Why late winter is a perfect time for a getaway

Spring is on the way, but there’s still time to enjoy a winter getaway.

Snow days might be fewer and far between this time of year, but late winter is a great time to visit a West Virginia State Park. Whether you want to get in one last run on the slopes or break up the doldrums of winter with a hike, there’s a park just for you! Plan a day trip or book your late-winter getaway now, and snag a great deal on lodging while you’re at it!

Snow Fun

Many parts of the state may be thawing out, but the high elevation, cooler temperatures and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment at Blackwater Falls State Park means there will be snow on the slopes for a few more weeks. Race down the longest and fastest sled run on the East Coast, then hop on the magic carpet conveyor for a lift back to the top of the hill. When you get cold, just head over to the outdoor fire pit or to the warming hut for a cup of hot chocolate. The park also rents out cross-country skis and snowshoes for use on designated trails.

Just minutes away, Canaan Valley Resort State Park boasts the longest tubing run in the Mid-Atlantic. The park also is a favorite among downhill skiers and snowboarders and has 47 trails, ranging from beginner level to advanced. Rental equipment and lessons are available at the park, which also has an outdoor ice-skating rink. Accommodations at both Canaan and Blackwater Falls include cabins and lodge rooms, a full-service restaurant and an indoor swimming pool.

Breathtaking Views

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, West Virginia’s mountain scenery is beautiful in every season. Enjoy the views and rediscover the beauty of nature with a winter hike out to one of our iconic overlooks. Or simply kick back and enjoy the view at one of our lodges. Hawks Nest State Park offers a stunning scene of the New River Gorge, while the main lodge at Pipestem Resort State Park features panoramic views of the Bluestone Gorge. Both parks have full-service restaurants and other amenities you can enjoy during your stay.

Winter Relaxation

There’s no better cure for the winter blues than the therapeutic waters of Berkeley Springs State Park. Treat yourself or a loved one to a relaxing soak in whirlpool or Roman bath, heated to 102 degrees and sourced right from the mountain spring. The park offers a range of spa services including saunas, therapeutic massage and hot stone massage. You’ll also find overnight accommodations and plenty of outdoor activities down the road at Cacapon Resort State Park.

Lodging Specials

Late winter is also a great time to save on lodging at West Virginia State Parks. Choose from cozy private cabins to modern lodge rooms with all the amenities. Visit our deals page to see how you can save. It’s not too late. Plan your late winter getaway today!

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