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 Exit 20 on I-77, Camp Creek is ideal for family vacations and stop-overs during a long drive through the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia.

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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.

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