Plan a memorable stay in a unique dwelling at West Virginia state parks

Sometimes a getaway calls for accommodations that are just a bit different from the usual overnight fare. From glamping to group lodging, each of these dwellings offers a unique experience that’s guaranteed to create a shared memory that you and your friends will never forget.

Recapture life in an early 20th century logging town

Travel back in time to experience the charm of the historic logging town of Cass. Visitors to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park can book a stay in one of the white frame Company Houses that line the street of this charming mountain town.

These restored two-story houses come in 2, 3, and 4-bedroom configurations and some can accommodate up to 14 people. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens and linens, bathrooms and showers, TV, WiFi, and propane heat and central air. Two houses are ADA accessible.

Travel to a remote location

When you really want to get away from it all, Camp Creek State Park and Forest offers the perfect scenic secluded retreat in the mountains. The park’s Ranger Outpost Cabin is accessed via a 3.3-mile hike into the forest and leads to beautiful views and outdoor adventures.

The primitive cabin features a studio-style interior with four bunk beds and a loft with a twin bed. Outside you’ll find a cooking grate, fire ring, picnic table and toilet. Guests must bring their own bedding, lights, water and food.

Set atop Big Ridge Mountain near the historic Lost River Fire Tower, the Primitive Outpost Cabin at Lost River State Park is accessed via a 2-mile hike through the woods. Guests can backpack to the cabin or contact the park stables to have a horse ride you up.

The cabin has a bunk bed with two queen-size mattresses and a dining room set and chairs. Private outdoor latrines are located on site.

‘Glamp’ in style

If you love the closeness to nature you get from sleeping in a tent, but hate the hassle of setting up one, then a Tentrr might fit the bill.

These spacious canvas safari tents are set on platforms and furnished with a mattress for a good night’s sleep, Adirondack chairs for stargazing, and a fire pit to keep you warm. Tentrrs are ideal for families with young children because the main safari tent is roomy enough to fit a pack ‘n play or even a twin air mattress next to the tent bed.

Tentrr sites are available at Blackwater Falls State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Coopers Rock State Forest, Cacapon Resort State Park and Lost River State Park.

Once you’ve booked your Tentrr reservation, all you need to pack for the campsite is bedding, dishes and flashlights. (Firewood must be purchased at the park.)

Tomlinson Run State Park offers a different experience in a furnished tent called a yurt. These circular dwellings consist of a durable fabric cover stretched over a wood frame with a frame door. A 5-person yurt comes with a cooler, propane stove, lantern, picnic table and cookware, and one set of bunk beds.

Gather your group under one roof

If you’re planning a family reunion or group get-together, The Old Inn at Cacapon Resort State Park will meet all your needs. This hand-hewn log structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps was the first lodge in the West Virginia park system.

The inn sleeps up to 32 people and features 12 bedrooms with 8 full baths and 1 half bath. One The bedroom on the first floor is ADA accessible, as is the remainder of the first floor, including the sitting room, common room, dining room, kitchen and a half bath.

The kitchen is fully equipped for large groups with a commercial stove, ice machine, two refrigerators, two dishwashers, commercial microwave, commercial coffee maker, toaster, pots and pans, and dishes. Other amenities include cable TV and WiFi.

 All unique dwelling opportunities at state parks are by advanced reservation.

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