Campgrounds are located at these state parks and, forests.
(Wildlife management areas are under the management of the Wildlife Section of the Division of Natural Resources, click here.)
Operation of state-owned campgrounds is variable and dependent upon the weather, particularly in early spring and onset of winter. Campers are encouraged to check with the individual facility in advance of stated opening and closing dates for confirmation. The camping season usually runs from mid-April to mid- to late- October with the following exceptions:
- Watoga's Riverside Campground - April 1 through October 31; Beaver Creek Campground, Memorial Day Weekend through October 31. Laurel Run Campground (primitive) is year-round.
- Moncove Lake - generally opens April 1, but may be later in April and remains open through deer rifle season, however, water is not available after October 31.
- Holly River - First Friday in April through the last Monday in November.
- Canaan Valley - Open year-round
- Pipestem Resort* - Open year-round.
- Stonewall Resort* - Open year-round
- Beech Fork State
Old Orchard Area* - Open year-round
- In general, state forests open - mid-April through deer rifle season, weather permitting.
- Coopers Rock State Forest opens April 1 (weather permitting) through October 31.
- Note: For winter camping where water service is available*, prior to hookup, campers must have adequate heat tape and insulation. Campers are encouraged to call in advance of arrival and learn about winter conditions and camping opportunities.
Outdoor grill, tent pad, pull-off for trailers, picnic table, electric hookups, some with water and sewer hookups, dumping station, bathhouses with hot showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities.
Same as deluxe, but generally no hookups are available. Some sites at some areas may have electric hookups.
Improved sites with limited facilities, well water and pit toilets.
Undeveloped areas, some have basic water and sanitation facilities.
Yurt Rental is a unique offering only at Tomlinson Run and is perfect for the novice camper. All yurts come complete with a cooler, a propane stove, lantern, picnic table and cookware.
Camper Cabins are only available at Tomlinson Run State Park. For details, click here
Senior Citizens Camping Discount
Persons reaching their 60th birthday and having proof of date of birth are extended a senior citizen discount of 10% off the standard camping rate. The senior must be an occupant of the rented campsite.
West Virginians 60 years of age and older
WV residents 60 years of age and older are generally offered a 50% discount off of standard camping rates from the day after Labor Day until four days prior to Memorial Day. This discount is extended at state operated campgrounds at state parks and state forests. Proof of age and residence is required. The senior must be an occupant of the rented campsite.
Totally and permanently disabled West Virginians, WV Code §5B-1-17c.
West Virginia residents who are totally and permanently disabled can receive a discount of 50% off on campground fees for each campsite to be used exclusively by the eligible camper. Print and complete the application here and take it to a physician who is licensed in the State of West Virginia to certify the application, and then mail it back to the address at the top of the application.
- available day after Labor Day to four days prior to Memorial Day
- discount card must be obtained in advance of camping reservation.
cards will be mailed to applicant from the WV State Parks central office, Charleston, WV, after submission of completed application signed by a licensed WV physician.
From time to time parks and forests offer other camping discounts. These special rates are posted, as available, online at the top of this webpage. Discounts and packages at state parks lodges and state park and forest cabins are listed here or on the specific park or forest webpage.
- Camping stay is limited to fourteen consecutive days (except after Labor Day until the first day of the following May at the discretion of the superintendent).
- Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
- Not more than two motor vehicles are permitted on a campsite at any time.
- A non-family camping group may have only one camping unit (tent, trailer, motor home, camper, van, etc.) on its campsite.
- Families may have one or two small tents in addition to the main camping unit on its campsite.
- Campsites not reserved are rented on a first come first served basis.
- Campers must register before occupying a campsite.
- Camping in any manner is prohibited in state parks, state forests, except at numbered sites designated for camping.
- No explosive materials or other dangerous substances are permitted.
- Uncased firearms, bows and arrows are prohibited other than when the area is open for hunting.
- Posted speed limits and campground regulations must be obeyed.
- Quiet hours must be observed between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- Motorbike riding is prohibited in campground areas.
- Bicycle riding is prohibited after dark unless properly equipped with a lighting system front and rear. State law requires riders under 14 to wear a helmet.
- Only dogs and cats are permitted in camping areas, and must be restrained on a leash no more than 10 feet in length.
- Limited to fireplaces or stoves DO NOT LEAVE FIREPLACES UNATTENDED.
- Hunting is permitted in state forests, but NO hunting is allowed in state parks.
- Fishing is permitted in all areas with fishing opportunity.
- A West Virginia Hunting and/or Fishing License is required.