Largest of all the state parks in West Virginia, Watoga has over 10,000 acres of sprawling woodland filled with a multitude of recreational opportunities. Located just 14 miles south of Marlinton, the Park offers 10 modern cabins with heat and air conditioning open year-round. There are also 24 standard cabins open the last weekend in April through October.
The camping at Watoga is unsurpassed anywhere. Beaver Creek Campground has 12 of 38 sites with electrical hook-ups and Riverside has 38 of 50 sites with electric. If you lean more to the simple pleasures of camping, then you’ll enjoy Laurel Run. The Park also has two sites for trailer camping. No matter which campground you choose - peace and tranquility are plentiful.
The 11-acre lake, which was previously Lake Killibuck, is used for paddle-boating, row- boating and fishing. Cast your line to fetch a trout, bass, bluegill or even catfish! Don’t worry, if you fail to catch dinner at the lake - there is a restaurant on the property which serves tasty meals.
There are over 15 miles of road and 40 miles of hiking paths for enjoying the quiet beauty of the park. On any given day, visitors can spot deer and black bear as well as a plethora of Neo-tropical birds.
You won’t want to miss climbing Anne Bailey’s Lookout Tower or visiting the Brooks Memorial Arboretum. Fish in the Greenbrier River, swim in the huge outdoor swimming pool or paddle a boat on the lake – for water enthusiasts, there are hours of fun.
Watoga can be accessed north of Hillsboro from Route 219 or in Huntersville from Route 39.
Several teams of Civilian Conversation Corps (CCC) workers came to work on the Park after it went from state forest status to state park in 1934.
At the time, older farm homes were scrutinized with an objective to model the newly built cabins on the earlier built homes. The CCC tried to include all of the original homes' details. The lumber for the cabins was usually chestnut salvaged from an area mill.
After World War I, there was little metal around, so scrap metal was collected and fashioned for door latches and hinges. The cabins stand as a memorial to the dedication and perseverance of the CCC in replicating the era homes.
Whether you spend a day or a week, an experience at Watoga State Park is a memory just waiting to happen!