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.

Note: Cacapon Lodge is undergoing a transformation and expansion. Upon arrival, visitors will find and observe construction in progress that adds more rooms and amenities. Contractors are active from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The park staff appreciates visitors understanding and patience.

Accommodations

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Activities

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  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • DeerViewing
    Hunting
  • Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Swimming
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History

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.

Dining

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.

Trails

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.

Distance:  0.75 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Central Trail

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.

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate with some midgrade uphill sections

Laurel Trail

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

Multi-purpose Trail

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)

Difficulty: Easy

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

Ridge Trail

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.

Distance:  1.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate with some midgrade uphill sections

Ziler Loop

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

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