Plan your Almost Heaven accessible getaway to a WV state park

West Virginia state parks and forests were created with everyone in mind, from lodging to a variety of activities, scenic viewing and more. Plan your accessible travel in Almost Heaven today!

Overnight Accommodations

Accessible lodge rooms and cabins are designated throughout the park system. All you have to do is choose your park and view amenities, from Chief Logan Lodge in the heart of Southern West Virginia to the newly renovated Cacapon Resort State Park in the Eastern Panhandle. If a cozy cabin is more to your liking, look to Lost River State Park or Watoga State Park. View a complete list of accessible accommodations here.

Trails, Boardwalks and Overlooks

Several parks offer paved trails that can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. The Gentle Trail at Blackwater Falls State Park leads to a viewing platform of the spectacular falls. The Spotted Salamander Trail at Kanawha State Forest features braille interpretive nature stations around the loop course. 

At Twin Falls Resort State Park, the Twin Oaks Trail provides a gentle walk on a quarter-mile trail.

Those with limited ability will be able to take in stunning views at the overlooks at Coopers Rock State Forest and Hawks Nest State Park. The observation deck at Cacapon Resort is accessible. Getting to the area requires a short drive to the site, but it’s worth the effort. 

Many state park lodges offer stunning viewsheds that are easily accessible. Take in a spectacular sunset over the lake as you dine on the patio at Tygart Lake State Park or enjoy views of the New River Gorge from the lodge dining room at Hawks Nest. The Cardinal Deck of the lodge at Pipestem Resort State Park offers jaw-dropping views of the Bluestone River Gorge. Visitors will also be rewarded with stunning views from the lodge portico at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Fishing

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources manages seasonal stockings on public lakes, streams and rivers throughout the state. Look for designated Class Q fishing areas like Mash Fork at Camp Creek State Park and Forest or accessible piers like those at Beech Fork and Tomlinson Run state parks. Consult the WVDNR for more information and to view a fishing interactive map.

Playgrounds

Parks have accessible playgrounds, with Kanawha State Forest having recently installed new accessible equipment adjacent to the Spotted Salamander Trail. A swing set features a wheelchair platform swing that operates with a pull chain and a child adaptive swing with back support and a secure front panel. Self-propelled spinner equipment is designed for inclusive play. A solid rubber surface is installed beneath the ADA-compliant swings and spinners.

Scenic Train Rides

The train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Board an authentic steam-driven locomotive for a train ride up the mountain to awe-inspiring overlooks at Whittaker Station and Bald Knob and Whittaker Station.

Plan Your Trip Today!

Everyone has different needs and abilities. If you have questions about a particular area or activity, speak with a park employee about your considerations.

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