West Virginia's Best State Parks
Pipestem Resort State
Located in southern West Virginia, Pipestem is one of the most popular parks in the state park system. Its vast array of recreational facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole par three, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, lighted tennis and basketball courts, miniature golf, nature center and stables. Overnight guests may choose from 113 room McKeever Lodge on the canyon rim or the 30 room Mountain Creek Lodge located in the Bluestone Gorge and accessible only by tramway. Other accommodations include 25 cottages and 50 deluxe and 35 standard campsites.
Watoga State Park
Watoga is the states largest state park and represents parks that were built in West Virginia by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The parks boundary is formed by the nearby Greenbrier River which gives the park its name watauga, the river of islands. Accommodations include two campgrounds, 34 guest cabins in two styles, standard log and year-round modern. The rustic administration building was constructed by the CCC. The park offers miles of hiking trails, an 11-acre lake, seasonal nature/recreation program, swimming, fishing, tennis and picnicking.
Blackwater Falls State
The falls of Blackwater plunge from a height of five stories and is a spectacular site for visitors to Blackwater Falls State Park. The park is dominated by deep, rocky gorges and overlooks with spectacular views. Guests may choose overnight accommodations from a 55-room lodge perched on the canyon rim, 26 modern cabins, and a 65-site tent and trailer campground. Extensive cross country ski trails provide an added dimension to a winter visit. Spring wildflowers, lush forests, winter snows and a four season nature/recreation program makes Blackwater Falls a year-round tourist destination.
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