Make the best of your WV state park camping experience

Observe campground rules and regulations

Camping is one of the best ways to experience nature. Nothing quite compares to the sound of gentle rain on your tent roof, or the pleasure of sitting around a crackling campfire at night. Many West Virginia state parks and forests offer camping accommodations for RVs and tents, as well as unique lodging like Tentrr campsites, yurts, and even equestrian campsites. 

For the best camping experience, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the camping rules and regulations. Let’s work together to make sure everyone has a fun and memorable camping trip!

The Basics

  • All fires must be confined to designated grills or areas.
  • Dogs and cats are the only pets permitted in state parks and forests.  Pets must be leashed and restrained.
  • Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

General Campground Policy

  • Not more than 2 motor vehicles are permitted on a campsite at any time.  
  • A non-family camping group may have only one camping unit (tent, trailer, motor home, camper van, etc).
  • A family camping group, at the discretion of the area superintendent, may be permitted to have 1 or 2 small tents on a campsite in addition to the main camping unit, but in no case may the additional units damage the campsite, this must be approved prior to set up.
  • A family unit is defined as parents or guardians and their dependent children.
  • One person, 18 years of age or older, must occupy and be responsible for the rented campsite.
  • Camping is only permitted at designated and numbered sites.

The number of vehicles or units on a site, payment, cancellations, and refunds is good to know prior to making a reservation. Check with the specific park or forest where you plan to stay for details. 

A general set of rules applies to all state parks and forests. Visit Rules and Regulations for more information and to review actions that are prohibited.

Unique Camping Experiences

If you enjoy the experience of tent camping but don’t want the added work of setting up a tent — or perhaps you just want something a little more upscale, check out the new Tentrr campsites at Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park, Hawks Nest State Park and Lost River State Park. Each site includes a pre-set canvas tent on its own wooden deck platform, a queen-size memory foam mattress, solar shower, and more.

You can enjoy a similar glamping experience with the yurts at Tomlinson Run State Park. Yurts are circular structures consisting of a durable fabric cover, tension band and a wood frame. Yurt sites come with a set of bunk beds as well as other amenities.

At Camp Creek State Park and Forest, the Double C Horse and Rider Campground is perfect for those traveling with horses to go trail riding. There is also an equestrian campground, separate from the park’s other two campgrounds. 

Camping Reservations

Start planning your Almost Heaven camping getaway today! Some campgrounds operate seasonally, while others, including Beech Fork State Park, Twin Falls Resort and Pipestem Resort are open year-round, weather permitting.

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