Little Beaver a perennial family favorite for fishing and boating

New River Gorge park an ideal spot for family reunions and other gatherings

Just minutes from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Little Beaver State Park offers hours of family fun, beautiful scenery and award-winning outdoor recreation. The former day-use park now offers camping from spring through fall.

Best place to fish and boat

“Found this lovely state park with campground on an internet search and it surpassed expectations. Great campsites. Miles of beautiful wooded trails and a picturesque lake a few minutes away from the Grandview overlook section of the New River national river. Quiet, peaceful campground with plenty of shady campsites, many with electric hookups. A nice playground for little ones. The bathhouse was spotless and had laundry facilities. Water pressure in the showers was outstanding. This is a hidden gem of a campground!”

— 32beachlover, TripAdvisor reviewer from Vienna, Va.

Little Beaver’s 18-acre lake is a favorite spot for boating and fishing. Named one of the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S., the park also hosts an Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby in June. Anglers can fish year-round for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, trout and channel catfish. Non-motorized boats are permitted on the lake. Visitors may rent standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and row boats in season.

Reconnect with nature

“We love to go hiking and we had never been to this state park. We thought we’d give it a try. After reading we decided to do the Lake Front Trail. (It was our first hike of the season) so we thought it would be a gentle warm up. Gentle is certainly the right word it was a very flat trail with no real challenging areas. Perfect for families with small children and elderly family members. We had a nice time since there were quite a few geese and ducks around. We plan on going back to do a more challenging trail.”

— Brittany P, TripAdvisor reviewer from Concord, W.Va.

With picnic shelters and playgrounds, Little Beaver is ideal for family reunions and other gatherings. Originally intended for day use, the park has been upgraded with 46 camping sites—30 with electric and water hookups. Campground features include a bathhouse and laundry facilities, central dump station and a camp store.

Guests can enjoy lake activities and nearly 20 miles of trails that wind through the park. Ranging from easy to challenging, these hiking and biking trails showcase seasonal wildflowers, virgin tree stands and lake scenery.

Nearby attractions

Part of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Grandview features stunning overlooks of the river, a visitor center (open seasonally), hiking trails and picnic areas. Grandview also is home to Theatre West Virginia, which presents outdoor drams from June to August.

Located at I-64 exit 45 near Beckley, Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia offers a unique collection of West Virginia crafted art, gifts, food products and more.

The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, open seasonally, features a coal camp, museum and tours of an underground mine.

Whether you’re planning a reunion, camping trip, or fishing excursion, Little Beaver has just the thing for your group. Start planning your Almost Heaven getaway today!

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