pit cooking at North Bend State Park near Cairo, West Virginia
North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend—North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event—will celebrate its 52nd year Sept. 20-22. “Participants this year will learn...

New restaurant opens at Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton

The lodge restaurant at Tygart Lake State Park offers scenic views.
The lodge at Tygart Lake State Park is not only a place to stay overnight near Grafton, West Virginia. It’s now the name of...

Monarch butterflies need your help at Cacapon State Park

A monarch butterfly feeds in a West Virginia meadow. Photo courtesy Kyle Glenn.
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va.—Volunteers are being recruited to help monarch butterflies by participating in Cacapon Resort State Park's monarch research study Friday, July 26, beginning...

History Alive! programs come to state parks this summer

Blennerhassett Mansion, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Historical figures from Mark Twain to Sacagawea will visit West Virginia state parks on weekends this summer as part of the West Virginia Humanities...

Greenbrier Valley Brewing debuts 35-Parks WV Pale Ale

Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co. will launch its 35 Parks West Virginia Pale Ale at Pipestem Resort State Park.
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co.’s new "35 Parks WV Pale Ale" will be available at Pipestem Resort State Park beginning June 20 in celebration of...

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