Things to Do
Take to the skies and get a little closer to Almost Heaven on your aerial tour through some of West Virginia’s most popular state parks.
If you’re an adventure seeker, you won’t want to miss your chance to ride the Pipestem Peaks Zipline Tour, one of the most extensive zip line systems in the East. Strap in and soar through the treetops like the bald eagles that have made their home in Pipestem Resort, southern West Virginia’s premier family adventure resort.
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If you prefer a slower ride where you can relax and enjoy a unique view of West Virginia’s iconic mountain scenery, take a trip on the aerial tram at Pipestem or Hawks Nest, which whisk you down thousands of feet into the Bluestone and New River gorges. Pipestem’s tram is open daily during the summer, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (The tram closes for routine maintenance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.) Tickets may be purchased at the Canyon Rim Center. Hawks Nest’s tram is open daily during the summer, except on Wednesdays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the park lodge.
Experience one-of-a-kind views of West Virginia’s iconic mountain scenery with a trip on an aerial tram.
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West Virginia is home to world class ATV riding, including the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. The Hatfield-McCoy trails are one of the largest public off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world with more than 600 miles of trail in the mountains of Southern West Virginia. ATV riding is also available through tourism outfitters on private trails. You can take advantage of West Virginia's best ATV riding while staying at one of three parks near trail heads. Chief Logan, Little Beaver, and Twin Falls Resort State Park are all located nearby trails for motorized recreation. While ATV use is not permitted in the parks, West Virginia State Parks are the perfect place to unwind after an exciting day on the trails!Book Now
Blackwater Falls Sled Run
Blackwater Falls Sled Run
Experience the thrill of racing down more than a quarter mile of fresh mountain snow on the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park. The longest sled run on the East Coast, the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park is a must-do every year. Create cherished memories and experience wintertime fun with friends and family at Blackwater Falls.
$26 weekends & holidays
children under 5 ride free with an adult
December 18, 2020 to March 21, 2021
Closing date subject to weather
Thursday - Sunday
Dec. 28, 29 & 30, 2020
10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays only
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Sled Run Tips
- Tickets are valid for one two-hour session. The sled run closes for one hour between each session.
- To redeem an online purchase, simply print your email confirmation or save it to your smart phone and present it to receive a ticket.
- Same day tickets may not be purchased online or by phone, but a limited number may be available for walk-ins at the sled run.
- Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes early to attend a safety briefing prior to the start of the session.
- Guests are encouraged to come dressed in proper winter weather gear. The sled run speeds down the hill, so make sure you are dressed for the crisp winter wind and snow.
Ride the Magic Carpet
The Blackwater Sled Run is more than a perfectly groomed hill. Half the fun is riding to the top on our conveyor belt, the Magic Carpet. Our Magic Carpet is the longest on the east coast and takes riders through a cozy wooded path to the top of the hill right in their sleds. Ride up and sled down – it’s fun both ways! Watch the time-lapse video of ride to the top to get an idea for what it's like.
Equipment & Safety
- All guests need to do is come dressed warm and ready for the sled run! The park provides the sled and all necessary equipment.
- Children 8 years old and younger must ride with an adult. Age requirements may be raised depending on hill conditions at the time of the sled session.
- While we love our furry friends, pets are not allowed on the sled hill and must be kept on a leash while visiting the park.
- Make sure to keep the main areas clear to allow room for your fellow sledders gearing up for the ride.
- Social distancing reminders and hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the sled run and Warming Hut areas.
- A statewide indoor face covering requirement remains in effect, and visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe social distance.
- Safety remains the top priority for West Virginia’s state parks and forests. Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented throughout the day and after hours at the sled run and Warming Hut areas.
Hit the water for a nice relaxing day spent soaking up the sun. Many of the West Virginia state parks located on or near lakes have accompanying boating privileges and rentals. For fun days on the water, Bluestone, Beech Fork, North Bend, Stonewall, Watoga, and Tygart Lake state parks are all great options! Be sure to check the individual park page before visiting to see if certain boating regulations are required.
West Virginia State Parks offers camping you won’t find anywhere else. Sleep under the stars in some of the darkest skies on the East Coast. Pitch a tent, bring a camper, or even try a yurt! With more than 1,500 camp sites at 27 different parks across the state, we’ve got sites to accommodate all kinds of campers and trips. Family adventure? Fishing weekend? Hiking trip? We've got something for everyone. Pick your park and pack the car. It's time to go camping.
Campground reservations are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. In the off-season months, campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through Oct. 31. A limited number of park campgrounds are open for year-round camping. Campgrounds open in winter, with some limitations include: Beech Fork, Camp Creek, Canaan Valley, Pipestem and Twin Falls state parks, and Cabwaylingo State Forest.Book Now
Get your family hooked on fishing by taking them to a West Virginia state park or forest. Our lakes and streams are stocked with trout, bass, bluegill and other sport fish. State parks and forests are some of the best places for new anglers to catch a fish, and many of our top spots are easily accessible for people of all skill sets. But before you head out on your trip, make sure you have a current license and stamps. If you don't have one, purchase one today at www.wvfish.com.
Announced trout stockings
Several state park and forest lakes and streams receive announced trout stockings in the spring. While getting a fish to bite requires some skill and a little luck, casting a line in stocked waters gives you and your family a better chance to catch a fish. Stockings are planned in March, April and May.
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Fishing at parks and forests is steeped in West Virginia tradition and has been enjoyed by families for generations. So, come for the day, or stay for a weekend. Cast a line and enjoy the many other weekend activities at our beautiful parks and forests. You'll see why fishing at state parks and forests is so much fun! If you need overnight accommodations, many of our parks and forests have cabins or lodge rooms. But hurry! They book up fast.Book Now
Looking for some treasure? If you have a smartphone and a sense of adventure, then treasure awaits you in West Virginia’s state parks! Individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share their locations on the internet. GPS users then use location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache provides the site visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is leave something for the cache if they take something. For more information about this fun activity, visit www.geocaching.com.
If you are interested in placing a cache in an area managed by West Virginia State Parks, fill out and submit this application. A permit issued by West Virginia State Parks is required before placing a cache. Permits are good for one year from the date issued. Our guidelines ensure a safe caching experience. Below, is a list of caches at West Virginia state parks and forests. Happy searching!
Audra State Park
Babcock State Park
Beech Fork State Park
Beartown State Park
Blackwater Falls State Park
Cacapon Resort State Park
Camp Creek State Park
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Cathedral State Park
Cedar Creek State Park
Chief Logan State Park
Coopers Rock State Forest
Wanna Go To The Can On Ridge Trail
Scott Run Excursion
Clay Run Copper
Jen in Wonderland
Indycam’s Picnic Spot
Raven's rock trail, favMos first cache
Patrick's Scout Project
The Gold Bug
The Space Between
Top of the Rocks
Henry Clay Iron Furnace
You Can't Fight Evil With a Macaroni Duck
Mountaineers are Always Free
Fairfax Stone State Park
Forks of Coal State Natural Area
Holly River State Park
Kanawha State Forest
Kumbrabow State Forest
Lost River State Park
Moncove Lake State Park
North Bend Rail Trail
North Bend State Park
Pinnacle Rock State Park
Pipestem Resort State Park
Prickett's Fort State Park
Stonewall Resort State Park
Tomlinson Run State Park
Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Twin Falls Resort State Park
Tygart Lake State Park
Valley Falls State Park
Watoga State Park
Beaver Creek Campground
Beaver Creek Campsite
Buck's Run Cabin Area
Island Lick Cabin Area
Old Cabin 3 at Watoga
Pine Run Cabin Area
Watoga CCC Tribute
Watoga Primitive Campsite
Watoga Recreation Hall
Watoga Riverside Campground
Watoga Riverside Campground Trailhead
Watoga Southside Building
Watoga Swimming Pool
Watoga Trail Overlook
Watters Smith Memorial State ParkBook Now
Perfect your golf game on some of West Virginia’s most picturesque golf courses!
It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur to the game of golf or an expert. West Virginia State Parks has golf courses you will enjoy!Our state park greens are expertly designed and manicured by famous course architects. Arnold Palmer designed the Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort, and Geoffrey Cornish designed the ones at Canaan Valley Resort and Pipestem Resort State Park. Additional 18-hole courses are available at Twin Falls (designed by Cornish with a later addition by George Cobb, Sr.), and Cacapon Resort (a Robert Trent Jones masterpiece). Tee up with friends, play a game with business partners or even bring the family for a relaxing day on the greens!
It’s tee time in Almost Heaven. Perfect your golf game with a West Virginia State Parks golf season pass and enjoy incredible golfing year-round.
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State Parks offer resort amenities and outdoor activities
While you’re polishing up your golf game, why not take the time to explore our resorts? Each park has many amenities and outdoor activities to fill up a day or weekend! Book an overnight stay in one of our resort lodges and enjoy a relaxing golf getaway in the scenic mountains of Almost Heaven, West Virginia.Book Now
Get out and explore the great outdoors! No matter what kind of hiker you are, you’ll find a trail to love at any of the West Virginia State Parks. From easy loops to challenging climbs, you’ll enjoy a nature-filled hike through the trees and mountains and maybe even stumble upon a newfound mountain vista! Before you head out, make sure to stop by any of the park offices to pick up a trail guide.
February is Heart & Sole month. Hike trails and pathways at any West Virginia state park or state forest, record your miles and send your information to [email protected]. At the end of the month, hikers reporting hike miles will receive a Heart & Sole medallion via U.S. Postal. There is no enrollment or fee to participate. Information needed is the name of the hikers, mailing address and miles hikes. Any notes about hiking, state parks or outdoor experiences is welcomed.Book Now
What better way to see West Virginia’s nature and wildlife than from a trusty steed? Explore the mountains by horseback and discover new adventures at every turn in a tranquil setting. Cacapon, Lost River and Pipestem Resort State Park have stables on site and offer guided trail rides. Camp Creek State Park and Forest and Holly River State Park offer horseback riding trails and equestrian camping for visitors traveling with horses.Book Now
West Virginia is known for its outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. Fortunately, West Virginia state forests are open to hunting during both small and big game seasons. You’ll find rental cabins and campgrounds at Cabwaylingo, Greenbrier, Kumbrabow and Seneca state forests. Calvin Price State Forest conveniently borders Watoga State Park, which is equipped with both cabins and a campground. Camping is also available at other state forests, including Camp Creek, Coopers Rock, and Panther. Before you hit the woods, be sure to purchase proper licenses and stamps, available at www.wvhunt.com.
Mountain Biking Trails
Mountain Biking Trails
Become a mountain biking pro in no time! Bring your bicycle to zip through the state park trails and get a little closer to nature. You’ll find trails at any state park to pair with your level of skill, comfort, and experience in mountain biking. If you’re looking for a long leisurely ride, try the North Bend Rail Trail or the Greenbrier River Trail. If you need a map of any of the trails, stop by a park office before you head out!Book Now
Museums and Historical Sites
Museums and Historical Sites
There’s no shortage of fascinating history in these hills! Many of the West Virginia State Parks were designated state parks because of the history surrounding the area. These historic parks often have an onsite museum with exhibits about local history, mine wars, Appalachian culture, or Civil War artifacts. Learn something new and gain a greater appreciation at sites like Berkeley Springs, Blennerhassett Island, Carnifex Ferry, Cass Scenic Railroad, Cathedral, Droop Mountain Battlefield, and Fairfax Stone State Park.Book Now
Bring your "A" game with you for outdoor adventures available across our state parks. The majority of the parks have regulation basketball courts, volleyball courts, and badminton courts available as well as horseshoe areas. These activities and game areas are typically located near picnic shelters. For more information on availability, equipment, and rentals, contact the individual state park you plan on visiting.Book Now
Scenic Train Rides
Scenic Train Rides
All aboard! Cruise through the mountains in style by way of a scenic train ride. These train excursions preserve an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. You can hear the engines chug along the landscape and admire the surrounding views of wildlife like you’ve never seen before. Visit Cass Scenic Railroad State Park for the rail ride of a lifetime!Book Now
Let’s hit the slopes! Our mountains are gorgeous year round but they’ve been known to shine a little brighter in the winter. West Virginia’s state parks offer some of the best snow recreation on the East Coast including skiing, sledding, and tubing. There’s fun for the whole family at any of our snow sport locations, such as Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, and Pipestem State Park, with cozy mountain lodges nearby for when you’re ready to warm back up!Book Now
When it’s hot outside and you need to cool off, nothing beats the heat like a dip in the pool or splash through a nature-made swimming hole. Good thing West Virginia's state parks and forests have several of both!
Go for a Swim at a State Park Pool
Many state parks and forests have swimming pools where you can quickly cool off after a day of outdoor adventure. They're also perfect for parties or spending a relaxing day poolside with the family. So, stop on by parks like Bluestone, Berkeley Springs or Canaan for a fun day at the pool.
Nature-made swimming spots
If you prefer to get your toes wet in a free-flowing natural body of water, check out the swimming hole at Audra, or go for a swim at a lake or beaches at Blackwater Falls, Cacapon or Tygart Lake state parks. Be sure to check individual park pages for more information on hours.
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West Virginia’s mighty rivers are perfect for gathering up your friends and family to conquer the roaring rapids together. Regardless of your skill level or expertise, raft guides can find a stretch of river to suit your sense of adventure. Raft the New or Gauley rivers when you visit nearby Babcock and Hawks Nest state parks, or spend some time on the Cheat River near Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley Resort state parks!