Cool off at these West Virginia state parks

Summer temps are sweltering, but don’t let that stop you from getting outside and having fun. Cool off with exciting water activities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests. And if you’d rather float in the water and relax, we’ve got you covered on that, too!

Adventure Lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake

The first of its kind in the state park system, the Adventure Lake and Splash Park at Pipestem Resort State Park features a wide sandy beach for sunbathing and a water playground where adults and kids alike can climb giant inflatable mountains, slides, trampolines and jump into the lake. The Splash Park and Kids’ Zone features 18 splash features just for the littlest ones. Spray your friends, slide and run around through spraying flowers … but beware of the dumping buckets! 

And if you’re looking to make a BIG splash, the park also offers guided whitewater rafting trips on the New and Bluestone rivers.

Pipestem’s water park was such a hit that we added another one to the state park system this year. The Adventure Lake at Tygart Lake State Park features 25 giant inflatables and a sandy beach area with lounge chairs where you can catch some rays while you’re drying off.

Swimming Pools at Stonewall Resort and Berkeley Springs

Lounge in luxury at at Stonewall Resort State Park. The park’s unique indoor/outdoor pool offers shade when the sun’s rays get too hot. Then there’s the view—the pool looks out on Stonewall’s picturesque 2,650-acre lake. And the food—the park features three restaurants with a wide variety of gourmet to casual selections. You’ll never want to leave!

Native Americans were the first to seek out the healing mineral waters of what is now Berkeley Springs State Park. Today the springs serve as a rejuvenating and refreshing spot for all ages. The park has several stone-enclosed wading pools as well as a spring-fed swimming pool. Lodging is available nearby at Cacapon Resort State Park.

Swimming Hole at Audra

Escape the heat with a dip in a cool mountain stream at Audra State Park. A family favorite camping destination, Audra features an old-fashioned swimming hole in the Middle Fork River. Soak up the sun while you float on an innertube in the rippling, clear waters. The river has a concrete bank for easy access to the water and a shallow area where the wee ones can splash around.

Visit a West Virginia state park or forest today and find out why summer is cool in Almost Heaven! 

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