Cathedral State Park

Aurora, WV

Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast old-growth hemlock forest that once flourished in the Appalachian highlands.

Trees up to 90 feet tall and 16 feet in circumference from cloisters in the park. Throughout the woods, eastern hemlock is the dominant species. The 133 acre park is located on Rt. 50, in Preston County, in northeastern WV. The region is hilly to mountainous, but the park is located on rather gently sloping ground with an elevation varying from 2460 to 2620 feet.

More than 170 species of vascular flora have been cataloged, including: Nine species of fern; three species of club moss; more than 30 tree species; and more than 50 species of wildflowers.

Cathedral offers 6 miles of hiking trails. The combination of ancient Hemlocks, rhododendrons, ferns, mountain stream, and wildlife offers excellent hiking and photography opportunities.

The Cathedral Trail follows Rhine Creek through the forest allowing the opportunity to see a variety of plant and tree species.

Cathedral has a picnic area with two shelters and a playground area. Shelters may be reserved by calling the park office. Restrooms are also located in the picnic area.

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