5 state parks where you can enjoy a long Labor Day weekend road trip

There’s something magical about taking a road trip to your favorite West Virginia state park. Car packed up, family along for the ride, driving down winding country roads with your windows rolled down and music playing as the sun sets in the rearview mirror. With Labor Day right around the corner, we can’t think of a better way to end the summer season.

Here are five West Virginia state parks that are perfect for a long Labor Day weekend road trip.

Chief Logan State Park

In the heart of Southern West Virginia and in close proximity to several trailheads of the Hatfield McCoy Trails system, Chief Logan State Park is a favorite among off-road riders near and far. The park’s lodge features a full-service restaurant, indoor swimming pool, spa tub and fitness center. You can also drive from the park to Cabwaylingo State Forest, which features nearly 100 miles of trails for ATV, UTV, 4×4 and dirt bike riders. You’ll also find parking for trucks and trailers as well as a trailhead facility with trail permits for sale.

Planning a long weekend? Book your lodging in advance and check out our suggested itinerary below.

Day 1
Load up the ATVs and head over to Cabwaylingo State Forest and spend the day riding the Cabwaylingo Trail. Finish your day with a hot meal and a relaxing soak in the spa tub at Chief Logan Lodge. 

Day 2
Fish in the morning.
Plan a picnic lunch.
Pay a visit to the Museum in the Park, which features artwork and historical items from the collection of the West Virginia State Museum.

Day 3
Hike in the morning
Take in some afternoon sun and enjoy the last outdoor swim of the season at Chief Logan’s outdoor pool.

Twin Falls Resort State Park


Get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing getaway at Twin Falls Resort State Park. At Twin Falls, enjoy more than 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, an 18-hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and cozy accommodations. The park features a fully-functional Pioneer Farm, which offers park visitors a glimpse of what life was like on the frontier. 

With cozy cabins, campsites and lodge rooms, Twin Falls has plenty of options for a Labor Day weekend trip with your family. Planning a long weekend? Here’s our suggested itinerary.

Day 1
Enjoy a morning bike ride.
Cool off with an afternoon swim.

Day 2
Golf in the morning.
Enjoy a picnic.
Take a hike and be sure to include Falls Trail. This 1.25-mile moderate hike features Marsh Fork Falls and Black Fork Falls—two waterfalls on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail.

Day 3
Eat breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant.
Spend the day at the New River Gorge National Park.

 

Pipestem Resort State Park


If you’re looking for outdoor activities, stunning mountain views and opportunities to make cherished memories with your family, you can’t ask for a better place than Pipestem Resort State Park. And with a ZiplineAdventure Lake and Adventure Zone, it comes as no surprise that this park continues to be one of West Virginia’s most popular family vacation destinations.

With cozy cabinscampsites and lodge rooms, Pipestem Resort is a perfect place for a Labor Day weekend trip with your family. Planning a long weekend? Here’s our suggested itinerary.

Day 1
Have fun playing on the slides and inflatables in the Adventure Lake.
Enjoy an ice cream at Tramway Sweets and Treats or a treat at the Black Bear
Play a round of golf.
Eat dinner at Black Bear Grill and Lounge

Day 2
Eat breakfast at the Bluestone Dining Room.
Fish or bike in the morning.
Ride the Pipestem Peaks Zipline.
Enjoy a picnic.
Eat dinner at Black Bear Grill and Lounge

Day 3
Eat breakfast at the Bluestone Dining Room.
Buy an Adventure Zone pass.
Drive to Camp Creek State Park and Forest and hike to Campbell Falls, then visit Brush Creek Falls nearby—both listed on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. 

Cacapon Resort State Park

If ending your summer with a “resort” trip sounds like fun, then you need to visit Cacapon Resort State Park. Cacapon offers an 18-hole championship golf course, horseback riding, a seasonal beach with lake swimming, tennis and game courts, boating, sporting clays, a nature center, lit walking trail, fishing & hiking and more.

With cozy cabinsTentrr campsites and a newly renovated lodge, Cacapon is a perfect place for a Labor Day weekend trip with your family. Planning a long weekend? Here’s our suggested itinerary.

Day 1
Play a round of golf.
Book a guided horseback ride.
Eat dinner at the Lodge Restaurant

Day 2
Fish in the morning
Hike in the afternoon
Cool off with a swim at the Lodge.

Day 3
Eat breakfast at the Lodge.
Plan a trip to nearby Berkeley Springs, which features charming art galleries, shops and restaurants. Take home some fresh spring water from Berkeley Springs State Park, known as America’s First Spa.

North Bend State Park

Set among the Mid-Ohio Valley’s rolling hills, North Bend State Park offers a multitude of recreational activities from boating and fishing to hiking and biking. The park connects to the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, a favorite for family bicycle trips. The park’s newly renovated lodge features a full-service restaurant.

Day 1
Go for a morning hike.
Visit nearby Harrisville
Enjoy dinner at the Lodge.

Day 2
Spend the morning fishing or kayaking.
Plan a picnic lunch.
Take a leisurely bike ride on the North Bend Rail Trail.

Day 3
Drive to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, ride the sternwheeler to the island and take a tour of the elegant mansion, a horse drawn wagon ride, rent a bicycle, or enjoy walking around the grounds.

Plan Ahead

Don’t forget to download your West Virginia Waterfall Trail mobile passport! On your travels throughout Almost Heaven, check in at waterfalls and earn prizes!

Time’s a wasting … Book your West Virginia State Park getaway today and experience the Labor Day Weekend of a lifetime!

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