Why you should visit West Virginia state parks every chance you get

West Virginia State Parks are a great place for a family vacation or quiet getaway. While the summer season is long gone, and fall is here, and winter will soon be upon us, vacations at state parks are enjoyable no matter what time you visit. Thankfully, most state parks are open all year and offer fun and relaxing outdoor recreation opportunities.

Iconic views, like this one at Audra State Park, are enjoyable anytime of year.

Summer might be people’s preferred season for taking a vacation, but other seasons are perfect times to visit state parks. The weather is usually cooler, the crowds are smaller and there is still plenty to do! In the fall, and even winter, park guests can enjoy many of the same activities offered in the spring and summertime. Go camping or stay in one of our cabins or luxury lodges. Hiking is fun anytime, and the scenery is beautiful in every season.

Special events also are plentiful throughout the year, and there is generally no charge to attend. Many parks also offer special incentives throughout the year and staff are available at each park to make sure your stay is as relaxing or as exciting as you want it to be. Maybe best of all, the food served at lodge and resort parks restaurants is among the best served anywhere in the eastern United States. Be sure to check www.wvstateparks.com frequently for seasonal discounts and promotions. You can even book lodge and cabin reservations online. It’s easy!

If you already took a vacation this year, you can still plan to make a return visit to your favorite park this fall or winter. Or, have an adventure and explore parks and forests you’ve never seen before. Take your family or invite your out-of-state friends. People come to West Virginia state parks from all over the world for the peace and quiet, the scenery, the excitement, or to escape the hustle and bustle of life.

Visit West Virginia state parks every chance you get. Take a fall or winter vacation in a West Virginia state park and remind yourself how fortunate we are to live here. Even if it’s a return visit, you’re sure to see or experience something new.