5 State Parks to Visit When You Have Cabin Fever
If you’ve been cooped up all winter, kick your cabin fever with a getaway at these West Virginia state parks.
The long winter months have us yearning for springtime, but chilly weather will be sticking around for a few more weeks. Instead of waiting to get out and enjoy the outdoors until warmer temperatures arrive, kick your cabin fever with a trip to some of the most beautiful locations in the Mountain State. Here’s five state parks you have to visit now that the snow is melting.
Located in a narrow valley in the Mountain Lakes region, Holly River State Park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains, some reaching more than 2,800 feet in height. The dense forests of Holly River provides you with a natural setting where you can find peaceful solitude nestled under a canopy of trees. During your stay, enjoy a hike or two and and the serene ambiance of bubbling waterfalls and bird song. Settle into one of the park’s 10 cabins and breathe in the crisp night air from the open windows. Holly River’s cabins are constructed of natural stone and logs and feature warm fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances and linens.
Retreat to the pastoral setting of North Bend State Park and get the fresh air and relaxation you’ve been craving. And make sure you break out of that winter funk by hiking through the park’s 14 trails. Or take a stroll on the North Bend Rail Trail, which is accessible from the park. Want a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family can enjoy? Check out the park’s Quest program, which lets you customize an outdoor adventure. Enjoy a worry-free stay at one of the parks nine cabins and focus on what really matters — you, your friends and family and the great outdoors. Constructed of solid cedar, the cabins have fireplaces and all the amenities you need for a comfortable getaway.
Located in the wooded mountains of Hardy County in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Lost River State Park is a secluded slice of Almost Heaven, West Virginia where nature lovers can get away from it all. Lost River’s cabins are nicely furnished and come with wood-burning fireplaces and plenty of room for the whole family. When you’re not in your cozy cabin, spend the day hiking the park’s 13 miles of trails. If you’re after inspiring views, follow the trail out to Cranny Crow overlook on top of Big Ridge Mountain, where you can see five counties from 3,200 feet.
To ease your cabin fever, visit Watoga State Park. Located in the mountains of Pocahontas County, just 14 miles south of Marlinton, Watoga is West Virginia’s largest state park and filled with many recreational activities, including 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. If you’re looking to extend your time on the trail, venture out a little further and enjoy some time on the Greenbrier River Trail. When you need to crash for the evening, the park has 34 cabins where you can relax and unwind.
Kick that cabin fever with style at Beech Fork State Park. Enjoy happy memories with friends and family under the lights of a starry sky or hike in the hills, watch birds, fish or take a boat out on Beech Fork Lake. Located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville, Beech Fork State Park is the perfect getaway for visitors from neighboring states and cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky. If you want to experience the great outdoors, Beech Fork offers six luxurious vacation cabins atop a ridge line near Beech Fork Lake. Open year-round, the cabins are distinguished by their open trussed ceilings and large decks. The cabins are fully furnished and feature modern amenities with wireless Internet.
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