Relax and recharge with these holiday retreats

The end of 2019 is coming fast. Can you believe it? As you head into the final months of the year, it’s easy to get caught up in tasks that need completed. Do you have a sales quota to meet or a project to finish? Whatever you’re stressing about, don’t let it keep you from enjoying the holidays with your friends and family. You need to relax.

You can take a vacation, but who wants to plan one this time of year? Especially when you can enjoy a hassle-free trip to a West Virginia state park instead. Go solo, bring your family or even plan an outing with your closest friends. Here’s a few trip ideas that will have everyone relaxed and recharged in time for the holidays.

Plan an outdoor adventure

Holidays during the fall months are a great time to get out and explore your favorite West Virginia state park. It’s an even better time to visit one you’ve never been to before. Parks are less crowded this time of year, so you can feel like you have nature all to yourself when you’re here.

Some parks have seasonal activities, but we suggest taking an early morning hike. The only thing more refreshing than breathing crisp mountain air and listening to the sound of leaves crunch beneath your feet is standing in awe of the beautiful views you’ll see when you hike at a state park. With hundreds of trails to choose from at nearly every state park, the opportunities for outdoor adventures are endless.

You can also go fishing in a clear mountain stream or lake. And if you enjoy hunting in the fall, many parks are located near state forests or wildlife management areas where hunting is permitted. Make it part of your trip. If you need to renew or purchase a license, visit www.wvhunt.com. For a map of public lands where you can hunt, go to www.mapwv.gov/huntfish.

Spend quality time with family

Stress comes and goes, but loved ones are always there for you. And no matter how busy you get, the company of friends and family helps put the world into perspective. Get the quality time you need by staying in a West Virginia state park cabin. There’s spacious cabins for the entire family at Blackwater Falls, Beech Fork, Chief Logan and North Bend and cozy cabins for you and special someone at Babcock, Bluestone, Lost River and Watoga.

With the quietness of nature insulating you from noisy distractions, you and your loved ones can relax and make happy memories together. Before you know it, spending the holidays at your favorite state park will be a family tradition you come back for each year.

Enjoy a resort day with friends

Know who needs a relaxing trip as much as you do? That friend you haven’t seen in a while because you’re both so busy. Already have someone in mind? Reconnect with them by inviting them on a resort day to Cacapon, Pipestem, Twin Falls, Canaan Valley or Stonewall.

Have a friendly competition to see who can reel in the biggest fish, trade stories over dinner at the park restaurant or simply get out and explore nature as if you were kids again. After a day of fun, settle into a lodge room for a good night’s rest and do it again the next day.

Ready for a holiday retreat? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Plan a trip

    Find the perfect park for you and come up with a fun and relaxing trip, whether you’re going on a solo trip, cabin getaway with family or resort day with friends.

  2. Book your stay

    Give yourself plenty of time to relax and recharge. Spend the weekend or extend your trip to a full week by staying in a cozy cabins or comfy lodge room.

  3. Make memories that last a lifetime

    Every step is an opportunity for adventure at West Virginia State Parks. Come with an adventurous spirit. Leave with happy memories you’ll never forget.

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