There’s a peaceful quiet in the outdoors. Yes, sometimes there is welcomed noise from kids riding bicycles, birds chirping, or the clang of a horseshoe hitting a peg, but for the most part, West Virginia’s state parks offer a respite in a world ever-changing and in fast forward.

Forty-nine areas make up the West Virginia State Park system. Ten of the 49 areas have lodges and restaurants, five of those with championship golf courses, and some with cabins and campgrounds. These are open year-round and are called: Pipestem, Twin Falls, Stonewall, Cacapon and Stonewall resorts; Chief Logan Lodge; Blackwater Falls, Hawks Nest, North Bend and Tygart Lake state parks. Each of these areas has unique character.

Pipestem
There are two lodges and two golf courses, but the real Pipestem is scenic and outdoor oriented. Hiking trails are great. There is horseback riding and seasonal fly-fishing packages are available. The campground is popular, as well as, [...]

Canaan Valley Resort State Park in Davis, WV offers an exciting array of winter activities for the outdoor enthusiasts including downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating. Cross-country and snowshoeing enthusiasts can take advantage of 30km of hiking trails located within the park grounds.

Canaan Valley Resort includes 160 NEW guest rooms and suites, new atrium style lobby, renovated main lodge, 23-cabins and cottage rentals, 34-campsites, a variety of dining options, conference/banquet facilities and indoor pool/fitness center.

Located in the highest mountain-valley east of the Rocky Mountains, Canaan Valley Resort’s ski area includes 43 trails, 3 lifts, 1 magic carpet and a terrain park. The resort offers great beginner and intermediate terrain, perfect for those that want to learn to ski or board. Newly added is Critters Crawl, a dedicated beginners’ instruction trail complete with a magic carpet.

The resort also features a1200 foot [...]

Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers an exciting array of outdoor activities throughout the year. Nestled snugly on a plateau overlooking the valley and offering sweeping views of the surrounding peaks, Canaan Valley Resort offers a 150-room lodge, 23-cabins, 34-campsites, fine dining, a championship 18 hole golf course, scenic chairlift rides, indoor/outdoor pools, and miles of hiking and biking trails designed to facilitate a relaxing experience in the mountains of West Virginia.

Summer guest can spend the season utilizing the new wobble clay shooting range, climbing wall, eurobungy, geocaching or mountain biking on Weiss Knob Mountain. The park features 18 miles of marked hiking and biking trails through woodlands, meadows, hills and streams, many of which are linked to the Monongahela National Forest. Discover the perfect place for bird watching, fishing, wildlife sightings and plant discoveries. Nearby activities include horseback riding, train excursions, cavern tours, [...]

Indulge in the Tradition and Spirit of Oglebay Resort

Indulge in the tradition and spirit that make Oglebay Resort unique while you enjoy 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and picturesque natural beauty. Spend the night at the 271-room lodge featuring the West Spa, delicious dining, indoor pool, wireless Internet, fitness center and business center. Oglebay also has 54 cottages including three 8-bedroom premium cottages and four estate houses. Recreational activities include four golf courses including two championship courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., plus seven specialty shops, gardens, tennis, stables, fishing, two museums, outdoor pool, pedal boats, miniature golf, downhill skiing, a zoo and miles of walking trails.

Oglebay is also home to the Winter Festival of Lights, one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, beginning November 9, 2012.

Located one hour from Pittsburgh in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. Call 800-624-6988 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com.

Oglebay Resort

465 Lodge Drive

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South Charleston West Virginia: A Friendly Place for Families

Welcome to South Charleston, West Virginia, a friendly place for families and travelers. A thriving city where you can walk downtown, dine by the river, enjoy an evening concert at a local coffee house, discover history,  and choose your experience – relaxing or adventurous.

South Charleston offers small town amenities and charm, with walkable neighborhoods, temperate weather, plenty of activity – even free parking and Wi-Fi downtown.

Travel down the Kanawha River on a Sternwheeler. Let your kids discover new cultures and foods. Shop for antiques – or the latest trends. Stay in our brand new convention center. And enjoy a variety of fairs and festivals, family-friendly events, and West Virginia’s famed scenic beauty.

You can take a spin on the ice at our Memorial Ice Arena, or challenge yourself on the 18-hole championship golf course. Work out or go for a swim at the South [...]

How to Have a Fun Vacation in Greater Parkersburg

With the majestic Ohio River as a backdrop, we invite you to come escape, discover and play in Greater Parkersburg.

Just south of Parkersburg, West Virginia, you’ll feel like Tom Sawyer as you paddle down river in an authentic sternwheeler to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

Listening to the steady churning of the engine and feeling the occasional spray of the paddle wheel, you’ll be quietly lulled into believing you’ve escaped every care in the world. The mystery and romance that shrouds the island’s original owners is intriguing and entertaining. As you tour the exquisite mansion you will hear the tale of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett and their ill-fated relationship to Aaron Burr that eventually cost them their beloved paradise. Visitors to the island (open May-October) also enjoy wagon rides and the mansion’s sprawling lawns.

Back on the mainland continue your exploration into the region’s history [...]

How to Retreat from Every Day Life: Stay at Revelle’s River Resort

Revelle’s River Resort is located deep in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest, along more than 2 miles of river frontage. We are a great retreat any time of year! Spring and summer bring fishing, tubing, hiking, and much more outdoor activities. Winter brings great local skiing and snowboarding.

Revelle’s has facilities available year round – perfect for a weekend getaway. Comfortable cabins are complete with heat, wood burning stoves, full kitchen, hot tubs, and bathroom facilities. Our newest year round facilities include our White Tails and The Moose.

Campground facilities include coin laundry, dump station, 3 point hookups, hot showers, picnic tables, fully stocked country and camping store, clean restrooms, entertainment, on-site riverfront dining and more.

Several rental facilities are available for your special event! Perfect for any celebration such as family reunions, birthdays, wedding receptions and much more

Revelle’s River [...]

With cooler weather and the holiday season just round the corner, it’s the perfect time for couples to plan a visit to North Bend State Park, West Virginia.

Get cozy with your loved one, while surrounded by Christmas décor and soaking up the warmth from the Lodge fireplace.

Christmas in the Country, available December 24 or 25, allows couples to spend the night atNorth Bendand feast on the plentiful Christmas buffet for just $99.

Buffet includes standing prime rib and turkey carving station, choice of four hot entrees, a 30-item salad bar, dessert station and more.

Additional nights are available at a 20 percent discount.

New Year’s Eve will find couples ringing in the New Year with an evening of live music, gourmet food and celebration.

Enjoy dinner, followed by dancing to live music until 12:30 a.m., share in refreshments, retire for the night and [...]

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