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…to “promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.”  This mission statement, embodied in state law, has been the guiding principal for operating the West Virginia State Park system since its inception in the late 1920s.  Additionally, state parks and state forests continue to serve as major tourist attractions and travel destinations.

WV State Parks and Forest Operation Update

On Thursday, June 23, many West Virginia parks and forests experienced severe weather, including heavy rain and high winds, which caused flooding and loss of power at some facilities. We have been in contact with each of our park superintendents, and as of noon today, have received the following status reports:

  • Babcock State Park – Phone service still out.
  • Greenbrier River Trail – Greenbrier River Trail is open from the access at MP 29.6 at Horrock north to Cass.  The trail south of Horrock is closed.
  • Greenbrier State Forest – Area is closed until facilities and services are restored.
  • Hawks Nest State Park – All areas open now except the river road.
  • Tygart Lake State Park – Marina open.  Boat launch access limited.

* All other parks and forests remain open and operating. *

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates, as needed.


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