About This Park

Camp Creek State Park and Forest is known for beautiful waterfalls and great camping. With nearly 6,000 acres of lush forest, 35 miles of trails and seven miles of seasonally stocked trout streams, there is something for every hiker, biker, horseback rider and angler to explore and enjoy. Located in Mercer County, two miles off Interstate 77, Camp Creek is ideal for family vacations and stop-overs during a long drive through the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia.

Camp Creek State Park and Forest

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Outdoor Adventures

Accomodations

Camping

Camp Creek State Park and Forest has four campgrounds, all of which include picnic tables, grills and fire rings. Online camping reservations coming soon! West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.

Mash Fork Campground is open year-round, and contains 26 trailer/tent sites, 16 with electrical hookups, seven with water and electric hookups and three with full hookups. The campground is equipped with Wi-Fi and a heated bathhouse.

Blue Jay Campground, open April through November, includes 12 rustic tent sites.

The Double C Horse and Rider Campground, open April through October, is by reservation only. Two, four or six horse occupancy sites are available. Riders may bring as many horses as their campsite stall accommodates.

The Pack It In – Pack It Out Campground has sites for campers who want to travel away from the mainstream facilities. To reach the campsite, guests must hike or bike more than two miles to the Almost Heaven Road and Trail. Make sure to reserve your spot before arriving.

History

Camp Creek State Park became part of the West Virginia parks system in 1987 after 550 acres were marked off from the existing Camp Creek State Forest. The name of Mash Fork, one of the park’s streams, suggests a moonshining past not uncommon in the region.

 

Trails

Almost Heaven Road and Trail

Although this trail is a level grade, it must first be accessed by hiking 2.3 miles along the Farley Ridge Road and Trail.
Distance 0.6 Miles
Difficulty Easy

Bear Wallow Road and Trail

This is a loop trail that starts and ends above the Falls/Forest Access parking area.
Distance 5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Blue Jay Ridge Road and Trail

This trailhead is to the right of Blue Jay Campground site 12.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Moderate

Deer Crossing Road and Trail

This scenic trail connects the two longest trails in the forest — Bear Wallow and Turkey Loop — by crossing through Wildlife Area 7 and Bear Creek and joining with White Oak Road and Trail.
Distance 1.2 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Farley Ridge Road and Trail

This trailhead is across the paved park road from the playground next to the basketball court.
Distance 3.3 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Hatfield Road and Trail

This trail is best accessed by a 1-mile hike along White Oak Road & Trail.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Horse Bypass Trail

This trailhead starts across the paved road from the Mash Fork Picnic Shelter at the beginning of the gravel road leading to Mash Fork Falls. This level trail is used to bypass the shelter and picnic areas in the developed area of the park. This is required of all horses and riders as they are not allowed in the main picnic areas. It is also a nice bypass for hikers choosing to use it.
Distance 0.7 miles
Difficulty Easy

Mash Fork Falls Trail

This steep scenic trail may be accessed by parking at the playground next to the basketball court and hiking .8 mile on the Farley Ridge trail to the trailhead of Mash Fork Falls Trail.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Difficult

McCoy Road and Trail

This trail is accessed from either the Turkey Loop or Farley Ridge Road and Trails.
Distance 1.8 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Neely Knob Road and Trail

This trail passes through a variety of habitats, including Wildlife Area 9, and is relatively easy for much of the way and moderately steep in others. The trail also passes by the highest elevation peak, Neely Knob, and has several beautiful views of the distant mountains.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Piney Ridge Trail

This steep scenic trail may be accessed by parking next to the Mash Fork picnic shelter and hiking .1 mile adjacent to Mash Fork campground site 22 to the Piney Ridge trailhead.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Turkey Loop Road and Trail

This trailhead is located at the Campbell Falls/Forest Access parking area. On this trail, there are nine creek crossings and a tributary stream to ford before crossing the bridge below Mash Fork Falls, so keep the water level in mind. Most of the park and forest trails to the west of Bear Creek intersect at some point with Turkey Loop Road and Trail.
Distance 8.7 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Waldrodn Spur Road and Trail

This trailhead is next to the seasonal hunter parking area 2.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Easy

White Oak Road and Trail

This trail starts 1.2 miles upstream on Turkey Loop Road and Trail from the Campbell Falls/Forest Access. At the bottom of the seasonal hunter parking area, enter this easy trail through a thick grove of rhododendron on either side.
Distance 1.4 miles
Difficulty Easy

 

Additional Information

Picnicking

Pack a picnic! Picnic areas at Camp Creek can accommodate up to 200 people and are all equipped with tables, fireplaces or grills, restroom facilities and drinking water. Five picnic shelters are available for advance rental. Rentals are based on a first-come, first-served basis and can be rented the first day of each month for the following year.

Nearby Attractions

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia

Visit one of the best places to get a real taste of West Virginia culture! Located just off Exit 45 near Beckley, Tamarack is a large arts and crafts facility with locally made gifts, food products & more. You can’t miss it with its red-peaked roof!

Crossroads Mall

Care for a bit of shopping? Crossroads Mall, located off Interstate 77 within miles of Beckley, has more than 50 popular stores and restaurants. In addition to shopping and dining, the mall is host to several free community and family events and programs throughout the year.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

At the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine visitors can tour an underground mine, coal camp and museum. The hands-on exhibitions and underground coal mining tour offer wonderful opportunities for visitors to learn, explore and interact with West Virginia history.

Grandview

Part of the New River Gorge National River, Grandview is a peaceful place to relax and unwind while enjoying outstanding views of southern West Virginia. Located about 10 miles from Beckley, Grandview overlooks the New River, has a visitor center, five hiking trails, ranger-led walks and talks, summer outdoor dramas and picnic areas with playgrounds.

Theatre West Virginia Outdoor Dramas

Theatre West Virginia offers dramas and musicals in an outdoor amphitheater with the dramatic views of the New River Gorge serving as a backdrop. The amphitheater is located near Grandview in Beaver, and is open during the summer.

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