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State Park Spotlight: Moncove Lake

Moncove Lake State Park is situated right on the southeastern edge of West Virginia on the banks of the 144 acre Moncove Lake. The Moncove Lake area was established in 1960, following the damming of Devil Creek in eastern Monroe County. 250 acres were pulled out of Moncove Lake Wildlife Management area in 1990 to […]

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Engine House Clean up

Thank you to all of the volunteers and Forest Service partners who participated in our historic Engine House clean up this past Saturday! We cut down large brush, cleared out mats of tangled invasive grasses, created a path from the Blackwater Rail Trail to the foundation, and cleaned up the existing signage so that these […]

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State Park Spotlight: Lost River

Lost River State Park is located on 3,700 acres at the headwaters of the Lost River which flows from Mathias through the Lost River Valley and on to Sandy Ridge Mountain where it sinks below the earth and reemerges as the Cacapon River. It has a rich history, passing through the ownership of the Henry […]

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Historic Roundhouse Cleanup

Friends of Blackwater is hosting a second heritage clean up this fall at the Coketon Roundhouse on September 14th at 10 am. Located right off of the Rail Trail near Snyder Run, the roundhouse used to be the primary engine maintenance site in the area around the turn of the century. The building itself has […]

Support West Virginia’s National Parks

We love our outdoor spaces and know how important they are! Not only are they a source of vast natural beauty and wonder, but they’re also a huge economic driver for our state. In 2017 alone, West Virginia’s 8 national park units added nearly $84 million to the state’s economy! Sadly, though, our parks are […]

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State Park Spotlight: Little Beaver

Little Beaver State Park is in Randolph County, near the town of Beckley. Created in 1941 as a 4-H camp, it was sold to the state for $1 in 1970 and was established as a state park. Little Beaver includes stone work done by the CCC in the 1930s, including the nearby Little Beaver Lake, […]

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State Park Spotlight: Holly River

Holly River State Park, the second largest West Virginia state park, was unofficially created in 1938 as a reclaimed conservation site after being destroyed by over fishing, over hunting, timbering, and poor farming practices. The Department of Agriculture began  to buy this land in Webster county, relocating the Swiss families living there, and started reforesting […]

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Coke Oven Cleanup- Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on August 24th to clean up the historic Coke Ovens along the Rail Trail! We had wonderful weather Saturday morning, and were able to do lots of mowing, clipping, chopping, and cleaning around the Coke Ovens, making them much more accessible to visitors and visible from the Rail […]

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State Park Spotlight: Hawks Nest

Hawks Nest State Park, named after the osprey, or fish hawks, that used to inhabit the cliffs, is a peak on Gauley Mountain that overlooks the New River Gorge in Anstead, WV. Old Native American trails passed through Hawks Nest, followed later by settlers in stage coaches on the same roads, and those same routes […]

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Engineering Building Listed as Endangered

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) has announced that the Davis Coal and Coke Company Administrative Building just south of Thomas has been recognized as a significant endangered historic building. This building served as the Tucker County headquarters of the company founded by the legendary railroad and coal magnate Senator Henry Gassaway Davis from […]