West Virginia Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in West Virginia? View West Virginia parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions There are many points of access along the Appalachian Trail, whether it is by car, train, bus or plane. For more detailed directions, please refer to the “Directions” section of our park webpage. Phone (304) 535-6278 Activities CAMPING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Appalachian National Scenic Trail Official Website Appalachian National Scenic Trail Map The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands

Beech Fork Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Take I-64 to Exit 8 (WV Route 152). Go South on Route 152 approximately 5 miles. Turn left on Beech Fork Road and go approximately 3 miles to recreation areas. Phone (304) 525-4831 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Beech Fork Lake Photo Album Beech Fork Lake Marina Beech Fork Lake Website Beech Fork Lake is a 720-acre lake in the hills of West Virginia with fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Camping is available at nearby Beech Fork State Park. A solar-powered visitor center is

Bluestone Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Easily accessible from I-77 and I-64 Bluestone Lake is located at Hinton, WV, on WV 3 and 20. Phone (304) 466-1234 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds BLUESTONE LAKE PICNIC SHELTER Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Bluestone Lake Website Bluestone Lake Photo Album Bluestone Dam spans the New River, forming Bluestone Lake, the third largest lake in West Virginia. With a 2,040 acre surface area, the lake provides boaters, water skiers, and fishermen with great recreational opportunities. The State of West Virginia operates Bluestone State Park with cabin rentals, picnicking and camping facilities. Also, a swimming

Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Bluestone National Scenic River is most easily accessed via Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. A narrow, graveled park road provides access to the Bluestone Turnpike Trail at the former Lilly town site at the confluence of the Little Bluestone River. To reach these parks from I-64, take exit 139, then south on Rt. 20. From I-77 take exit 14 to Rt.20 north. Either direction, Bluestone State Park is 15 miles and Pipestem is 22 miles. Phone (304) 465-0508 Activities BIKING, BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Bluestone National Scenic River Official Website Bluestone National Scenic River Map The Bluestone River and the rugged and ancient

Burnsville Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions To visit the Burnsville Lake Dam and the Riffle Run Campground/Day-Use/Boat Launch take exit 79 from Interstate 79 then old Rt. 5 east approximately 3 miles to campground. To visit the Bulltown Historical Area and the Bulltown Campground/Day-se/Beach/Boat Launch take exit 67 off of I-79, then Rt. 19 North approximately 13 miles. Phone (304) 853-2371 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds BULLTOWN CAMP BURNSVILLE LAKE SHELTERS Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Burnsville Lake Website Burnsville Lake Photo Album There are numerous recreation opportunities at Burnsville Lake, including excellent hunting. At the Burnsville Lake

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge office and visitor center is located on highway 32, 9 miles north of Harman and six miles south of Davis, West Virginia. Refuge access points are found on Freeland Road, Cortland Road, Old Timberline Road, Camp 70 Road and A-frame Road. Phone 304-866-3858 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Canaan Valley, at an altitude of 3,200 feet, is 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, and the highest valley of its size east of the Rocky Mountains. Climate and habitats are typical of areas much further north, and the plants and animals are unusual

East Lynn Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions From Wayne, 12 miles Southeast on State Route 37. Phone (304) 849-2355 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds EAST FORK (WV) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas East Lynn Lake Website A region important for natural gas, oil and coal. Wooded hills of 600 feet rise gently around the lake.

Gauley River National, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Plane The largest airport is at Charleston, about 65 miles from Summersville. There are also small airports at Summersville and Beckley. Car The main entrance to Gauley River National Recreation Area is located off US Route 19 south of Summersville and north of Fayetteville, West Virginia. Turn off US Route 19 onto WV Route 129 toward Summersville Dam. Take the second left after you cross over the dam and follow the signs to Gauley River. Phone (304) 465-0508 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Gauley River National Recreation Area Official Website Gauley River National Recreation Area Map The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Harpers Ferry NHP’s Visitor Center is located along US Route 340 in West Virginia. The park entrance is 8 miles east of Charles Town, WV and 20 miles southwest of Frederick, MD. Phone (304) 535-6029 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Official Website Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Map A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend. We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!

Jennings Randolph Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions From Cumberland, MD, south on US 220 to US 50, west to WV 42, north to WV 46 E. Follow project signs. Phone (304) 355-2346 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds ROBERT W CRAIG Howell Run Picnic Area Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Jennings Randolph Lake Photo Album Facebook Jennings Randolph Lake Website Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, Inc. Jennings Randolph Lake provides opportunities for outdoor recreation including camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, water skiing, kayaking, eagle watching and hunting spread over 4,500 acres of land and water.

Kanawha River – London Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located approximately 2 miles west of Montgomery, WV on US Route 60. Phone (304) 442-8422 Activities PICNICKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Kanawha River – London Pool Website Provides a navigable channel to the head of navigation on the Kanawha River and principally serves the coal mines in that area. Located near Montgomery.

Kanawha River – Marmet Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located east of Charleston, WV, off US Rt. 60 near Belle, WV. Phone (304) 949-1175 Activities FISHING, PICNICKING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Kanawha River – Marmet Pool Website Provides a 9-ft navigable channel on the Kanawha River extending 15 miles to London Dam. Located at Belle, WV.

Kanawha River – Winfield Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Approximately 18 miles west of Charleston, WV, on State Rt. 62. Phone (304) 586-2501 Activities BOATING, FISHING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Kanawha River – Winfield Pool Website One of the essential navigation projects on the Kanawha River, used primarily for the shipment of coal and chemicals for the large industrial complex of Charleston.

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds HORSESHOE RECREATION AREA STUART RECREATION AREA BLUE BEND REC AREA BIG BEND (WV) SENECA SHADOWS BLUE MEADOW JESS JUDY Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Greenbrier Ranger District Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Monongahela National Forest The gate of the Stuart Recreation Area welcomes visitors to leisure on the Monongahela National Forest. The Monongahela National Forest is a recreation destination and major tourism attraction. The extensive backwoods road and trail system is available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. There are many miles of railroad grades that are a link in the recreation use of the forest. Recreation

Monongahela River – Opekiska Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located off WV 73, 7 miles north of Fairmont. Phone (304) 366-4224 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Monongahela River – Opekiska Pool Website Provides a pool that winds through the beautiful West Virginia mountains to Fairmont where the West Fork and Tygart Rivers join to form the Monogahela

New River Gorge National River, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions To reach Park Headquarters take Route 19 North from Beckley to the Glen Jean exit. Upon exiting Rt 19, make an immediate left turn. At the next intersection, turn right. Park Headquarters will be straight ahead on the right. GPS Coordinates for Headquarters: 81.15587W, 37.92775N Phone (304) 465-0508 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CLIMBING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Grandview Playground Shelter Grandview Shelter 1 Grandview Shelter 4 Grandview Shelter 3 Grandview Shelter 2 Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas New River Gorge National River Official Website New River Gorge National River Map A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among

Ohio River – Pike Island Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located on WV 2, 5 miles north of Wheeling. Phone (304) 277-2240 Activities WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Ohio River – Pike Island Pool Website Provides a 30-mile pool on the Ohio River ideal for industry and recreation

Ohio River – Racine Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Take I-77 to Ripley, US 33 west to Letart. Phone (304) 882-2118 Activities FISHING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Ohio River – Racine Pool Website Provides a navigable pool extending 34 miles up the Ohio River to Belleville Locks and Dam. Take I-77 to Ripley, US 33 W to Letart.

Ohio River – Robert. C. Byrd Pool, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located approximately 14 miles south of Point Pleasant, WV on State Route 2 South. Phone (304) 576-2272 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Ohio River – Robert. C. Byrd Pool Website Visitor center has viewing area overlooking lock chamber. Visitors can view boats locking through and see exhibits about the locks and dam. Originally built in 1933, the locks were enlarged in 1993 to accommodate modern tows.

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Directions to Visitor Center · From I-77 take WV exit #185; follow WV-14 (Highland Ave.) 1.3 miles; turn right onto Waverly Road (E. 4th St.); continue 2 miles to site. · From Marietta, OH cross Williamstown Bridge, take first left after DaVinci’s Restaurant onto Waverly Road (E. 4th St.); continue 2 miles to site. · From Vienna, WV take WV-14 N to Williamstown, turn right onto Highland Ave; take first left onto Waverly Road (E. 4th St.): continue 2 miles to site.. Visitor Center Hours: 8:00 – 4:30 Mon – Fri (Dec – Mar) 8:00 – 4:30 Mon – Sat (April – Nov) Directions to Islands Most of the refuge’s property is accessible only by boat. Public boat ramps are at various locations along the Ohio River providing a launching point to the islands. Mainland properties as well as Middle and Wheeling islands have road access. Visit our Refuge

R.D. Bailey Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions The dam is on the Guyandotte River near the southern West Virginia town of Justice. From Justice, which is in Mingo County, take US Route 52 south. On US Route 52 south, after leaving Mingo County and crossing the Guyandotte River into Wyoming County, approximately one-tenth of a mile on the left is the turn off to the Visitor Center access road. Phone (304) 664-3229 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas R.D. Bailey Lake Website Beautiful lake in rugged terrain with visitor center overlooking the lake and many recreational opportunities.

Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions The Stonewall Resort and State Park recreation areas may be reached via I-79 at Exit 91(Roanoke). The Dam and Tail Waters may be reached via I-79 at Exit 96(second Weston exit). Phone (304) 269-4588 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Facebook Stonewall Jackson Lake Website Named for Thomas Jonathan ?Stonewall? Jackson, a famous general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, who was born on January 21, 1824, in nearby Clarksburg, West Virginia. A major recreation area is located at the Stonewall Jackson State Park which provides visitors with numerous

Summersville Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions On WV 129 at Mt. Nebo, 3 miles west of US 19. Phone (304) 872-3412 Activities BOATING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING SITE, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds BATTLE RUN Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Summersville Lake Website Noted for its spectacular cliffs and white water on the Gauley River. Near Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, a Civil War battlefield. On WV 129 at Mt. Nebo, 3 mi W of US 19.

Sutton Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Take I-79 to Exit 62, the Sutton/Gassaway Exit, follow signs to Sutton Dam (North on Route 4). Phone (304) 765-2816 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds GERALD FREEMAN CAMPGROUND SUTTON LAKE PICNIC SHELTERS Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Sutton Lake Website Sutton Lake Marina Sutton Lake Photo Album With 40 mi of shoreline, this lake attracts fishing and boating enthusiasts. Located in the wooded hills of central West Virginia, the project office is 1 mi E of Sutton, off I-79.

Tygart Lake, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 3 miles south of Grafton on County Rd. 9. Phone (304) 265-1760 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Facebook Tygart Lake Website Authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1935, Tygart Dam was the first of 16 flood control projects in the Pittsburgh District. Tygart has the capability to store the equivalent run off of 4.56 inches of precipitation from its 1,184 square mile drainage basin. Tygart Lake held the honor for several years as having the most concrete in any dam east of the Mississippi River with a staggering

Wheeling National Heritage Area, West Virginia Camping & Hiking

Directions We are located at 1400 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. Phone (304) 232-3087 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: West Virginia Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: West Virginia Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More West Virginia Recreation Areas Wheeling National Heritage Area Official Website Wheeling National Heritage Area Map The Wheeling National Heritage Area celebrates the city™s dramatic setting along the Ohio River, providing experiences in Victorian architecture, waterfront park development, historic city markets, renovated industrial buildings featuring retail shops, restaurants and interpretive exhibits, and West Virginia Independence Hall, the birthplace of the state of West Virginia during the Civil War.