11 State Parks In West Virginia That Are Especially Kid-Friendly

West Virginia has one of the best state park systems in the nation, and entrance to these parks is always free. They are designed with all ages in mind, and many offer kid-friendly options like playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming, educational signage about local history and nature, fishing, and beginner hikes the whole family can enjoy together. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure for the kids in your life this summer (or know someone who is), here are 11 great options.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

We know there are way more great, family-friendly state parks in West Virginia than just these 11, and we’ve featured many more of them in our archives. But if we did we miss your family’s favorite state park, let us know in the comments, or use our Nominate feature to suggest spots around the state that you think we should feature!

Address: Aurora, WV 26705, USA
Address: 486 Babcock Rd, Clifftop, WV 25831, USA
Address: 88 State Park Rd, Fairmont, WV 26554, USA
Address: 1584 Blackwater Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260, USA
Address: 683 Droop Park Road, Hillsboro, WV 24946, USA
Address: Beartown Rd, Renick, WV 24966, USA
Address: Audra, Buckhannon, WV 26201, USA
Address: Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV 25979, USA
Address: WV-8, New Cumberland, WV 26047, USA
Address: 4800 Watoga Park Rd, Marlinton, WV 24954, USA
Address: 1194 Carnifex Ferry Crossing, Summersville, WV 26651, USA