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Bluestone State Park reopened following high water on lake

Bluestone Lake on New River extends into the mountains near the Virginia border.
UPDATE (May 31, 2017): Bluestone State Park has reopened following its closure over Memorial Day weekend. Due to high water from flooding on Bluestone...

Stonewall Resort in W.Va. launches phased reopening

Visitors boat and board on the waterfront at Stonewall Resort at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park.
Stonewall Resort in north-central West Virginia has begun reopening resort and state park amenities following recent rules and guidelines established by Governor Jim Justice. The...

Blennerhassett Island to debut classical garden party June 23

Re-enactors stroll the grounds of the Blennerhassett Mansion on Blennerhassett Island.
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will debut an early 19th century-style garden party June 23 at the park’s recently restored Blennerhassett Pleasure Garden. The party...

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...

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...

Construction at Tygart Valley Lake to extend boating season

Boats dock at Tygart Valley Lake State Park, West Virginia
A major upgrade to the boating facilities at Tygart Lake State Park will begin this fall, according to park superintendent Jim Browning. Construction is tentatively...

West Virginia State Parks enters agreement with Buckskin scouts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia and the Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America have signed a memorandum that will allow scouts to...

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...

New restaurant opening at Hawks Nest State Park

Overlook of New River at Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Featuring stunning views of the New River Gorge, The Vista Restaurant at Hawks Nest State Park has opened under park management, the W.Va. Division...

Canaan Valley park hosts W.Va. Day fest June 21-23

Reenactors fire during a demonstration at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
A wide range of Civil War-themed events and craft displays has been scheduled at Canaan Valley Resort to honor the anniversary of West Virginia’s...

Canaan Valley Resort presents full weekend of Memorial Day events

Lodge at Canaan Valley Resort
Summer officially starts June 21, but Canaan Valley Resort marks the season Memorial Day with an eventful long weekend that includes hikes, wagon rides,...

Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake to open May 20

Giant inflatable toys await swimmers at the beach at Tygart Lake State Park. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
Adventure lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks are set to open on May 20, and officials are encouraging travelers to book...

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