About This Park

Little Beaver State Park is a 562-acre day-use park that features many outdoor recreational opportunities. At the center of the park is an 18-acre lake where anglers may fish year-round. Nearly 20 miles of trails challenge hikers, while picnic areas are perfect for family get-togethers and reunions.

Little Beaver State Park

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
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    ATV
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
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    Golf
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Adventures
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    Rafting
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History

Little Beaver State Park was established in 1972 as a day-use park, but the site had been a recreational attraction for 4-H campers and anglers since the 1940s when the damming of Little Beaver Creek created an 18-acre lake. In 2011, the park was upgraded with 46 camping sites, expanding opportunities for this popular family reunion and vacation destination.

Camping

Little Beaver State Park’s campground has 16 sites with water hookups and 30 with electric and water. The campground features a large bathhouse with laundry facilities, a central dump station, wireless Internet access at the camp store, picnic tables and grills. Firewood and ice are available for purchase upon your arrival. West Virginia State Park campground reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis after Labor Day.

Group Camping

Little Beaver State Park also has a large, primitive group camping area that can accommodate up to 50 guests. There is a per-night rental fee with rentals available on a first-come, first-served basis with check-in prior to set up.

Trails

Beaver Creek Trail

Many seasonal wildflowers and a stand of virgin pine and oak are features of this trail that encircles a portion of Beaver Creek. The trail runs above the lake.
Distance 0.7 miles
Difficulty Easy

Billy Goat’s Gruff

This is a challenging bike trail full of rocks and steep inclines.
Distance 0.6 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Creek Bed

A wooded trail perfect for bikers and hikers.
Distance 0.4 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Crooked Rock Trail

Very rocky and challenging trail with steep terrain.
Distance 1.2 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Deer Trail

An open trail with changing terrain. The trail changes from an open field to a steep wooded incline.
Distance 0.8 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Drop Off

Starts off moderate and then becomes very steep.
Distance 0.4 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Easy Street

This trail is wooded with moderate changing terrain.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Hemlock Trail

This trail cuts through a stand of hemlocks.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Laurel Creek

This trail is 2.6 miles and is the second longest trail in the park. It follows the park boundary along Country Club Road and is an easy to moderate walk with changing scenery.
Distance 2.6 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Lake Front Trail

A loop trail that follows the lakefront.
Distance 1.1 miles
Difficulty Easy

Nature Ridge

This trail has an incline, sometimes steep, that follows the ridge above the lake.
Distance 2.2 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Railroad Grade

This trail features scenery ranges from deep woods to open meadows. The trail has a gentle loop that follows Laurel Run Creek.
Distance 1.95 miles
Difficulty Easy

Rhododendron Run

This trail is the longest in the park. It follows the park boundary with extreme terrain challenges to bikers and hikers.
Distance 2.5 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Stone Trough

Rocky and steep wooded trail with changing terrain.
Distance 0.9 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Topper’s Ridge

This rocky trail is a moderate to extreme trail for bikers.
Distance 0.7 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Turkey Spur

A short rocky trail that runs along a ridge spur.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Easy

Weaver Way

This wooded trail features changing terrain.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate
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Additional Information

Picnicking

Choose Little Beaver State Park for your next get-together! There are five picnic shelters and other picnic areas with tables and grills that can accommodate family reunions, birthdays and other gatherings. Playgrounds are available for the little ones as well.

Nearby Attractions

Tamarack

Come to Tamarack for “The Best of West Virginia”. Located at Exit 45 near Beckley, this is a must-see stop for its uniquely West Virginian crafted art, gifts, food products and more.

Winterplace Ski Resort

Located in Ghent, on Raleigh County’s Flat Top Mountain, Winterplace is West Virginia’s southernmost ski resort. This popular winter attraction has 90 acres of slopes, and is a short drive off Interstate 77.

Glade Springs Resort

Located a few miles from Interstate 64 and 77, Glade Springs Resort offers a variety of recreational activities, like golfing, skiing, fly-fishing and horseback riding. It also has a full-service spa, state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities and lodging accommodations all at your fingertips.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

Go back in time at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine! Visitors may 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’s history.

Grandview National Park

Located about 10 miles from Beckley and part of the New River Gorge National River, Grandview is a peaceful place to relax and unwind while enjoying outstanding views.

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 its backdrop. The amphitheater is located near Grandview in Beaver, and is open during the summer.

Twin Falls Resort State Park

Visit Twin Falls Resort State Park, one of West Virginia’s 10 lodge parks! The park offers hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as golfing and tours of a pioneer farm.

Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park’s famous Glade Creek Grist Mill is just 21 miles southeast of Hawks Nest State Park on U.S. Route 60. It offers a lake for fishing and boating, hiking trails, and campgrounds and cabins.

Hawks Nest State Park

This 276-acre park with a lodge and restaurant is known for its scenic overlooks of the New River Gorge. Visitors can ride the aerial tramway to the bottom of the gorge and ride a jetboat to the base of the New River Gorge Bridge.

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Bluestone State Park is best known for its variety of water-oriented activities on Bluestone Lake, West Virginia’s third largest body of water. One day out on this lake will have you returning for many more!

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