Earth Day is a great way to get in touch with nature at these 7 state parks
Explore towering rocks, underground rivers and rare ecosystems
With their awe-inspiring natural beauty, West Virginia’s state parks and forests are the very definition of Almost Heaven. In honor of Earth Day, let’s explore some of the amazing natural wonders at these 7 state parks.
Trees, plants and flowers
Stroll through an ancient forest that houses an impressive stand of virgin hemlock. Designated a National Natural Landmark, Cathedral State Park provides sanctuary to towering old-growth trees measuring up to 16 feet in circumference. Six miles of trails offer opportunities to view some 170 species of trees, ferns
Canaan Valley Resort State Park is set in a unique ecosystem rarely seen south of Canada. Set on a high plateau in the Allegheny Mountains, the tundra-like wetlands and red spruce boreal forest of Canaan Valley — a designated National Natural Landmark — provide habitat for mammals including beaver, mink, black bear and more than 170 species of birds. Explore these lands on 18 miles of hiking trails at Canaan Valley Resort, where overnight accommodations include a full-service lodge, cabins
Visitors to Lost River State Park may notice a whiff of sulfur in the air near the restored cabin that belonged to Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Revolutionary War hero and father of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. In the late
Long before the United States existed, Native Americans traveled to the area now known as Berkeley Springs to partake of the warm waters flowing from the mountain, said to have healing powers. During colonial times, Berkeley Springs was established as a spa, with a young George Washington among its earliest guests. Today visitors to Berkeley Springs State Park can enjoy a range of spa services, including its famous Roman bath. The park also has a spring-fed swimming pool, open during the summer. Bring your own jugs and fill up with delicious spring water from the spigot for free. You’ll find overnight accommodations just a short drive away at Cacapon Resort State Park.
Unique Rock Formations
It’s easy to see how Beartown State Park got its name. Boardwalk “streets” wind through a towering “town” of rock formations whose shadowed recesses look like they might provide shelter for native black
You won’t have any trouble finding Pinnacle Rock State Park from U.S. 52: Just look for the 3,100-foot sandstone formation jutting up like a rooster’s comb. Made of erosion-resistant Stoney Gap sandstone, Pinnacle Rock was left standing after millions of years of erosion chiseled away at Flat Top Mountain. This wayside park has six miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and a lake stocked for fishing. You can find lodging nearby at Pipestem Resort State Park or Bluestone State Park.
These are just a few of the amazing natural wonders you’ll find at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Want to discover more? Start planning your Almost Heaven getaway today!Book Now