About This Park
Beartown State Park is a 110-acre natural area located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain in northern Greenbrier County and a small portion of Pocahontas County. This park is known for its unusual rocky formations, massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and deep crevices. The park’s main attraction is a half-mile boardwalk showcasing these spectacular sights. The park is open April to October, and off-season access is available by appointment.
Things to Do
Beartown is a day-use park, but you’re never far from a campground in West Virginia. Try these nearby state parks:
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Hunt for buried treasure with a modern twist through geocaching! There are cache sites hidden in Beartown State Park so hunt fast before someone else claims your prize!
Hike your heart out at Beartown State Park! The park prides itself on its greatest feature: its views. The simplicity and tranquility of the park attracts visitors who come for walks to get closer to nature.Download Park Pack & Map
Museums & Historical Sites
Hop aboard an historic Shay locomotive at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Ride highlights include a recreated 1940s logging camp and Bald Knob, the third highest summit in West Virginia.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park marks the site of a Union victory during the Civil War. A museum, lookout tower and hiking trails are key attractions. The park occasionally has military reenactments as well.
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
The land now known as Beartown State Park was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Edwin G. Polan, given in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, a local soldier killed in the Vietnam War. Since then, development of the park has been minimal so the area’s natural beauty may be preserved. The park’s name comes from residents who claimed the many cave-like openings in the rocks made ideal winter dens for black bears in the area. It also refers to the many deep, narrow crevasses that crisscross the area and appear from above like the streets of a small town.
Beartown State Park does not provide any overnight accommodations, but visitors may camp or rent cabins at nearby Watoga State Park. There are no entrance or admission fees for visiting the park.
Recreation at Beartown State Park consists of hiking the boardwalk. The park’s simplicity is what attracts visitors, who often come to the park for a walk and nothing more. For those looking for an educational experience, a walk through the park’s rock formations is aided by informational markers along the trail, explaining the geological processes at work in the area.
Watoga State Park
Located about 30 minutes north of Beartown, Watoga State Park provides many recreational activities on more than 10,000 acres of land. There’s hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and vacation cabins, open year-round. A perfect park to pair with a visit to Beartown.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
This is the site of West Virginia’s last major Civil War battle. The battle is re-enacted for history buffs every October.
Seneca State Forest
The oldest state forest in West Virginia, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River. Visitors can enjoy tent camping or staying in a rustic cabin.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Located in the historic town of Cass, the Cass Scenic Railroad transports passengers to a time when logging was a way of life in Pocahontas County. Train rides on authentic, vintage locomotives are popular here, especially in the fall! Restored company buildings have been refurbished and are available for overnight stays to complete your experience.
Greenbrier River Trail
A favorite for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers, anglers and horseback riders, this 78-mile recreational rail trail mirrors the Greenbrier River.
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