About This Park
Audra State Park is a heavily wooded area bisected by the Middle Fork River located in southwestern Barbour County and a portion of Upshur County. Each year, visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the Middle Fork and its surroundings, which offers opportunities for hiking, camping and family picnics. This park is an ideal destination for families who enjoy the outdoors. The clear, clean water of the Middle Fork River and the rock overhang of the Alum Cave offer picture-perfect backdrops.
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Things to Do
If you like to explore at a faster pace, try mountain biking through Audra State Park! There’s no better way to view the park’s best views than zip through the trails on a bike. Be sure to pick up a trail map from the office before you head out.
Whitewater enthusiasts love boating on the Middle Fork River. This activity is permitted at your own risk. To check the water flow in real time, visit the USGS water resources page. Choose the Monongahela river basin and then check water flows for the Middle Fork at Audra, WV.
Audra State Park’s 67 campsites are open April through October. Thirteen sites have electricity, and the campground has two bathhouses with modern facilities and a centrally located playground. Coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available on-site and a dumping station is located nearby. A campground store is stocked with camping supplies, snacks and souvenirs, including bagged ice and firewood.
West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
The Middle Fork River is a popular spot for trout fishing. On March 9, April 6 and May 4, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock the Middle Fork with trout. If you’re planning a fishing trip and need overnight accommodations, check in to a cabin or lodge room at nearby Tygart Lake State Park. But hurry! They book up fast. Make you reservation by clicking Book Now!
You can also cast a line in the nearby Teter Creek Lake, which offers trout, bass, and bluegill fishing. But before you head out, make sure you purchase a current West Virginia fishing license, available at www.wvfish.com.
Try your hand at the new technological scavenger hunt, geocaching! Audra State Park has 5 different trails dedicated to this adventurous trend. Come see what buried treasure you can find before someone else does!
Clear your mind with a beautiful hike. The park is best known for its unique scenery, which can be seen while walking the boardwalk built along the Alum Cave’s overhanging ledge. With its gorgeous woodlands and rhododendron thickets along the Middle Fork River, Audra is the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy nature.Download Park Pack & Map
Come take a dip in the best pool in town— the Middle Fork River! Even though it’s no Olympic-sized pool, it’s majestic nonetheless since Mother Nature carved it out of the earth!
West Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the United States. Be sure to download your Park Pack for maps and other park information.Download
Audra State Park is named after the small, early 20th-century town of Audra, which sat on property owned by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Once the site of commercial logging, the area was later turned into Barbour County’s 4-H Club camp. The state of West Virginia purchased some of the B&O property in 1948, built the first rustic facilities and opened the park to the public in 1950. As the park became popular, additional land was purchased in 1960, and more modern facilities, including a campground, bathhouse and playgrounds, were constructed. In the early 1970s, the campground was expanded to include accommodations for trailer campers with electrical hookups.
Alum Creek and Cave Trail
|This family friendly trail is perfect for campers and visitors, offering colorful photography opportunities. It includes a boardwalk that winds below the Alum Cave overhang and provides a spectacular view of the Middle Fork River. In places, it provides access to the river for wading and nature exploring. Hikers may see wildlife such as white-tailed deer, squirrels and various bird species, as well as plants such as the popular rhododendron thickets and varieties of maple, oak and pine.|
Pack up the family for a gorgeous picnic! Covered picnic shelters are available with water, electricity, and grills. The shelters can accommodate up to 50 people, are easily accessible, and have a large parking area. On shelter is reservable, but be sure to reserve soon, as they book up fast! Weekend/holiday rental rates may be higher than weekdays.
Town of Buckhannon
About 25 miles north of Audra State Park, the county seat of Upshur County has many small-town attractions, including local restaurants, shopping, West Virginia Wesleyan College, a movie theater and the annual Strawberry Festival each May. Visit to get a feel for small town West Virginia!
West Virginia State Wildlife Center
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. Operated by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and factual understanding of our state’s wildlife. The Wildlife Center aims to accommodate all guests with a 1.25 mile long wheelchair trail on hardwood forest and is located approximately 35 miles from Audra State Park.
Philippi Covered Bridge
About 11 miles from Audra State Park, the city of Philippi was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War on June 3, 1861. Built in 1852, the bridge here was heavily utilized by both sides during the Civil War. Severely damaged by fire in 1989, the bridge has been restored to its original appearance.