About This Park
Beech Fork State Park offers some of the best recreational opportunities in West Virginia’s southwestern region. Visitors to this 3,144-acre park can hike in the hills, watch birds, fish or take a boat out on Beech Fork Lake. The lake is a 720-acre reservoir, with 31 miles of shoreline. Located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville, Beech Fork State Park is the perfect getaway for visitors from neighboring states and cities, like Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky.
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There are plenty of great trails for mountain biking at Beech Fork State Park regardless of skill or experience. You’ll be a pro in no time!
Beech Fork Lake offers recreational boating, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities the whole family can enjoy! Canoes, kayaks, jon boats, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards are available to rent at the park’s boat dock, which is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from noon to 8 p.m. Life jackets are required and provided with rentals. To rent a boat, you must be 16 or older and provide valid identification.
Beech Fork also has a paved boat launch, open April to November. The park does not charge a launch, recover or usage fee. Call the park office at (304) 528-5794 for further boat launch information.
A separate launch ramp at Beech Fork Marina in Lavalette is not located at Beech Fork State Park. For more information about Beech Fork Marina and its daily usage fees, call (304) 522-9374.
Beech Fork has four campgrounds with a total of 275 campsites, 111 of which are lakefront. All of the park’s campgrounds have full-service bathhouses and restroom facilities. The year-round Old Orchard campground offers coin-operated laundry, free Wi-Fi, as well as full hook-ups with 50amp electric, water and sewer. Moxley Branch campground is open mid-April through mid-October, with a choice of 30amp electric or non-electric sites. Four Coves and Lakeview campgrounds are 30amp electric only. Four Coves campground is open mid-April through October, and Lakeview campground is open April through mid-November. Campsites in Old Orchard and Moxley Branch campgrounds are available for reservation from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Visitors and guests can enjoy fishing for the lake’s popular largemouth and hybrid striped bass, crappie, catfish, sauger and bluegill. Proper fishing license is required and may be purchased online at www.wvfish.com.
Go modern day treasure hunting at Beech Fork State Park and hunt for the two cache sites. All you need is a great team and a smartphone with GPS.
The nearby Esquire Country Club has a par 72 course with 18 holes.
Take a hike! Hiking, walking, and biking trails are shown on the park map and trail guide. Along with some of the best trails in the area for hiking and biking, park guests often use the miles of park roads within the campground for walking.Download Park Pack & Map
At more than 7,000 acres, the Beech Fork WMA abounds with wildlife. Thick forests shelter deer, grouse, waterfowls, rabbits, and more. Hunting licenses are available online if you don’t have one.
Fun in the sun! The swimming pool at Beech Fork is open for all visitors Tuesday through Sunday with an attached bathhouse and food/snack stand both open to park guests and the general public. The pool can also be rented after hours by private parties.
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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed Beech Fork Lake in the 1970s to control flooding of Twelvepole Creek. The lake also was developed to create recreational and wildlife management including a marina, swimming beach and picnic area. Beech Fork State Park officially opened in 1979.
Beech Fork State Park offers six luxurious vacation cabins atop a ridge line near Beech Fork Lake. Open year-round, the cabins are distinguished by their open trussed ceilings and large decks. The cabins are fully furnished and feature modern amenities with wireless Internet. Reservations are encouraged in advance–these are popular!
Beech Fork has four campgrounds with a total of 275 campsites, approximately 111 of which are lakefront. All of the park’s campgrounds have full-service bathhouses and restroom facilities. The year-round Old Orchard campground offers coin-operated laundry, free Wi-Fi, as well as full hook-ups with 50amp electric, water and sewer. Moxley Branch campground is open mid-April through mid-October, with a choice of 30amp electric or non-electric sites. Four Coves and Lakeview campgrounds are 30amp electric only. Four Coves campground is open mid-April through October, and Lakeview campground is open April through mid-November. Campsites in Old Orchard and Moxley Branch campgrounds are available for reservation from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Camper’s Corner Store
Located at the Beech Fork State Park headquarters, this convenient store offers basic grocery needs, gift shop items, hand dipped ice-cream, camping supplies, fishing supplies, bait, ice and firewood. Game equipment is available for rent. Open April through October. Summer hours are 12-8 p.m. on Monday–Tuesday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday. Hours are limited to late afternoon and evening times before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
Beech Fork offers plenty of trails for hiking, walking, and biking with or without a tour guide. The park’s lake provides other wildlife enjoyment. Birdwatchers may enjoy catching sight of migratory water fowl or neo-tropical songbirds. These cute creatures will make for great photographs too!
Beech Fork can host up to 120 people in a large, covered activity room built in an attractive flower garden. This room is often used for special events, large family reunions, and other catered events. Whatever your needs, Beech Fork can accommodate them in a beautiful and picturesque setting.
Coal Mine Trail
|The Coal Mine Trail is strenuous and can be walked or biked. The trail is a connecting trail between two points of the Mary Davis Trail, and is located within the Wildlife Management Area.|
Long Branch Trail
|Long Branch Trail is a short connector trail that ties to the Overlook/ Fire Circle area to the Nature Trail. A foot bridge crosses the Long Branch stream at the Nature Trail connection.|
|This is a long and strenuous trail that contains steep inclines. The trail provides access points to the remote and more difficult Mary Davis Trail. Trailhead is located behind campsite 85 in Moxley Branch Campground.|
Mary Davis Trail
|This trail spurs off the Lost Trail at two entrance/exit points. The trail is long and strenuous with several unmanaged trail spurs. This trail begins on the State Park and leads into the Wildlife Management Area. Hikers are encouraged to wear blaze orange during hunting seasons. Firearms, bows, and arrows must be cased while in the State Park area.|
|This hike/bike trail is an easy trail for all age groups and is located on the “road to nowhere” across from the park headquarters. This is a good trail for school/scout groups and nature study outings. The Nature Trail connects to the Long Branch Trail via a foot bridge that crosses Long Branch stream.|
|Distance||0.8 mile loop|
North Ridge Trail
|The North Ridge Trail is strenuous and can be walked or biked. The trail is a connecting trail between the Lost Trail and the Mary Davis Trail. A portion of this trail is in the Wildlife Management Area.|
|The Overlook Trail winds up a long ridge to a pleasing overlook of the park headquarters and recreation area. The trail is of medium difficulty with a steep incline at the trail head.|
Physical Fitness Trail
|Paved trail located in the Franklin D. Wooten Recreation Area, this fitness trail makes a pleasurable walking path for those who enjoy a leisurely after-dinner or early morning walk.|
Blenko Glass Factory
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