Upgrade pool day with these state park water adventures

Cool off this summer with exciting water activities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests. Whether you prefer a traditional swimming pool or the back-to-nature feel of a lake or river swimming hole, you’re sure to have a splashing good time. Here are just a few of the water activities you can enjoy this summer.

Experience a water playground 

What happens when you combine the old-fashioned fun of lake swimming with the childhood joy of school playgrounds? You’ll find out at our adventure lakes!

The Adventure Lake at Tygart Lake State Park features 25 giant inflatables you can climb on and jump off into the water. Once you’ve worn yourself out scaling inflatable icebergs, rocking on water seesaws and leaping off trampolines, there’s a sandy beach area with lounge chairs where you can catch some rays while you dry off. And if that’s not enough time on the water, the park’s 1,750-acre lake offers additional water activities like boating, water skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

The Adventure Lake and Splash Park at Pipestem Resort State Park features a sandy beach and a water playground where adults and kids alike can climb giant inflatable mountains, slides and trampolines, and jump into the lake. Pipestem also has a Splash Park and Kids’ Zone with 18 splash features for the littlest ones. Spray your friends, slide and run around through spraying flowers, but beware of the dumping buckets!

Swim in a spring-fed pool 

The pool at Berkeley Springs State Park. is not your average swimming pool. It’s filled with natural spring water which flows out of the mountain at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. For hundreds of years, the park’s ancient mineral springs have been sought by Native Americans and famous colonists alike for their rumored healing properties. Today, the park’s stone-enclosed wading pools and spring-fed swimming pool serves as a rejuvenating and refreshing spot for everyone, while its private Roman baths are a great source for relaxation. Lodging is available nearby at Cacapon Resort State Park which also has swimming available at its beach area at Cacapon Lake.

Enjoy a unique indoor-outdoor swim 

Can’t choose between an indoor or outdoor pool? You can experience both in one at Stonewall Resort State Park. The park’s unique indoor/outdoor pool offers shade when the sun’s rays get hot and an incredible view you won’t find anywhere else. The pool looks out on Stonewall’s picturesque 2,650-acre lake, perfect for a daylong boating excursion. Bring your own watercraft or choose from a variety of rentals, including pontoons and CraigCat power boats. The park also features three restaurants offering a wide variety of gourmet and casual selections. You’ll never want to leave!

Recapture your childhood at a swimming hole 

When it comes to escaping the heat, nature sometimes provides the best relief. Cool off this summer in a mountain stream at Audra State Park. A family favorite camping destination, Audra features an old-fashioned swimming hole in the Middle Fork River. Soak up the sun while you float on an inner-tube in the rippling, clear waters. The river has a concrete bank for easy access to the water and a shallow area where the wee ones can splash around.

Plan your trip today!

Pool days at West Virginia’s state parks and forests are a great way to enjoy family fun and summer adventure. Book a lodge room, cabin, or campsite so you’ll have time to enjoy other park amenities. Plan your trip today and find out why summer is cool in Almost Heaven! 

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