Best State Parks in the Spring

State Parks around Almost Heaven come alive each spring with gorgeous wildflowers, lush greenery and a wide variety of outdoor adventures. At these beautiful parks, you can enjoy everything from exhilarating whitewater rafting trips to simply fishing along the banks of a river. Spring is the perfect time to explore the outdoors of West Virginia and create some lasting memories along the way.

Cacapon Resort State Park

Located on 6,000 acres of gorgeous land, Cacapon Resort State Park is an incredible place to vacation in the spring. The park has 23 miles of beautiful hiking trails as well as two small lakes that are home to bass, catfish and bluegill. Hike up to the observation deck on Cacapon Mountain for incredible views of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania all at once. The park also has cozy accommodations including 48-room lodge “the Old Inn” – a vintage 12-room inn as well as many charming cabins perfect for family and friends.

Watoga State Park

As the largest state park in West Virginia, it only makes sense that Watoga State Park is one of the best parks to visit year-round. The park features 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, an 11-acre lake stocked with fish, as well as the Brooks Memorial Arboretum where visitors can learn more about the trees and plants native to the area. For a unique experience, hike the Arrowhead Trail to the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower for spectacular views of the Greenbrier River Valley. For lodging, Watoga State Park has both rustic and modern cabins as well as two campgrounds for all of your lodging needs.

Twin Falls Resort State Park

Home to two beautiful waterfalls, Twin Falls Resort State Park is an ideal destination for nature lovers. The park is a great place to explore in the spring thanks to its 25 miles of hiking trails, championship golf course and restored Pioneer Farm. Hike a 1.25-mile loop trail to visit both the stunning Marsh Fork Falls as well as the Black Fork Falls. The park features a beautiful 47-room mountaintop lodge, 14 secluded cabins perched on an idyllic hilltop as well as 50 campsites.

Pipestem Resort State Park

With 4,050 sprawling acres, endless adventures exist at gorgeous Pipestem Resort State Park. Especially in the spring, Pipestem Resort State Park is the place to be. The park offers exhilarating zipline tours, guided trout fishing, mountain bike excursions, rock climbing and more. Visit the park’s new adventure lake and splash park or go kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, tubing and whitewater rafting. The park feature’s two beautiful lodges, one of which can only be accessed by riding the park’s aerial tramway to the bottom of the Bluestone River. The park also has 25 fully furnished cabins as well as 82 campsites great for enjoying the crisp spring air.

Audra State Park

Audra State Park is a great destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. In the spring, the clear, clean water of the Middle Fork River and the rock overhang of the Alum Cave are more beautiful than ever. Visiting Audra State Park is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the simple things in life. Think picnics by the water, hiking along trails filled with rhododendrons and fishing along the riverside. The park also offers 67 campsites available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A visit to Audra State Park will always leave you with incredible lasting memories.

Make the most of the season by booking your stay at a West Virginia state park at wvstateparks.com. Learn about where to say, things to do and special events.

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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020