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.

Beech Fork State Park

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • 859
    Golf
  • Hiking
  • 859
    Hunting
  • Swimming
859 attraction is located outside of the park.

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History

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.

Accommodations

Cabins

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!

Camping

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.

Additional Information

Bird Watching

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!

Conferences

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.

Trails

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.
Distance 0.6 miles
Difficulty Hard

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.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Easy

Lost Trail

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.
Distance 3.5 miles
Difficulty Hard

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.
Distance 5 miles
Difficulty Hard

Nature Trail

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
Difficulty Easy

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.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Hard

Overlook Trail

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.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Medium

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.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Easy
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Nearby Attractions

Blenko Glass Factory

Blenko carries on the tradition of handblown glassware in America. It’s been in business since 1893 in Milton, WV. Take a tour of the factory and see local artists in action! The gift shop is a must for finding that one-of- a-kind gift.

Heritage Farm Museum and Village

Heritage Farm Museum and Village is an open-air living history museum in Huntington, West Virginia. The frontier village focuses on Appalachian history and culture through progress, industry, and transportation. Enjoy a petting zoo, working saw mill, and Artisan Center with family and friends. Heritage Farm Museum and Village has won many awards over the years, most notably recognized as a National Geographic Traveler Prime Destination, Daughters of the American Revolution Medal for Historic Preservation. You may also recognize it for two History Channel features, “America’s Greatest Feud” Hatfield McCoy documentary and “American Pickers”.

Huntington Museum of Art

You really can learn something new every day at the Huntington Museum of Art. This museum has served as a dynamic cultural center that blends art and nature for over six decades. The 52-acre facility features exceptional collections, innovative exhibitions and educational programs.

Marshall University

Based in Huntington, Marshall University is composed of academic units that include the Colleges of Arts and Media; Business; Education and Professional Development; Information Technology and Engineering; Liberal Arts; Health Professions, and Science, as well as the Honors College; University College; the Graduate College; the School of Pharmacy; and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Camden Park

Family-owned, fourth generation Camden Park in Huntington is West Virginia’s only amusement park, with rides for children and adults.

 

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