Ring in the New Year at these State Parks

Get 2019 off to an amazing start by visiting a West Virginia State Park.

The new year is almost here! There’s no better way to welcome the promises of 2019 than spending time surrounded by the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air of a West Virginia state park. Whether you are looking to end 2018 with a big New Year’s Eve bash or you prefer quiet reflection while hiking on the first day of the New Year, state parks have something for you to enjoy.

New Year’s Eve Dinners and Celebrations for the Whole Family

Looking for a party the whole family attend? Parents and kids can enjoy a delicious diner at Blackwater Falls State Park’s Smokehouse Restaurant New Year’s Eve buffet. Dieting resolutions can wait until January 2 when you can feast on crab stuffed flank steak, pork loin, roasted leg of lamb, chicken carbonara and a plethora of delectable desserts. Dinner is $25.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 6-12. Children 5 and under eat for free!

Tygart Lake State Park is also offering family-friendly festivities at its New Year’s Eve lodge gathering. Enjoy snacks, hot wings, punch and a special midnight sparkling grape juice toast. Additionally, families can compete for prizes with a game of trivia and enjoy watching the ball drop in Times Square on the big screen.

Put on your dancing shoes and swing into 2019 with these great New Year’s Eve dance parties!

Travel back in time and enjoy the music of 1940s swing and rumba. The Blennerhasset Island Historical State Park Museum is the place to be on New Year’s Eve for a remarkable evening of music, dance and food. Dance and enjoy the wonderful music provided by the Doug Hess Big Band under the direction of Felice Jorgeson.

Additionally, Twin Falls Resort offers a themed party every year. Dance into the wee hours during this rocking party, then crash in your private room at the mountaintop lodge. Wake up the next morning to gorgeous views of the wooded ridge and rugged mountains.

First Day Hikes

The New Year is often seen as a time to look back and ahead. There is no better way to reflect than spending time in nature. Many state parks offer first day hikes, which is the perfect way to start the new year. Kanawha State Forest’s beautiful wooded trails are a great place for a first day hike with family and friends. Watoga State Park also offers a guided 2-mile hike with the park naturalist. After your hike, warm up with coffee and hot chocolate!

For more family fun and adventure, plan a New Year’s getaway today!

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