Mother’s Day Escapes at West Virginia state parks and forests

Mother’s Day is around the corner! Treat your mom, or any beloved mother figure in your life, to a special getaway. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-filled adventure or a quiet place to relax and soak in the scenery, West Virginia state parks and forests can accommodate your plans.

Outdoor Adventure

Lace up your hiking boots and load up your bicycles! West Virginia state parks and forests offer hundreds of miles of trails for hikers and bikers of all skills levels. Choose from challenging single-track climbs at Kanawha State Forest to wide and flat paths like the Greenbrier Rail Trail. Navigate through towering old-growth forests at Holly River State Park or hike to the waterfalls at Twin Falls Resort.

Finish off your busy day with a cozy sit around the campfire or a hearty lodge meal.

Massages and Mineral Baths

Pamper your mom with a visit to Berkeley Springs State Park, America’s first spa. This park is home to a mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times. People come from far and wide to soak in its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. The park’s Old Roman and Main bathhouses offer a wide selection of spa services, including massages, saunas, baths and showers. Berkeley Springs is a day-use park, but you can book overnight lodging at nearby Cacapon Resort State Park.

Nature Lover’s Paradise

Of course we can’t forget our parks’ best feature: the beautiful scenery. Plan an overnight visit or a day trip for moms to enjoy the natural surroundings. You’ll find magnificent overlooks at many parks, including Hawks Nest StateBlackwater Falls State Park and Pipestem Resort. Picnic by the rushing waters at Valley Falls State Park or enjoy the lake view from the deck at Tygart Lake State Park. 

Culture and History

Turn your visit into a learning experience by exploring the fascinating stories behind some of the parks. Ride the ferry to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and tour the elegant 18th century estate of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett. Climb the tower and Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and survey the hills where Union and Confederate troops clashed. Visit the Museum in the Community at Chief Logan State Park to learn about southern West Virginia’s coal heritage. Tour a working grist mill at Babcock State Park and watch how corn is ground into grain.

These little glimpses into history are always enjoyable to experience firsthand.

It’s Mom’s day. Let her choose her Almost Heaven Mother’s Day Escape!

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