Spring Nature Fling-NPS: Twin Falls

Twin Falls Resort State Park

Early April through mid-May 2022 in Southern West Virginia celebrates the glories of spring in Appalachia from the rim of the gorge to the river! Explore the area’s natural diversity and contribute as a citizen scientist at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Tamarack Marketplace, Beckley Art Center, and the state parks of Babcock, […]

Blennerhassett Estate Gardens and Grounds Tour

Blennerhassett State Park

“Blennerhassett Estate Gardens and Grounds” program is an outdoor tour. Besides its beautiful island Mansion, what was the Blennerhassett Estate really like? During this program of the grounds, participants will learn what gardens and other period buildings existed as a part of the Blennerhassett Estate in 1806 based on historical findings. This unique program begins […]

National Trails Day Hike: Holly River

Holly River State Park

Holly River State Park celebrates National Trails Day on June 4, 2022 with a guided hike led by Master Naturalist Jane Birdsong. Today is a 3-hour hike on the Tramontane Trail. This trail hike will have a rest stop at the site of a old Swiss homestead settled in the 1870s where you can also […]

Children of the Blennerhassett Mansion

Blennerhassett State Park

“Children of the Blennerhassett Mansion” program is designed for young people (in grades 3-6) accompanied by parent(s) to learn about the children of the famous Blennerhassett Island Family. What were the children’s names and ages, where was their bedroom in the house, and why was one child nicknamed “Little Snowdrop.” This parent/child educational event includes […]

The Mighty American Chestnut: Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls State Park

The American chestnut once dominated the eastern USA forest and was a giant tree known as “The Redwood of the East”. In 1905 a blight began in New York City killing the trees and by the late 1950’s there was 100% mortality. The largest environmental disaster in the history of the USA. Surprisingly American chestnuts […]

“The Ballad of Cass”: Cass Play

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

“The Ballad of Cass,” by Missy McCollum, an adaptation of “Cass: The Play,” by former Cass resident and playwright Nicolette Maleckar, will be staged as an outdoor Promenade immersive theatrical experience at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Small groups of viewers will stop at different sites in the historic Town of Cass to observe and […]

Blennerhassett Mansion Foodways Special Tour

Blennerhassett State Park

“Mansion Foodways” is a unique tour that explains the role that food played in the daily lives of the Blennerhassett family and their neighbors. The term Foodways is defined as an in-depth look at people (the Blennerhassett Family) in a location (Blennerhassett Island) and examines the procurement, the preparation, and the presentation of food on […]

Geology Rocks!-An Evening at Cacapon

Cacapon Resort State Park

It's a rockin' weekend at Cacapon Resort State Park. Geologist Ken Ashton welcomes 'rockers' to an evening program about the geology of West Virginia. You'll discover more about rocks, minerals and fossils during the evening presentation held at Cacapon's Nature Center at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022. The program is free to attend and […]

Geology Hike: Cacapon

Cacapon Resort State Park

Walk and rock is a morning hike with Geologist Ken Ashton and Park Naturalist Valerie Chaney. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cacapon Lodge parking area. We'll set foot for a hike on Piney Ridge Trail to learn more and find rocks, minerals and fossils on this morning walk. This Geology Rockin' Hike is Friday, July […]

Gabriel Arthur is History Alive!: Beech Fork

Beech Fork State Park

History Alive! is an opportunity to hear and ask questions about people that influenced history. Gabriel Arthur is one of those individuals. According to the West Virginia Humanities Council, Arthur is believed to be the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley while traveling with a band of Indians in 1674. He was sent […]

“The Ballad of Cass”: Cass Play

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

“The Ballad of Cass,” by Missy McCollum, an adaptation of “Cass: The Play,” by former Cass resident and playwright Nicolette Maleckar, will be staged as an outdoor Promenade immersive theatrical experience at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Small groups of viewers will stop at different sites in the historic Town of Cass to observe and […]

“The Ballad of Cass”: Cass Play

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

“The Ballad of Cass,” by Missy McCollum, an adaptation of “Cass: The Play,” by former Cass resident and playwright Nicolette Maleckar, will be staged as an outdoor Promenade immersive theatrical experience at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Small groups of viewers will stop at different sites in the historic Town of Cass to observe and […]

“The Ballad of Cass”: Cass Play

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

“The Ballad of Cass,” by Missy McCollum, an adaptation of “Cass: The Play,” by former Cass resident and playwright Nicolette Maleckar, will be staged as an outdoor Promenade immersive theatrical experience at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Small groups of viewers will stop at different sites in the historic Town of Cass to observe and […]

Friday Fun: Bluestone

Bluestone State Park H.C. 78, Box 3, Hinton, WV

Activities at Bluestone State Park for Friday, August 19, 2022 includes great afternoon and evening programs including a campfire and sky watching. Naturalist Jonathan Lipscomb invites family and friends to participate in outdoor fun. Activities are open to the public and free to attend unless there is a small craft fee. Friday, August 19, 2022 […]

Reflections of the Putnam Daughters during an Afternoon Tea

Blennerhassett State Park

Learn historical tidbits about the Putnam and the Blennerhassett families along with proper afternoon tea etiquette of the 1800s. This event will be held at Maple Shade, the original home of the Putnams, now located on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. This August 20, 2022 program begins at 12:45 pm and is a one hour […]

Welcome September: Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls State Park

Join the nature team at Blackwater Falls for September activities September 2 - 5, 2022 that include Tie-dye, Bear Aware, and edible plant hikes. We welcome September at Blackwater Falls and the twinge of fall color arrival. FRIDAY, September 2, 2022 Nature Center Open: 2:00 -5:00 p.m. Visit the outdoor team at the nature center […]

SeptemberFest Weekend: Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls State Park

SeptemberFest! A packed Friday, September 9, 2022 includes Swinging with Sinatra and Elvis show. Saturday features a charter trip to ride the Tygart Flyer and an evening show. September 10, 2022 is an invitation to exceptional fun. Check out these activities! FRIDAY, September 9, 2022 Nature Center Closed 9:00 a.m. Weather Video Join the staff […]

The Legacy of Mary Ingles: Beech Fork

Beech Fork State Park

The Mary Ingles Trail Associates (MITA) presents the 2022 "Legacy of Mary Ingles" encampment and living history event. This year marks the 267th anniversary of Mary Ingles' odyssey in 1755 as she was captured by, and escaped from, Shawnee Native Americans. The Mary Ingles Trail Associates (MITA) presents a historical encampment based on research of […]

Hidden History: Babcock

Babcock State Park 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV

Come and go as you please to see the Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park inside and out. The miller will be on-hand for informal discussions about the history of this structure and how the mill works. Visit from 10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 6:00 pm. There is no fee to see […]

Hidden History: Babcock

Babcock State Park 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV

Come and go as you please to see the Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park inside and out. The miller will be on-hand for informal discussions about the history of this structure and how the mill works. Visit from 10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 6:00 pm. on September 18, 2022. There is […]

Hidden History: Carnifex Ferry Battlefield

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park 1194 Carnifex Ferry Rd, Summersville, WV

Carnifex Civil War Battlefield Tour, 1 mile easy walk is a step back in time at a place where history happened in 1861. Walk the battlefield site, cemetery, and see […]

Hidden History: Pipestem

Pipestem Resort State Park

Meet in the park headquarters parking area for a Country Roads Walk, 1.5 miles easy walk. Explore the area’s pre-park history on this walk to old farm sites, foundations, and more, painting a picture of the past this September 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Plan on a pleasant walk with naturalist Bob Duffy. Celebrate Appalachian […]

Hidden History: Twin Falls

Twin Falls Resort State Park

The Lumberjack Fall Festival is one of Hidden History Happenings events. What a great time to be outdoors. Enjoy live music, art and craft vendors, chainsaw artists, a blacksmith, hayrides, food, and fun activities for kids. Free event unless you purchase from a vendor. Lumberjack Fall Festival is September 24-25, 2022. This festival has become […]

Hidden History: Babcock

Babcock State Park 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV

Come and go as you please to see the Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park inside and out. The miller will be on-hand for informal discussions about the history of this structure and how the mill works. Visit from 10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 6:00 pm. on September 24, 2022. There is […]

Hidden History: Babcock

Babcock State Park 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop, WV

Come and go as you please to see the Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park inside and out. The miller will be on-hand for informal discussions about the history of this structure and how the mill works. Visit from 10:00 am to Noon or 1:00 to 6:00 pm. on September 25, 2022. There is […]

Mansion by Candlelight

Blennerhassett State Park

For two nights only!!! October 7 and October 8, 2022, as you board the Island Belle sternwheeler at Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio, you will begin your journey to Blennerhassett Island where an enchanted world only known to Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett existed over 200 years ago. Mansion by Candlelight returns to the island in […]

Mansion by Candlelight: Blennerhassett Island

Blennerhassett State Park

For two nights only!!! October 7 and October 8, 2022, as you board the Island Belle sternwheeler at Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio, you will begin your journey to Blennerhassett Island where an enchanted world only known to Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett existed over 200 years ago. Mansion by Candlelight returns to the island in […]

Town of Spruce Hike: Cass

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Join a hike to the remote location of the former town of Spruce, led by Americorps Kelsey Mills, who will provide historic interpretation of this fascinating site. Meet at the Cass Company Store Front Porch at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022. We’ll get a brief orientation about […]

Quilt Camp: North Bend

North Bend State Park

The calm, peaceful setting of the North Bend State Park lodge provides the perfect atmosphere for quilting. Come enjoy this timeless craft at North Bend’s Quilt Camp, October 30 – November 4, 2022. Please call North Bend State Park for the registration form. Registration and booking is not available on the website. Preregistration is necessary […]

Farm-to-Table: Cass Scenic Railroad

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

A delicious Farm-to-Table dinner is planned November 12, 2022 and prepared by the Last Run Restaurant at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.. Featuring locally sourced produce and products, the dinner features home-cooking and dessert that only a harvest can provide. Visit the Company Store, take a stroll through the Town of Cass and enjoy the community spirit. The 6:00 […]