Your Guide to Relaxation at West Virginia State Parks

It’s a Busy Time of Year. Relax and unwind at a West Virginia State Park.

Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of work? Does your hectic social life have you longing for some alone time? Get outside and smell the fresh mountain air. Stay up a little later to look at stars light up the night sky. Let your imagination run wild as you explore nature. Or simply enjoy some time with your friends or family. Whatever you need to do to soothe those frayed nerves, you can find it at a West Virginia State Park. Here’s a few of our tips to help you enjoy your relaxing getaway.

Enjoy some peace and quiet

Surround yourself by towering trees at Cathedral State Park, home of the state’s largest old-growth forest and only stand of virgin hemlock. Or walk along the winding paths of your favorite hiking trail  at Twin Falls Resort where the only sounds you’ll hear are bird songs, the gentle rustle of wind and the trickle of cool, mountain streams.

West Virginia’s state parks are a haven for those seeking the peace and quiet of the forest. Just take a few steps on the trail and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a heavenly wilderness where you can find the solace you’ve been searching for.

Experience thrills

There are more ways to relax than taking a peaceful walk in the park. In fact, getting your blood pumping is a great way to release tension. In the colder months, fly down snow covered mountains at Canaan Valley Resort State Park or Blackwater Falls State Park. Winter activities include both cross-country and downhill skiing, as well as snow tubing.

In addition to snow sports, West Virginia’s state parks are also known for thrilling mountain biking trails. Kanawha State Forest boasts nine mountain biking trails with more than 25 miles to explore. For a unique and challenging experience, ride your bike along the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail or the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail.

Soothe your body

What could be more relaxing than a spa day? Spend some time at Berkeley Springs State Park and let all the stress melt away as you enjoy massage, luxurious whirlpool or blissful Roman Bath. You can also enjoy a wide selection of traditional and trending spa services. Extend your trip with a shopping spree in the historic town of Berkeley Spring and then enjoy a relaxing getaway in Cacapon Resort State Park‘s exquisite lodge or a beautiful cabin.

Or head to Stonewall Resort State Park and be at ease, surrounded by 1,900 rolling acres of scenic parkland. The beauty and tranquility of the open sky, gentle lake waters and refreshing forest will welcome you with a calming embrace. You can also enjoy several spa packages at Stonewall Resort.

Rest your eyes

Sometimes, the best form of relaxation is getting away for a weekend and letting yourself sleep in. West Virginia’s state parks offer a variety of lodging options that meet the needs of every traveler. Want to spend some time in a remote part of West Virginia’s highlands where you can enjoy nature? Visit Lost River State Park, located in the wooded mountains of Hardy County. Or maybe you want to wake up and see a beautiful lake. If that’s you, spend some time at Tygart Lake State Park, located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in scenic north central West Virginia.

Whatever you need to relax and unwind, you can find it at a West Virginia State Park. So, escape the everyday drag and make some time for yourself. Plan your trip today!

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