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West Virginia State Parks
Explore the Outdoors


Get outside! 
Play.  Discover.  Learn.   Share. 
And enjoy the great outdoors.

West Virginia State Parks and Forests are outdoor classrooms and encourage individuals, family, friends, schools, and groups to enjoy and explore the natural history of the mountain state. 

You’re always welcome to explore outdoors in West Virginia.

Be Active. Get Outdoors.


Bike the Parks
Bike rides schedule at many

Something Fishy
First Fish Certificate
License purchase online
Catfishing – Watch for info

Combining the joy of outdoors, exploration, and technology.

Hiking Trails
Trails are great fun.
Click title for a list of maps.

Beyond Wildflowers
Fascinating blooms of trees, shrubs, …

Fall Colors
Why leaves change color.

A Fall Color Map

Shale Barrens  
A geographical occurrence with their own unique flora and fauna

Carpenter Bees or ? (pdf)
Is there a difference?

WV Trees
Learn about trees in WV (allow time for this file to load)

Events & Activities
A year-round calendar.

Special Summer Programs
Fee free entertainment. Updated as programs are confirmed.

Daily Activities
Parks posting activities online
Pipestem Resort State Park
Cacapon Resort State Park
Blackwater Falls State Park
North Bend State Park
Lost River State Park
Watoga State Park

The Summit Bechtel Reserve
Driving times from state parks to the Summit

Ask the naturalist
Have a question?  eMail us and we’ll try to get you an answer and post to FAQs.

Answers to questions you have asked.

WV Birds - A Pocket Checklist
A one page list of Birds of West Virginia to print, fold and keep handy.

Amphibians and Reptiles of West Virginia Checklist
Toads, frogs, turtles, lizards, salamanders, skinks and snakes.

Fishes of West Virginia Checklist
There are 184 species and 3 hybrid sport fishes in WV

Mammals of West Virginia Checklist
At least 70 different wild mammals call WV home

Field Trips

Beech Fork State Park
Blackwater Falls State Park
Bluestone State Park
Cathedral State Park
Coopers Rock State Forest
Twin Falls Resort State Park
Watoga State Park

Wildlife Diversity

Belted Kingfishers
Birdwatching in All Seasons
Eagles of WV
The American Bald Eagle
Humming Birds
Neo-tropical Migratory Birds
Night Noise
Red-spotted Newt


Backyard Naturalist

a Better Bluebird Box
Butterfly Capital of the Northeast
Get Started Birdwatching
Invasive Plants in WV
Truth or Consequences
Where Do Birds Sleep . . .
West Virginia Ferns

A Sense of Wonder

Hide & Squeek
Mammals in Motion
The Colors of Nature
Take it Outside in the Fall
A Father’s Guide to Fishing w/ Children

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