Take the WV State Park Adventure Challenge

Lots of memories are made at West Virginia state parks and forests.

Remember that first camping trip you took with your parents? Or perhaps you recall a rare bird sighting or a unique wildflower you found. Or maybe your favorite experience was learning to kayak or reeling in a rainbow trout.

To celebrate these one-of-a-kind moments, West Virginia State Parks has created the Ultimate Adventurer Challenge and the Junior Adventurer Challenge, inviting both expert and beginner adventurers of all ages to discover new destinations and adventures within the state park system.

Suggested activities

Our Adventurer Challenge is designed to inspire you to visit a new park or try a new experience. 

Visit the pollinator fields at Chief Logan or Cacapon Resort state parks to discover a wide variety of beautiful wildflowers. Check out the new Adventure Lakes filled with inflatables at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks. Hike to a scenic overlook at Blackwater Falls and Hawks Nest state parks or Coopers Rock State Forest to watch the watch the clouds roll by.

People come to our parks to experience the natural beauty of Almost Heaven, but there also are a wide variety of recreational activities offered, including boating, horseback riding, golf, zipline aerial tours, mountain biking and more. There’s also naturalist programs and other live entertainment designed to appeal to every age group and interest. 

Plan an overnight stay and choose from tent and RV camping to a variety of cabins, cottages, and lodge rooms. Craft a custom experience for your Adventure Challenge!

How the WV State Parks Adventure Challenge works

Request an Ultimate Adventurer Challenge card and use it to keep track of your adventures across Almost Heaven. Once you complete each challenge, make sure to get your challenge card stamped at any park office or gift shop.

Post a photo on your Twitter or Instagram account after each challenge using #AlmostHeaven and #WVstateparks. We can’t wait to see photos from your state park explorations!

Turn in your completed card at one of the following West Virginia State Parks gift shops:

Challenge finishers will receive an exclusive West Virginia State Parks gift pack. Be sure to also fill out an entry form at the gift shop and you’ll be entered to win a free year of state park lodging. 

Kids are invited to join in the fun, too! Parents can request a Junior Adventurer Challenge card for their children. As your child finishes each challenge, initial the card to indicate it has been completed.

Turn in the completed card at one of the West Virginia State Parks gift shops listed above and your child will receive an exclusive West Virginia State Parks Junior Adventurer Challenge medal and certificate.

Pick a park and start planning your Almost Heaven getaway today! And don’t forget to complete and submit your challenge cards. Learn how here.

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