5 State Parks that Will Make You Think You’re in a Winter Wonderland
Explore and enjoy the serene beauty of the snow-covered West Virginia hills
There are few things more beautiful than West Virginia in the winter. Snow-covered hills and tree branches frame winding country roads. Cardinals’ bright red feathers contrast against white glistening snow. Frozen waterfalls sparkle in the cool bright sunlight. See these breathtaking sights at these state parks and you’ll be convinced you’ve stepped into the winter wonderland of your dreams.
Blackwater Falls State Park
Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls is one of the most photographed locations in the Mountain State. Hike to the breathtaking waterfalls to see this iconic location covered in intricate icicles and snow. The park also has more than ten miles of trails for cross-country skiing. Visitors can rent skis and snowshoes at the rental shop. Skis come in both child and adult sizes. For thrill seekers, Blackwater Falls is also home to the longest sled run on the East Coast. Each year, sledders race down more than a quarter-mile of fresh mountain snow surrounded by family and friends.
With so many activities available, it is impossible to just stay one night. Blackwater Falls Lodge sits on the canyon’s south rim and provides sweeping views of the stunning frosty landscape. Also, there are pet-friendly cabins perfect for families wishing to make the most of this winter wonderland.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Enjoy the Mountain State’s mystical winter landscape in style at Canaan Valley Resort. The resort is tucked into a high plateau in the Allegheny Mountains. Winters here are truly stunning. As the sun sets, sparkling snow turns golden, and the whole plateau shimmers as the sun slips below the horizon. As night grows, a canopy of thousands of stars illuminates the sky.
Winter activities include both cross-country and downhill skiing, snow tubing and ice skating. All winter activities are conveniently located right behind the luxurious resort.
Canaan Valley Resort’s lodge consists of 160 modern guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant, café, lounge, and indoor swimming pool. Additionally, the resort offers two-, three-, and four-bedroom cabins and cottages that are perfect for groups of friends and families. Both the lodge and the cabins are perfect places to cuddle up and enjoy the winterscape right outside the window.
Greenbrier River Trail
Formally a 78-mile railroad, the Greenbrier River Trail is now used for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing during the winter months. It is the longest trail of its kind. The trail provides breathtaking winter views as it passes through several idyllic small towns, crosses 35 bridges, and goes through two tunnels. This trail cuts through some of the most remote areas of West Virginia. Winter hikers can meditate amongst the snow dusted trees and frozen ground. The crisp cold air is sure to refresh visitors’ spirits.
Bluestone State Park
Enjoy the best of the wild and wonderful landscape of West Virginia at Bluestone State Park. This wilderness park boasts 2,144 acres of forest and rugged mountain terrain. It’s the perfect place for winter hikers who want to take in the quiet, still beauty of a gorgeous winter landscape.
For those interested in snow sports, Winterplace Ski Resort is located less than 25 miles from the park. Visitors to Winterplace can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. After a day of hiking or hitting the slopes, winter adventurers can relax in one of Bluestone’s 26 warm and comfortable cabins. Cabins can accommodate two to eight people. So, get away for a romantic winter weekend with your partner, or bring the whole family!
Pipestem Resort State Park
Take in the awe-inspiring sweeping views of the Bluestone River Gorge from the lodge at Pipestem Resort State Park. This mountain-top hideaway is perfect for winter weather lovers. The lodge and cabins make the ideal escape from the everyday. Here, enjoy your favorite warm beverage, curl up by the fire, and enjoy an enticing book. Relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth and become one with the tranquil landscape.
When snow piles on the breathtaking landscape, the park’s trails are perfect for cross-country skiing. Ski across dense forest and enjoy a world seemingly crafted just for you. Ski rentals are available Pipestem’s Pro Shop.
Plan your trip to a West Virginia State Park winter wonderland today!