Summer brings abundant opportunities to check West Virginia’s beautiful state parks and forests off your bucket list. And with a state park or forest in every corner of the Mountain State, it’s not hard to find the peaceful (or exciting) escapes you’re looking for during the warm-weather months. Download or screenshot our official WV State Parks map and checklist and start planning trips to Almost Heaven’s most beloved places.
We’ve also broken down our favorite adventures into categories so you can plan your travels accordingly!
If you enjoy waterfalls, West Virginia’s state parks and forests are home to some of the best. Here are a few majestic waterfall destinations you should visit this year:
Pack a picnic, grab your frisbee, and head to these state parks for a day full of peaceful scenery and some interesting history:
- Berkeley Springs
- Prickett’s Fort
- Carnifex Ferry Battlefield
- Droop Mountain Battlefield
- Fairfax Stone
- Pinnacle Rock
- Watters Smith
- Blennerhassett Island
Lake and River Parks
Searching for the best parks to visit with water? Look no further! The following parks all have lakes or rivers for fishing and kayaking. And Tygart even has an Adventure Lake!
Looking for a secluded retreat surrounded by rolling hills? Check out these relaxing locations:
Unique Stay Parks
These parks have more than just camping and lodging — they have unique lodging opportunities that can only be found in #WVstateparks:
- Seneca State Forest Thorny Mountain Fire Tower
- Cass Company Houses
- Tomlinson Run Yurts
- Lost River’s Primitive Outpost Cabin
- Camp Creek’s Ranger Outpost Cabin
- Tentrr Campsites at Cacapon, Blackwater Falls, Hawks Nest and Lost River
Hike quiet trails, stop and fish for some trout and take in the beautiful #AlmostHeaven scenery in many of our secluded state forests.
River and Rail Trails
Hike, bike or walk in some of these state parks.Book Now