Your Guide to the Perfect Winter Trip at a State Park

Enjoy Thrills and Excitement this Winter with the Whole Family

It may be cold outside, but West Virginia State Parks are the hottest place to be this winter season. There are activities galore and you can delight yourself with beautiful landscapes, so there’s always something to do. This is a perfect time to experience the wonders West Virginia state parks and forests offer during the winter. Not sure what to do on your trip? Now worries! Here’s your go-to guide for the perfect day in a West Virginia State Park.

Start your day out with an adventure!

There are many thrilling activities to enjoy during the winter season. There’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, ice skating, hiking and sightseeing. No matter what you and your family are interested in, there is a winter adventure just for you!

If you are looking for snow days packed with excitement, visit the parks in the Potomac Highlands region and take advantage of all the excitement at Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. Start your trip by shredding the slopes at Canaan. The resort offers slopes for all skill levels. For ski packages, click here. Any thrill seeker knows that one trip down the slopes is never enough. For more excitement, head on over to Blackwater Falls for a race down the longest sled run on the East Coast. Take a ride on the Magic Carpet that whisks you up the hill and then cruise down on fresh white powder. Be sure to warm up afterwards at the snack bar and get yourself some of the best tasting hot chocolate in the state! For sledding times and rental prices, click here.


If you’re looking for a more reflective adventure, hit the trails and take in the beauty of the West Virginia winterscape. Several state parks offer hiking and cross-country skiing trails perfect for getting out and enjoying the scenic wonder of blanketed mountains and sparkling snowy treetops. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park offers hiking trails and gorgeous scenic views of the Greenbrier Valley. Some of the trails are suitable for cross-country skiing as well. Visitors to the Greenbrier area can also hike and ski on the quiet and secluded Greenbrier River Trail, which snakes through some of the most remote areas in the state. So, unplug, strap on some snowshoes and enjoy the serene beauty of snow-covered forest.

Get Warm After a Day of Fun

With so much to do, it’s impossible to stay at a state park for only one day. That’s why many of our parks have comfortable and modern cabins and lodge accommodations. With all the comforts of home, you are sure to find the perfect place to warm up after a cold day outside.


After a day of speeding down Canaan Valley State Park’s slopes and trails, relax in their luxurious resort. Enjoy gorgeous views from your lodge room, cabin, or cottage. Warm up by a crackling wood burning fireplace and dive into a good book. You will have built up an appetite after all that activity out on the slopes. Canaan Valley Resort offers a variety of dining options for any appetite and group size. For even more relaxation and indulgence, visit the Spa at Canaan. The Hot Stone Massage is sure to warm those tired chilled bones.

For those wishing to stay hidden among the treetops, Twin Falls Resort State Park offers secluded lodging high on the wooded ridge in the rugged mountains of Wyoming County in southern West Virginia. Cross-country skiers and winter hike enthusiasts can crash at this newly renovated lodge after a long day of chilly exploration. Visitors can also enjoy the indoor pool and fitness center and on-site restaurant.  In addition to the lodge, there are also 14 secluded cabins, each with a stone fireplace. Nothing could be more peaceful than a quiet evening by the warming fire secluded in the frosty mountains.

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