Relax and recharge with these holiday retreats

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to slow down and relax. As we enter the holiday season over the next few weeks, we want to encourage you to focus on what matters most: showing your family members how much you love them, giving thanks for the simple things in life and resting your mind, body and soul.

Here at West Virginia State Parks, that’s what we’re all about. If you need help enjoying some peace and quiet, here’s a few trip ideas that will have you feeling relaxed and recharged.

Spend quality time with family

There’s a good chance you spent a lot of time inside this year, so a change of scenery will probably do wonders for you and your family. Enjoy quality time together by staying in a West Virginia state park. Go camping at Beech Fork State Park or spend the night in the lodge at Chief Logan State Park or Tygart Lake State Park. Other parks with great accommodations this time of year include Pipestem and Twin Falls resorts, where you can camp and stay in the lodge.

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

Plan an outdoor adventure

West Virginia’s state parks are less crowded during the late fall months, so now is a perfect time to get outside and explore your favorite park or one you haven’t visited before. Take an early morning hike and enjoy the relaxing sights and sounds and soothing mountain air. With hundreds of trails across the parks system, 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 wvhunt.com. For a map of public lands where you can hunt, go to mapwv.gov/huntfish.

Ready for some rest and relaxation? 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.

  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.

As you travel this fall, please remember to observe CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks in close proximity to others. For updates on COVID-19 in West Virginia, click here. For West Virginia State Parks travel alerts, click here.

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