5 Reasons Why WV State Parks Are Perfect for Christmas Getaways

Make yourself at home for the holiday in one of West Virginia’s beautiful state parks.

Many West Virginia State Parks offer a variety of activities and events during the holiday season. Gather up the family and enjoy a picture-perfect Christmas in a mountain winter wonderland. Here are five reasons why you should spend Christmas at a West Virginia State Park. Feel right at home this holiday season within the enchanting embrace of West Virginia’s picturesque state parks. The holiday spirit comes alive in many of West Virginia’s State Parks, offering an array of activities and events that promise to create an idyllic Christmas experience amidst the rugged beauty of the mountains. Here are five compelling reasons why West Virginia State Parks make for the perfect Christmas destination:

Elevate Your Holiday Spirit with Winter Wonders

During the winter season, West Virginia transforms into a snowy paradise, beckoning all who seek a wintery thrill. Canaan Valley Resort State Park is your gateway to a world of snow sports and exhilarating adventures. Whether you prefer cross-country or downhill skiing, snow tubing, or ice skating, you’ll find it here. The slopes, framed by the lodge’s scenic backdrop, offer an extraordinary winter experience. Once your day of adventures is complete, you can cozy up by the lodge’s roaring fireplace. Just a stone’s throw away, Blackwater Falls State Park boasts the East Coast’s longest sled run, promising endless excitement for the entire family.

Santa and His Merry Elves are Coming to Town

Don’t let your little ones miss the chance to meet the man in red himself. Santa, accompanied by his cheerful state park helpers, is making special appearances at various West Virginia state parks this year. Santa is stopping at Twin Falls Resort State Park on Saturday, December 9, 2023 around 7:00 pm. Santa is hoping to visit with boys and girls in the Azalea Room. There will be cocoa and cookies to enjoy. He really likes to pose for photographs with children and better yet families. Bring your camera and holiday spirit. This event is open to the public, anyone is welcome.

Skip the Stress of Holiday Cooking

Preparing a holiday feast for the entire family can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can leave the cooking to the experts at Pipestem Resort State Park. Christmas Day at Pipestem Resort State Park features a buffet-style meal in the Bluestone Dining Room on Monday, December 25, 2023 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. This holiday should have wintry weather that creates breathtaking views of the Bluestone gorge area and mountainous terrain. Leave the meal preparation to Pipestem and use your time to enjoy a special holiday meal with family and friends.

State Park Cabins: The Ideal Setting for Family Gatherings

For a holiday straight out of a picturesque greeting card, consider celebrating Christmas in one of West Virginia’s state park cabins. Gather with your loved ones around a stone fireplace, exchange gifts beside a crackling fire, and create cherished memories. At North Bend State Park, revel in the warmth of your winter haven while taking in breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains. Meanwhile, Pipestem Resort State Park offers a wealth of winter activities, with the Bluestone River Gorge providing a stunning backdrop. Blackwater Falls State Park beckons with miles of snow-covered trails, inviting you to explore. After embracing the great outdoors, retreat indoors to warm up next to the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and delightful Christmas treats.

Make memories that will last a lifetime

With an abundance of festive activities and the serene winter landscapes, your family is bound to create memories that will endure a lifetime. West Virginia State Parks offer a home away from home for the holidays, promising an unforgettable experience in the Mountain State..

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