Discover the wonders of West Virginia’s most majestic parks and forests

When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, West Virginia state parks have it all. There’s plenty of recreational activities and comfy amenities and some of the world’s most awe-inspiring views. Each state park and forest is majestic in its own way, but here are few Almost Heaven sights to check out this summer.

Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park is a natural sanctuary for West Virginia’s only remaining stand of virgin hemlock. This park’s canopy of towering hemlocks and hardwoods forms a cathedral-like ceiling. Stand in their midst for even a minute and breathe in fresh air and you’ll find yourself connecting to nature in whole new ways. The oldest hemlock in the park, which is estimated to be about 500 years old, is 123 feet tall and 20 feet around at the base. Your eyes will be drawn skyward during your visit, but don’t forget to look down and around. Cathedral is home to 170 species of trees, ferns and wildflowers.

Kumbrabow State Forest

Part of the appeal of Kumbrabow State Forest is its rustic vibe. The historic cabins, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, don’t have electricity or running water, but you won’t miss them. The picturesque setting and tranquil rippling of Mill Creek provides all the peace and comfort you need. Set on top of Rich Mountain, at 3,000 feet above sea level, Kumbrabow is West Virginia’s highest state forest. Its remote location makes it easy for you to forget your troubles and enjoy a leisurely day or two hiking in the woods or fishing for brook trout. Don’t forget your fishing license!

Audra State Park

Audra State Park has long been a favorite camping spot for many folks and it’s easy to see why. The clear, clean water of the Middle Fork River and the rock overhang of the Alum Cave offer picture-perfect backdrops for all kinds of outdoor adventure and relaxation. The park even has an old-fashioned swimming hole right on the river where you can cool off after a day of exploring. Escape the hectic pace of daily life and spend a few days communing with nature in this gem of the woods.

Beartown State Park

One of the state’s most majestic discoveries lies on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, where towering rock formations create a maze for visitors to walk through. The aerial view is reminiscent of the streets of a small town, which is how Beartown State Park got its name. A half-mile boardwalk features informational markers detailing the geological processes that led to the creation of this ancient natural wonder area. 

Blackwater Falls State Park

There’s no doubt Blackwater Falls State Park can claim the title of most majestic waterfall in the state. That’s why the roaring 62-foot falls is on many travel bucket lists. If it’s not on your’s, it should be! While Blackwater Falls is a sight to behold, don’t miss this park’s other amazing views. There’s the smaller but equally beautiful Elakala Falls and the stunning Lindy Point overlook of the Blackwater River Canyon. Shaded trails winding through hemlock and spruce trees provide a cool respite from summer’s heat. 

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