State Parks and Forests

Explore West Virginia’s 35 scenic state parks, nine state forests, three rail trails and countless adventures. Discover four-season recreation and cozy accommodations. Observe scenic overlooks, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys and sprawling meadows. Tee off at a lakeside golf course, take in the views from above on a zipline or aerial tramway and enjoy fun in the sun at splash parks and adventure lakes.

The West Virginia State Parks system is home to 35 state parks, nine state forests, three rail trails and countless adventures. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a cozy cabin or comfy lodge room, experience one-of-a-kind mountain adventures and create those moments that matter the most. Start planning your next getaway to Almost Heaven today.

Explore the West Virginia Waterfall Trail

Chasing waterfalls takes on a whole new meaning this summer in West Virginia with the first-ever statewide Waterfall Trail. Download your virtual passport to start your waterfall hunt and earn exclusive prizes today.

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Rest your head at one of the state parks systems ten mountain lodges. At each lodge, picturesque views, cozy rooms and resort amenities await you.


The state parks system is home to more than 350 cabins. Some cabins feature modern amenities while others provide a rustic, off-the-grid experience.


Connect with nature and camp beneath the stars. With more than 1,500 campsites within the state parks system, there’s a camping experience for every adventurer.


Treat yourself to the stay of a lifetime with sky-high views. A fire tower provides panoramic views that will wow you at West Virginia’s state parks and forests.



Experience the thrill of racing down more than a quarter mile of fresh mountain snow on the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park. The longest sled run on the East Coast; the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park is a must-do every year. Create cherished memories and experience wintertime fun with friends and family at Blackwater Falls.

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Cool off in the summertime at the Adventure Lakes available at Pipestem Resort and Tygart Lake state parks. Splash around at the parks many different water installations and inflatables. Or relax at the sandy beach area with comfy lounge chairs surrounded by beautiful mountain views. Fun in the sun awaits for the whole family.

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Experience the thrill of soaring through the treetops and beholding panoramic views of flourishing forest and river below on the Pipestem Peaks Zipline Tour. With the longest zip measuring up to 1600 feet and speeds up to 50 mph, the zipline tour at Pipestem Resort State Park offers nine zips, a cable bridge and a belay to satisfy the adventure seeker and nature lover in all.

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Experience one-of-a-kind views of West Virginia’s iconic mountain scenery with a trip on an aerial tram. At Pipestem Resort State Park or Hawks Nest State Park a scenic tram ride leads to picturesque views of Almost Heavens incredible beauty. Plan your next aerial adventure in Almost Heaven and incredible memories will be sure to follow along the way.

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