From state forests, to state parks, there's plenty to see and do here in Pocahontas County. Pitch a tent, rent a cabin or just spend the day taking in the great outdoors, we've got plenty of acres here open for exploring.
Watoga State Park:
As West Virginia's largest state park, there's plenty to see and do at Watoga State Park. From paddle boarding and kayaking Watoga Lake, to laser tag and disc golf at the Rec Center, families can find fun and relaxation. Head to the swimming pool, go for a hike or fishing - its up to you what keeps you busy!
Watoga also offers vacation cabins year-round and camping.
Greenbrier River Trail State Park:
Quite possibly the most unique state park, the Greenbrier River Trail State Park is a 78-mile long rail trail. Used for hiking, biking and horseback riding, the Greenbrier River Trail State Park is a less than 1% grade trail that crosses 35 bridges, pops through tunnels and guides riders and hikers through unique small mountain towns. Camp, or plan to stay in small towns along the way.
Call the Pocahontas County CVB to request a FREE Greenbrier River Trail Map.
Beartown State Park:
Experience Beartown State Park and the half-mile long boardwalk through some of the most interesting geological features in the state. Made of one large rock formation that splits into sections and clefts large enough for walkways, Beartown State Park is noted for its massive boulders, overhanging cliffs and unusual rock formations. Compromised of Pottsville Sandstone, formed during the Pennsylvanian Age, faulting and erosion capped the mountain and left 'sunken streets' in a 'town of rocks.'
The park is open April - October with off-season access granted by appointment.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park:
Step back in time and uncover the mysteries of the last major Civil War conflict in West Virginia at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. With a Civil War museum and a replica cannon, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park makes not only a great place to hike, bike and experience the great outdoors, but an educational venture as well.
Be sure to check out the Droop Mountain overlook tower. The park also hosts reenactments yearly - click here to view our event calendar for this year's date.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park:
A park with rich history and unparalleled adventure - Cass Scenic Railroad State Park features steam driven engines, company houses and company stores. A trip to Cass if filled with rich history, interesting facts and scenic mountain views. In fact, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is one of America’s only authentic operating museums of lumber railroading. Take a ride on the scenic train, stay overnight in an authentic company house and enjoy home cooked meals at Last Run Restaurant.
Monongahela National Forest:
Half of Pocahontas County is engulfed in the Monongahela National Forest, an attraction that brings in near 3 million visitors annually. With over 800 miles of hiking and biking trails, you can fish, camp, horseback ride, and never leave the forest.
Seneca State Forest:
As the state's oldest and largest state forest, Seneca State Forest offers peace and solitude for all who enter. Located in Dunmore, near the National Radio Quiet Zone, Seneca State Forest offers up 11,684 acres of natural beauty and peace. Rent a cabin, and enjoy the hiking and biking trails as well as beautiful Seneca Lake.
Want something a little more adventurous? Stay overnight in the infamous Seneca Firetower - an 65 foot tower that gives guests epic mountain views for miles. Be sure to book ahead of time however, the Seneca Firetower fills fast.
Calvin Price State Forest:
Named in honor of Calvin W. Price, a editor of the Pocahontas Times newspaper and a dedicated naturalist, the Calvin Price State Forest embodies the solitude and serenity that conservationist Calvin Price lived his life by. The 9,482 acre state forest, located near Watoga State park, offers only 93 acres of developed camping sites. The Calvin Price State Forest is an underdeveloped gem for those seeking to explore the untouched great outdoors.
Handley Wildlife Management Area:
Nearly 800 acres make up the Handley Wildlife Management Area that sits high atop the Allegheny Mountain near the upper Williams River. Handley Wildlife Management Area aims to protect bear, deer, grouse, turkey and more for hunting. The Handley Pond also gives anglers a chance to reel in blue gill, bass, catfish and trout. With 13 primitive campsites, sportsmen can hunt, cast and camp all within the perimeter of Handley Wildlife Management Area.