West Virginia: You Can’t Beat No-Fee Admission at State Parks
West Virginia’s maintains more than 50 state parks. With no-fee admission at state operated facilities, there are playgrounds, lodges, campgrounds, hiking trails, fishing holes, cabins golf courses – something to do – close to you.
North Bend State Park near Cairo, WV is known for its affordable overnight packages and special events. Find year-round getaways and dining at www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.
A restored 18th century mansion sits on Blennerhassett Island, Parkersburg WV. The Island Belle sternwheeler transports visitors to the island. Enjoy tours, horse drawn wagon rides, and more. Come to the island, www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com, 304-420-4800.
Three Rivers Avian Center visits more than a dozen state parks this summer. Hawks, owls and eagles are presented in an interpretative program open to the public. Learn more at www.tracwv.org.
Pipestem State Park, Hinton WV, reports bald eagle sightings. Fly fishing in November is great. The state records for striped bass was caught at nearby Bluestone Lake. Visit www.pipestemresort.com.
For West Virginia state park info, visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 304-558-2764 for literature.