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Alpena Gap - Built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the early 1930s. Elevation: 3,000 feet. The park consists of picnicking, hiking trails, scenic beauty and nature study. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Audra State Park - The campground consists of 65 tent and trailer campsites, two bathhouses with modern facilities and a centrally located playground. Located in Buckhannon, WV. For more information call (304) 457-1162.

Bickle Knob - Elevation: 4,000 feet. Picnicking, hiking, scenic beauty and an observation site are available on 2 acres. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Blackwater Falls State Park – "The Gentile Trail" provides handicap accessibility to an overlook of the falls open to visitors on a paved flat ¼ mile trail. There is also horseback riding from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Located in Davis, WV. For more information call (304) 259-5216.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park - The second largest inland wetland in the USA and is the highest, largest valley east of the Mississippi at about 3,200 feet. The park is well known for its skiing and golfing. Top elevation is 4,280 feet, with a vertical drop of 850 feet. The longest run is 6,000 feet, and their skiing terrain is comprised of 22 trails and 34 slopes. Located in Davis, WV. For more information call (304) 866-4121.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park - Antique lumber trains powered by massive Shay steam locomotives carry passengers past panoramic mountain views to the summit of Bald Knob, the state's second highest peak. The turn-of-the-century town is one of the best-preserved lumber company towns in the US. Located in Cass, WV. For more information call (304) 456-4300.

Cathedral State Park - Covering an area about 160 acres. contains the only remaining virgin forest left in West Virginia and is the home of the State's largest tree, a giant hemlock with a circumference of 26 feet. Located in Aurora, WV. For more information call (304) 735-3771.

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area - Located in Mill Point, WV, this unique area encompasses four bogs, with rare plant and animal life similar to Canada's. The adjacent Cranberry Wilderness includes 35,600 acres ideal for hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing. For more information call (304) 653-4826.

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area - A 10,215 acre mecca for back country lovers. Elevations ranging from 2,600 to over 4,000 feet, located in Tucker and Randolph Counties. The primitive trails are not designed or maintained for the casual hiker. For more information call (304) 257-4488.

Dolly Sods Scenic Area - The high altitude, cold climate, wildlife and vegetation make the area similar to places more than 1,000 miles farther North. Hunting and sightseeing are popular pastimes here. Located in Tucker and Randolph Counties. For more information call (304) 257-4488.

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park - A peaceful park with a panoramic view now marks the spot where an important battle of the Civil War in WV was fought on Nov. 6, 1863. Located in Hillsboro, WV. For more information call (304) 653-4254.

Fairfax Stone State Park - Located in Thomas, WV, a stone once marked this western boundary of land granted Lord Thomas Fairfax by the King of England in the 18th century, where today stands the junction of three counties. The stone was significant in determining the final boundary of the state. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

George Washington National Forest - Enjoy 100,000 acres of forest in Pendleton and Hardy counties, adding to the region's camping, fishing and hiking hot spots. For more information call (703) 984-4101.

Guadineer Scenic Area - A uniquly developed recreational site. A self-guided tour is offered through approximately 90 acres of virgin red spruce. Many of the trees are over 300 years old making Guadineer a Registered National Landmark. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Holly River State Park - This lush, forested park is known for its peaceful remoteness, hiking and fine trout fishing. Nine cabins, 88 campsites; 62 equipped for RV hookup. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Kumbrabow State Forest - Enjoy this 9,474 acre forest with five cabins, 13 tent/trailer campsites and features fishing, hunting, picnicking, playground, 13 miles of mountain biking, 26 miles of hiking trails, 13 miles of horse trails, 13 miles of cross-country ski trails, bird watching and wildflower excursions. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Laurel Fork Wilderness Area - In 1983, Congress designated the Laurel Fork North and South Wilderness to preserve portions of a relatively unmodified Appalachian Forest and allow for its return to a natural state. The Laurel Fork North and south wilderness combined contain approximately 12,200 acres along the headwaters of Laurel Fork. Laurel Fork provides brook trout and brown trout fishing. For more information call 1800-CALL WVA.

Lost River State Park - Visitors to this park will observe abundant wildlife in a mountainous habitat. Located in Mathias, WV. For more information call (304) 897-5372.

Monongahela National Forest - Enjoy 901,000 acres of breathtaking forest as it surrounds the Appalachian Mountains. The terrain is some of West Virginia's most rugged, and includes the state's highest point, Spruce Knob, at 4,861 feet. Five wilderness areas are part of the forest. For more information call (304) 636-1800.

Otter Creek Wilderness Area - The 20,000 acre Otter Creek Wilderness is located in Tucker and Randolph Counties, within the Monongahela National Forest. The area is set aside for wilderness recreation and provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, caving, camping, fishing and nature study. For more information call (304) 478-3251.

Seneca State Forest - Located in Dunmore, WV. For more information call (304) 799-6213.

Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park - Fishing, boating, hunting, camping, nature center, boat rentals and marina on 3,8000 acres. Enjoy sightseeing tours aboard the Stonewall Jackson Paddlewheel. Located in Weston, WV. For more information call (304) 269-0523.

Watoga State Park Cabins - Located in Marlinton, WV. For more information call (304) 799-4087.
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