Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations are maintained in consideration of our guests and to protect resources within West Virginia State Parks and State Forests. Please be sure that all members of your party are aware of these guidelines prior to arrival. While this abridged listing does not include all regulations pertaining to activities in state parks and forests, it does address some of the more common questions and concerns. Full lists of rules and regulations are posted at each park area.

Unlawful Acts in State Parks and State Forests include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Destroying, defacing, disturbing or removing any part of any building, sign, structure or equipment.
  • Destroying, cutting, breaking, removing, defacing, mutilating, injuring, taking or gathering any tree, shrub, other plant or plant part, rock, mineral, or geological feature except by permit issued by the Division.
  • Failure to pay for rental charges or other fees required for park and facility use.
  • All fires must be confined to designated grills or areas.
  • Hunting, trapping or other harassment of wildlife
    • Note: Hunting and trapping are permitted in state forests.
  • Feeding wildlife.
  • Acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in annoyance to others.
  • Littering and/or dumping any refuse or waste, including grey water, from any trailer or other vehicle except in places or receptacles provided for such use.
  • Dogs and cats are the only pets permitted in state parks and forests.  Pets must be leashed and restrained.
  • Explosives, incendiaries, flammables and other dangerous substances are prohibited in state parks, state forests.
  • Hawking, peddling, soliciting, begging, advertising, or carrying on any business or commercial enterprise is prohibited in state parks, and state forests without the written permission of the Director of the Division of Natural Resources.
  • Operating vehicles in a reckless manner, or in excess of posted speed limits, or in areas other than those specifically intended for vehicular traffic.
  • Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m
Download complete set of General Rules here.

Campground Rules & Regulations

General Campground Policy

  • Not more than 2 motor vehicles are permitted on a campsite at any time.  
  • A non-family camping group may have only one camping unit (tent, trailer, motor home, camper van, etc).
  • A family camping group, at the discretion of the area superintendent, may be permitted to have 1 or 2 small tents on a campsite in addition to the main camping unit, but in no case may the additional units damage the campsite, this must be approved prior to set up.
  • A family unit is defined as parents or guardians and their dependent children.
  • One person, 18 years of age or older, must occupy and be responsible for the rented campsite.
  • Camping is only permitted at designated and numbered sites.

Written Cancellation Policy
Reservations canceled at least 60 days prior to arrival may request a refund for the deposit paid.  Reservations cancelled within 60 days of arrival, the paid deposit will be refunded as a customer credit for a future reservation, provided the guest notifies the state Park about the cancellation more than seven (7) days prior to the reservation date.  Refunds will not be permitted for reservations cancelled within seven (7) days of arrival.

Written Deposit Policy
Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Check In
Check in is 1 p.m.

Check Out
Check out is noon.

Download complete set of Camping Rules here and Swimming Rules here.