When you need a back to school trip. 5 parks to visit before summer ends.

Seasons change, but memories last forever.

Just like that, it’s back to school season. As you head into the final weeks of summer break before sending your kids back to school, do you find yourself feeling like you missed out on all the summer fun? Or maybe you just want to feel like a kid again and go on one last adventure. If you’re looking for a place to getaway with your family, plan a back to school trip to one of West Virginia’s state parks.

The quiet forest setting of our parks give you a distraction free place where you can enjoy one last memorable outing with the people you love most. Worried there’s not enough time for trip before school starts? Don’t worry! Here’s five parks perfect for a back to school trip with your family.

Twin Falls Resort State Park

Take a drive down the beaten path and get lost in nature at Twin Falls Resort State Park. Here, you can enjoy popular outdoor activities like hiking and biking, but no trip to Twin Falls is complete without visiting the park’s authentic Pioneer Farm. Teach your kids about life on West Virginia’s frontier as they experience the sights and sounds of a real farm with live animals.

You’ll want to eat a delicious meal on your trip. Enjoy a traditional family style farm to table dinner at the Pioneer Farm on Aug. 16.

Blackwater Falls State Park

You can’t go wrong at Blackwater Falls State Park. Known for its cascading waterfalls, awesome hiking trails and stunning views of the Blackwater Canyon, this park is a place where you can connect with nature and bond with your kids without the distractions of city life. Blackwater Falls also is a great spot for stargazing and catching a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower in August each year.

See the Perseids meteor shower in all its glory over a weekend or stop by for a watch party. Don’t miss out. Book your room today.

North Bend State Park

Enjoying nature has never been more accessible than it is today, and programs like Quest at North Bend State Park make learning outdoors skills easy and fun. Learn how to rock climb, kayak or go backcountry camping with the help of an experienced instructor. And don’t worry if you don’t have all the equipment. North Bend has everything you need, so all you have to do is plan your trip.

Why North Bend is a great place for a family vacation.

Tygart Lake State Park

Beach trips are so last summer. This season, lakefront getaways are what’s in. West Virginia has several lakefront escapes where you and your family can enjoy a relaxing getaway, like Bluestone State Park. All good options, but end summer on a high note and experiencing a little bit of Almost Heaven by experiencing the best of West Virginia’s mountains and lakes at Tygart Lake State Park.

Tygart Lake is only the beginning of what makes this park such a great beach trip alternative.

Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem Resort State Park might be the only place in the world where you can enjoy watersports, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, ziplining and other outdoor adventures in a single trip without traveling all over creation to get to them all. The park just opened several new attractions that make Pipestem West Virginia’s premier family adventure resort, so now is a great time to experience them all out before summer ends.

Feeling adventurous? Soar through the mountains on the new Pipestem Peaks Zipline tour. Click here for package rates and deals.

Bonus back to school trip idea!

Want to end summer with a trip your family will never forget? Plan a weeklong trip, and hop from park to park crossing off as many items on summer bucket list of affordable and exciting events and outdoor activities. Challenge yourself and do all 10 before school starts!

The last few weeks before school starts are busy at state parks, so plan your trip today and reserve your cabin, lodge room or campsite before they’re gone! And to sweeten the deal we’re giving you $50 OFF when you book three nights between now and August 31,2019. Use offer code VACATION at checkout. *some exclusions apply

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