Nature March 31, 2017
9 Under-Appreciated State Parks In West Virginia You’re Sure To Love
West Virginia has some famously beautiful state parks, like
Blackwater Falls State Park and Babcock State Park. But there are plenty of lesser-known state parks that are worth a visit, too. Check out this list for a few favorites and start planning your trips.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Cedar Creek State Park
Cedar Creek State Park is along Cedar Creek in Gilmer County, West Virginia, located about 4 miles south of Glenville. The park has a historic cabin and a one-room schoolhouse. Read more about the park and the charming little town of Glenville
2. Watters Smith Memorial State Park
This historical park and national historic district has a pioneer homestead and museum located in Harrison County. The park also features swimming, picnicking, hiking trails, and horseback riding.
3. Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park is state park in Raleigh County packed with things to do. Here you'll find a picnic area, playground, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, fishing in Little Beaver Lake, boat rentals at Little Beaver Lake, and a 46-site campground.
4. Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run State Park is hidden away in the very tip of the Northern Panhandle. It's the only state park in West Virginia to offer camping in a yurt. There are also cabins available. Read more about the park
5. Lost River State Park
Lost River State Park in Hardy County was named after the 1756 Battle of Lost River. History lovers will appreciate the park, and it also has a variety of sports opportunities, camping, and horseback riding.
6. Moncove Lake State Park
This park is alongside Moncove Lake Wildlife Management in Monroe County. The park offers great birdwatching and is right in the path of the fall hawk migration.
7. Fairfax Stone Historical Monument State Park
West Virginia's tiniest park is just 4 square acres. However, this little park has some big history. The Fairfax Stone is on the borders of Tucker County and Preston County, and also marks the once highly disputed border between West Virginia and Maryland.
8. Beartown State Park
Beartown State Park is located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, near Hillsboro, WV. This quiet park has nothing but miles of hiking trails, but the beautiful scenery alone makes it worth a visit. Read more about the park
9. Audra State ParK
This park in Barbour County sits along the Middle Fork River. It's a great destination in the summertime, with natural swimming pools and large, flat rocks that are perfect for sunbathing. There's also a boardwalk that leads to the scenic Alum Cave.
For more under-appreciated spots in West Virginia, check out these
ten under-the-radar restaurants that you’ll want to visit.