The Best Places to Take in a Sunrise or a Sunset in WV State Parks

Sunrise (or Sunset) Over the Water

Anglers will tell you the best thing about fishing (aside from the catch, of course) is the breathtaking sunrise they can watch from their boat. There is just something peaceful and calming about sunrise over the water when the day is just waking up. At Bluestone State Park, the sunrise across the lake is gorgeous. If you don’t have a boat you can snag a prime viewing spot from the fishing deck below the office.

Tygart Lake State Park has jaw-dropping sunsets over the water you can view from your boat or from the marina parking lot. Visitors to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will also find a beautiful sunrise over the Greenbrier River from the Greenbrier River Trail which runs through the park.

Stunning Overlooks

Look to the east—the Eastern Panhandle, specifically—for some great views at Cacapon Resort State Park. You can catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset at the Cacapon Mountain Overlook. Hikers finishing out the day might want to plan their treks on the Ziler Loop Trail or Laurel Trail, both of which have scenic overlook spots for a good sunset.

The Allegheny Mountains running through eastern West Virginia present some high-altitude, amazing views. Start with Blackwater Falls State Park, where you can catch sunsets over the Blackwater River Canyon at Lindy Point and Pendleton Point, as well as the overlook at the lodge. Just down the road, Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers a prime sunset-watching spot from Bald Knob near the ski area. You can hike the trail to the top or enjoy a relaxing ride on the chair lift.

If you can’t wake up early enough to catch the sunrise from the Tower Overlook at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, just wait until evening. Pack a picnic lunch and stick around to watch the sinking sun paint pretty colors over the hills at Briery Knob Overlook. This Civil War Trails site is a day-use park but you can find campground and cabins lodging nearby at Watoga State Park.

Southern West Virginia has its share of beautiful views, too. Campers and horseback riders at Camp Creek State Park & Forest will find a great overlook for sunset at the junction of the Almost Heaven Trail and the Turkey Loop Trail. The forest also has an incredible view of sunrise from a spot along Neely Knob Trail that has a picnic table perfectly placed for taking a break and viewing.

Pipestem Resort State Park offers several locations for observing a sunset or sunrise. Beautiful sunsets have been captured at McKeever Lodge overlooking the Bluestone River Gorge and at the Bolar Lookout Tower just down the road. Meanwhile, spectacular sunrises can be viewed from the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course.

In the neighborhood of Pipestem and Bluestone, the day-use park of Pinnacle Rock State Park has its very own viewing station. “The park has a bench I installed many years ago for the reason of sitting at for the sunset. It is among the best “wow” experiences,” said Bluestone State Park Superintendent Frank Ratcliffe.

Where is your favorite sunset or sunrise? Tag and share your photos using #WVstateparks. Start planning your spring or summer state park getaway in Almost Heaven.

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