Hiking, Fishing & Camping in West Virginia

Hiking, Fishing & Camping in West Virginia
As a rugged, mountainous state in the heart of the Appalachians, West Virginia is a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The same heavily forested mountains that provide such a lovely setting for hiking and camping are also carved with creeks and rivers that teem with fish. For those looking to combine hiking, fishing and camping into a single trip, West Virginia has a handful of parks that provide all three.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Named for the 62-foot falls of the Blackwater River, this state park offers ample opportunities for hiking, fishing and camping. Anglers in the park may fish in either the Blackwater River or in the park's Pendleton Lake. The river is kept stocked with trout in the spring and summer months, but all fishing on the river is on a catch-and-release basis. The park also has a 20-mile network of hiking trails, including the "Gentle Trail" leading down from the park's main road to its namesake falls. The campground consists of 30 sites with electric hookups and 35 sites without any hookups, and is serviced by two central bathhouses, several water spigots and an ice machine. Two of the park's hiking trails either start at or pass through the campground. The park is located in northeastern West Virginia, less than 10 miles from the Maryland Panhandle, and is best accessed through U.S. Highway 219.



Blackwater Falls State Park

P.O. Drawer 490

Davis, WV 26260

304-259-5216

blackwaterfalls.com

Cedar Creek State Park

The 2,558 acres of Cedar Creek State Park is located in central West Virginia, roughly a mile from U.S. Highway 119. The park has six hiking trails comprising a 14-mile system, enabling visitors to explore some of the tributaries flowing into Cedar Creek, such as Long Lick Run. Three fishing ponds are maintained by the park alongside Cedar Creek, and these are stocked with trout in January and March and catfish in June. Bass, muskie and other fish are present in the fishing ponds throughout the year. The park's 57-site campground has 48 campsites with water and electric hookups, and every campsite is equipped with a charcoal grill and a picnic table. The campground is serviced by a bathhouses, coin laundries and a camp store.



Cedar Creek State Park

2947 Cedar Creek Road

Glenville, WV 26351

304-462-7158

cedarcreeksp.com

New River Gorge National River

New River Gorge is a recreation area administered by the National Park Service. The protected area stretches along more than 50 miles of the New River and encompasses 70,000 acres. That vast area is home to a network of trails passing over rushing creeks and through forests and highland meadows, ranging from short quarter-mile footpaths to seven-mile mountain tracks. Anglers can fish in the river from one of its 15 separate public access points, and the National Park Service describes spring and fall as the best seasons for fishing in the New River. Five small primitive campgrounds are located within the New River Gorge area, the largest of which is Grandview Sandbar with 12 drive-in and four walk-in campsites. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and lantern posts, but nothing else excepting central pit or vault toilets. The New River Gorge National River is situated in southeastern West Virginia, and is accessible from either I-77 or I-64.



New River Gorge National River

P.O. Box 246

Glen Jean, WV 25846

304-465-0508

nps.gov/neri

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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