Upgrade pool day with these state park water adventures

When it’s hot and humid outside, there are few things in life more refreshing than taking a dip in the pool or splashing around at a water park. But not everyone has a pool or lives near a public pool or water park. So, when the sprinkler out front just isn’t cutting it, what can you do?

Cool off this summer with exciting water activities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests. From outdoor pools to adventure lakes and swimming holes, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the water activities you can enjoy this summer.

Adventure Lakes at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake

When it comes to water adventures, lake days in West Virginia beat out beach trips any day of the week. That’s because our lakes are built for adventure.

West Virginia has two adventure lakes that combine the best of a beach day and a trip to the water park. The Adventure Lake at Tygart Lake State Park features 25 giant inflatables you can climb and jump into the water from as well as a sandy beach area with lounge chairs where you can catch some rays while you’re drying off. The Adventure Lake and Splash Park at Pipestem Resort State Park features a wide sandy beach for sunbathing and a water playground where adults and kids alike can climb giant inflatable mountains, slides, trampolines and jump into the lake.

Pipestem also has a Splash Park and Kids’ Zone with 18 splash features just for the littlest ones. Spray your friends, slide and run around through spraying flowers, but beware of the dumping buckets!

Swimming Pools at Stonewall Resort and Berkeley Springs

Forget about country club pools when you can cool off in luxury 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. And keeping with the luxury theme, the park also features three restaurants with a wide variety of gourmet and casual selections. You’ll never want to leave!

For something a little more down to earth, but still luxurious, you’ll want to go to Berkeley Springs State Park. This park is known for ancient mineral springs, sought by native Americans and famous colonists alike. Today, the park’s stone-enclosed wading pools and spring-fed swimming pool serves as a rejuvenating and refreshing spot for everyone. Planning an extended trip in the area? Lodging is available nearby at Cacapon Resort State Park.

Swimming Hole at Audra

When it comes to escaping the heat, nature sometimes provides the best relief. Cool off this summer in a cool 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!

Whether you visit for the day or stay for a weekend or longer, pool days at West Virginia’s state parks and forests are a great way to enjoy family fun and summer adventure. Plan your trip today and find out why summer is cool in Almost Heaven! 

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