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West Virginia governor unveils new Elk River state park

Chelsea Ruby unveils new state park
Stressing his commitment to a diversified state economy, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Wednesday announced the inclusion of a new state park—a trail...

Extraordinary Beartown State Park a classroom for West Virginia geology

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

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...

Zipline tours of the Bluestone Gorge open at Pipestem

A series of ziplines now leads adventurers on a remarkable canopy tour through the Bluestone River Gorge.
Pipestem Resort State Park unveiled the state’s newest aerial adventure—a series of zip-lines that lets riders soar for more than a mile above the...

Visitors to W.Va. forest and six parks to be charged entrance...

Gristmill at Babcock State Park, Clifftop, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Visitors to six West Virginia state parks and a state forest will be charged entrance fees this year, according to Stephen McDaniel, director of the...

Bill to privatize W.Va. state parks could be irreversible

Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
Could West Virginia residents lose control of their state parks? Some state officials are warning voters about what could be a threat to the...

Five W.Va. state parks great for beating summer heat

Blennerhassett Mansion, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg, WV, Wood County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
I can't think of a West Virginia state park that wouldn't be ideal for a summer getaway. Many boast swimming pools and streams that...

Retired administrator warns against state parks privatization

The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.
The West Virginia Legislature this week is considering the privatization of the state's park system. Mark Wylie, retired parks district administrator and long-time superintendent...

Resident visitation record set in West Virginia state parks

Cabins in state-managed parks in West Virginia are welcoming record in-state visitors. (Photo: W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
State-managed parks and forests in West Virginia have welcomed a record-breaking number of in-state guests so far this year, thanks to a promotional discount...

Camp Creek State Forest opens remote guest cabin

Mountaintop cabin at Camp Creek State Forest
A remarkable remote cabin that requires a 3.3-mile hike to access has been opened at Camp Creek State Forest, providing guests the opportunity for...

Blackwater Falls visitors can expect far more in Tucker County

The Blackwater Falls descends out of the Canaan Valley
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...

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

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

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