9 Lesser-Known State Parks In West Virginia That Will Absolutely Amaze You
Around every turn in the Mountain State is another natural wonder at which to marvel. If you’re from here, then you know how easy it is to live here all your life and still be madly in love with all of the outdoor recreation found in West Virginia. However, perhaps sometimes the more well-known places get all of the glory. State parks are a great example… here are nine West Virginia state parks that you really must plan to visit soon!
So tell us: what are your favorite West Virginia state parks to visit, and why? Did your favorite park make the list? Did you discover any new-to-you state parks to visit in West Virginia? Tell us in the comments below!
And if you are looking for more ways to get outside and enjoy the Mountain State, you should definitely check out this article: Here Are The 12 Most Incredible Natural Wonders In West Virginia.
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State parks to visit in West Virginia
What are some must-visit state parks to visit in West Virginia?
Because we couldn't just name one or two, here are 20 amazing state parks that we think everyone must visit. (But honestly, we should probably just round up this list to include *all* 35 state parks in West Virginia, because we adore them all!) Some of our favorite West Virginia state park stomping grounds include: Audra State Park, Babcock State Park, Beech Fork State Park, Bluestone State Park, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Chief Logan State Park, and Hawk's Nest State Park. What's your favorite WV state park to explore?
Are there any national parks to visit in West Virginia?
The Mountain State is home to six national parks, with New River Gorge joining the ranks as West Virginia's newest national park in December of 2020. It's tremendously beautiful and expansive; the National Park portion includes approximately 7,021 acres encompassing the Lower Gorge, Thurmond, Grandview, and Sandstone Falls. The Preserve spans 65,165 additional acres of the rugged canyon, allowing for backcountry hunting. Read more about this amazing national park here.
What's the best state park in West Virginia?
So while we adore each and every one of the Mountain State's 35 state parks, there is one that's truly extraordinary, and one of our favorite places to visit! We're talking, of course, about Blackwater Falls State Park. Please excuse us while we wax poetic on this most perfect West Virginia state park: high in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, the 2,300-acre Blackwater Falls State Park positively shines, and it's not just us who think so. Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most photographed places in the state - and for good reason. The Blackwater River has carved some amazing features out of the rock, starting with the 57-foot Blackwater Falls at the head of the gorge. Framed by spruce and hemlock forest, this waterfall, one of the state’s highest, offers a unique magnificence every changing season. Waterfall chasers, photographers, nature lovers, adventurers, and those with an insatiable wanderlust all adore this park, and for that, we crown it the very best state park in West Virginia!