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

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

Summersville Lake to become newest state park in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the north shore of Summersville Lake, West Virginia will soon open its 36th state park. Summersville Lake State Park will...

New state park will attract business to lower Elk River

Elk River at Queens Shoals, WV, Clay County, Heartland Region
A new state park is among the many things people in West Virginia can look forward to once the quarantine is lifted. And while...

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...

Elk management tours return to Chief Logan State Park in West...

LOGAN, W.Va. — Tickets for guided tours of southern West Virginia's elk management area are available and expected to sell out quickly, according to...

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...

Chief Logan State Park dedicates its first cabins July 16

New cabin at Chief Logan State Park
The West Virginia State Parks system on July 16 will dedicate three new cabins at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County during a...

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...

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...

W.Va. to invest $10 million at Coopers Rock State Forest

Overlook at Coopers Rock State Forest
BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced several new construction projects at one of the state’s most visited forests—Coopers Rock...

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

Guests at West Virginia state parks enjoying farm-to-table dining.
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...

Tomlinson Run trout stream restored in northern W.Va.

Lake at Tomlinson Run State Park, Hancock County, Northern Panhandle Region
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,...

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