About This Park
Sitting in the shadows of the highest peak in the eastern portion of West Virginia, Cacapon Resort State Park offers 6,000 acres of exciting outdoor getaways all year-round. The park provides lake activities and hiking opportunities, vacation cabins, golfing, and restaurants in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The word Cacapon is a derivative of a Shawnee Indian word meaning "medicine waters," a reference to the area's mineral waters that have been renowned throughout history for their healing powers.
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Test your bike against challenging single-track paths. Mountain switchbacks and varied terrain reward you with stirring, sky-high wilderness views. You can also ride on paved roads throughout the park.
Cacapon does not offer a camping in the park, but you’re never far from a campground in West Virginia. Try these nearby campgrounds:
C&O Canal Campground
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Happy Hills Family Campground
12617 Seavolt Rd.
Hancock, MD 21750
Cacapon Resort State Park has two small lakes for fishing. Both are stocked with trout each spring, but bass, catfish and bluegill can also be caught. Before you head out, make sure you purchase a current West Virginia fishing license, available at www.wvfish.com.
On March 10, March 24, April 2, April 21, May 5 and May 19, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock the lakes at Cacapon with trout. If you’re planning a fishing trip and need overnight accommodations, check in to a cabin or lodge room. But hurry! They book up fast. Make you reservation by clicking Book Now!
Your dream of finding buried treasure can finally become a reality at Cacapon! The park is packed with nine hidden geocaches. Bring some great friends and your smartphone with GPS and starting hunting for that treasure.
It’s tee time! The park’s golf course is staffed by professionals offering private lessons which makes it an ideal spot for beginners. More experienced players will enjoy playing on a course that is rated as one of the 130 best-designed courses in the United States. The Cacapon course features 73 well-placed sand bunkers and a challenging double green that is more than 100 yards wide.
You can’t get bored at Cacapon when there’s 23 miles for hiking on 9 different trails waiting to be explored. No need to worry about getting lost, as hiking guides are available at the park office. Each trail offers a different physical challenge depending on skill levels, so there’s something for everyone.
Looking to get in touch with nature a little more closely? Cacapon Resort offers guided horseback riding for guests. Riders who aren’t as experienced may choose to ride a pony instead. Forget dinner and a movie when you can have dinner and a horseback ride through the moonlight with your loved ones!
Museums & Historical Sites
The quaint colonial town of Berkeley Springs is just 10 miles from Cacapon. George Washington once bathed there (you can even see a replica of his tub!), and its historic mineral baths still draw thousands of tourists every year. Want to take a dip? Berkeley Springs State Park has warm Roman baths (which naturally stay heated at 74 degrees), massages, and saunas.
Challenge some friends to a little competition! Game courts are available at Cacapon for tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, and even wobble clay shooting. Trek up to the observation deck on Cacapon Mountain for a unique opportunity to see views of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania all at once.
Come soak up some Vitamin D! Lake front swimming is available at Cacapon Resort State Park Lake daily Tuesday through Sunday. The summer beach hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, however, the beach is closed on Monday, except Monday’s that fall on observed holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
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Cacapon State Park was constructed by the Federal Civilian Conservation Corps on land that had been clear-cut for its viable timber in the early 20th century. It officially opened July 1, 1937. Most of the construction of the park took place in the 1940s by CCC workers, with additional construction of cabins and the lodge in the 1950s. The famous Robert Trent Jones golf course was added to the park in 1973, advancing it to the status of a resort park.
Cacapon Resort State Park’s 48-room lodge is situated on the east side of Cacapon Mountain and overlooks the wide expanse of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course. The lodge offers a relaxed setting complete with a lounge, TV, board games, fireplace, and cozy furniture creating a cozy area for cool autumn and winter evenings. Downstairs a recreation room provides hours of entertainment with various games. The lodge has a full-service restaurant open to the public. Each lodge room is air conditioned and features television, phone and private bath as well as complimentary wireless access.
Event and Meeting Space
Looking for an event space in a beautiful setting? Cacapon Resort offers more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups up to 300 people. With up-to- date audio and visual equipment and full-service catering, Cacapon Resort is the perfect venue for special events, including conferences, business meetings, weddings and family reunions.
Guests may also stay in the Old Inn, a vintage 12-room inn that can accommodate up to 32 people. Featuring stone fireplaces and a large dining area, the recently renovated Old Inn is perfect for small groups and family gatherings.
Cacapon Resort has four types of cabins for year-round vacation rentals: Vacation, Classic, Legacy and Economy (a tiny house). There are no telephones in cabins at Cacapon, but service for mobile phones can mostly be found throughout the park. Pets, dogs and cats, are permitted in designated cabins, but check the guidelines regarding pet-friendly cabins and associated fees for more information.
Classic and Vacation
Experience year-round comfort in the Classic and Vacation cabins. These cabins are insulated frame structures featuring wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces, baths with showers, kitchens with modern appliances, central heat and air conditioning, and cable television. Cacapon currently offers 13-Classic cabins. Two fully accessible Vacation cabins are also available, fully equipped for housekeeping. Cabins must be reserved for a minimum of one week during the summer, beginning the second Monday in June through mid-August*. Daily or weekend reservations may be made before the second Monday in June or after the first Monday in September.
Take some time away from the hub of activity with the Legacy cabins. Providing some much needed rest and relaxation away from the lodge and golf course, the 12 Legacy cabins are situated in lovely wooded areas. Like the Classic cabins, these quaint cabins of log construction come with stone fireplaces and window mounted heat and air-condition units. These cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping and may be rented by the night; however, a two-night minimum on weekends and three-night minimum on holiday weekends is required. Available April 1 – October 31.
Looking for less space and double the fun? Economy cabins are ‘tiny houses’ with a combination living/dining/ bedroom. Double bunks, shower bath and a screened in porch are all included in this unique and efficient trend sweeping the 21st century. These cabins don’t have a fireplace, but are equipped with window mounted heating and air conditioning. These bungalows are open from April 1 – October 31 and can be rented by the night; however, a two night minimum on weekends and three night minimum on holiday weekends is required
The restaurant, located in the park’s lodge, offers a variety of delectable menu selections. It’s open year-round and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant caters to banquets, receptions and barbecues for special groups like business meetings, family reunions and weddings. The restaurant offers a menu of traditional American, including steaks, seafood, chicken and pastas. Special menus and hours are offered for the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hours vary according to the season.
- Beach Snack Bar, located at the beach swimming area and open daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, serves up sandwiches, pizza, ice cream and beverages.
- Golf Shop Snack Bar is open daily, starting in April through October and has sandwiches and beverages. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, but hours will vary according to the season.
Horse Trails — marked “U” on the map
The starting point for all horse trails is from the riding stables. The trails are clean and well-marked. Attendants at the stables will guide riders according to time, weather conditions, etc. Please consult the riding master at the stable for details. All horseback riding is confined to the designated horse trails. Parking on park roads or in park-used areas is prohibited.
Cabin Loop Trail
|The starting and ending point of this trail is between Cabins 21 and 22. It follows the base of Piney Ridge and passes through oaks, maples, pines, mountain laurel, blueberry and flowering dogwood.|
|Start from Batt Picnic Area, near Cabin 1, Cabin 10 or from either log cabin area road. The elevation at the Batt Picnic area is 1,200 feet. Points of interest are Bear Den Rocks and a nearby crag that overlooks the broad valley between Cacapon and Sleepy Creek mountains. The trail crosses the east side of Cacapon Mountain, the north and middle forks of Indian Run and passes through mixed hardwoods, pines, blueberry bushes and various flowering plants.|
|Difficulty||Moderate with some midgrade uphill sections|
|This loop trail starts at the main park road near the boat dock entrance, and also near cabins 21 and 25. The main point of interest is a crag overlooking the Sleepy Creek Valley. Elevations range from 900 to 1,240 feet. The trail winds through mixed forest trees, Keefer Sandstone outcroppings and boulders from which wildlife and birds may be observed. Look for flowering shrubs and wildflowers in season.|
|Distance||2 miles (loop)|
|Difficulty||Moderate with some midgrade uphill sections|
|Start and end this hike at the tennis court parking lot. The trail is a crusher run rock accessible path traveling through the picnic area near the lake.|
|Distance||0.3 miles (loop)|
Piney Ridge Trail
|This short trail leads through pine and mixed oak forest. Elevations range from 950 to 1,100 feet.|
|Distance||1 mile (self-guided loop)|
|Difficulty||Easy but with hilly walking|
|Start from the bathhouse or the bridge near the beach. Elevations range from 900 to 1,080 feet. The trail leads past Oriskany Sandstone outcroppings on Warm Springs Ridge and Indian Run. Along the way, you may see pine and mixed hardwood trees, laurel, flowering shrubs and wildflowers in season.|
|Difficulty||Moderate with some midgrade uphill sections|
|Starting points and views are the same as the Central Trail, but move to a higher elevation of about 2,200 feet. The trail winds upward to the top of Cacapon Mountain, the highest mountain in the eastern panhandle. Birds and deer may be seen along this trail, especially in the morning hours.|
|Distance||5 miles (loop)|
|Difficulty||Somewhat difficult, rugged and steep|
Berkeley Springs State Park
Berkeley Springs State Park is just 10 miles from Cacapon Resort. The newly renovated Bath House first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in the warm mineral waters that flow from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The springs come from five principal sources and numerous lesser ones, all within a hundred yards, providing approximately 2,000 gallons of clear, sparkling water per minute. Enjoy bathing in the outdoor springs, a popular pastime since before the days of George Washington!
Berkeley Springs, WV
Voted USA Today’s Top 10 Best Small Southern Town in 2015, Berkeley Springs is a historic spa and art-filled town nestled in the West Virginia mountains only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area. It boasts warm mineral springs, world-class dining, blocks of distinctive shops, full-service spas and more than 100 lodging choices, from elegant B&Bs and historic inns, to cabins and resorts. Golf, hiking, biking and swimming share the schedule with year-round festivals, live music and theater. Friendly people, welcoming mountains and a sense of place mark Berkeley Springs as a getaway for all seasons and tastes.
The city of Martinsburg is situated along the old Cumberland Trail, just 36 miles from Cacapon State Park. While in Martinsburg, take a stroll through the Martinsburg Mall. Movie goers can take in a movie at the Hoyts Theater located adjacent to the mall. Dine at one of the many restaurants or enjoy a live musical rendition at the Apollo Theater.
Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia and definitely one of the most vibrant! Only 43 miles from Cacapon State Park, Shepherdstown is situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River. Noted for its fine cuisine, the gourmet restaurants offer an array of cultural foods. Many of the town’s historical buildings on German Street house quaint little gift shops and bakeries. Shepherdstown has plenty of entertainment like music, drama and film, rich history and many other elements of the arts that give you a real feel for uniquely West Virginia culture.
Charles Town, WV
Charles Town is home to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Just 47 miles from Cacapon State Park, the casino offers a spectacular gaming facility, thoroughbred racing year-round, superb on-site restaurants and a spacious food court. Action, excitement and true West Virginia hospitality is enjoyed by all!
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Just 53 miles from Cacapon State Park, Harpers Ferry offers visitors a chance to step back in time. This quaint, historic community is situated on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Join a guided ranger tour, visit the exhibits and museums, or just stroll the streets of this historic town. Noted for John Brown’s raid in 1859, which set the country in motion toward civil war, and being a refugee camp for thousands of runaway slaves, the Harpers Ferry area has served a pivotal role in the nation’s history.