Prickett's Fort

State Park Spotlight: Prickett’s Fort

Located in Marion County along the Monongahela River, the 188 acre Prickett’s Fort State Park is a fun jaunt into living history. Founded in 1975, the State Park is built upon the location of a late 18th Century settler’s fort of the same name. Visitors can visit Prickett’s Fort and learn about settler and colonial […]

Friends of Blackwater Goes to Washington

Friends of Blackwater staffers Sean Coffers, Emmie Cornell, and Logan Thorne recently spent a couple of days in Washington, D.C. working on water and environmental issues on both a state wide and national level. It was a productive time. Tuesday was spent with our friends at the Water Protection Network at their annual membership meeting. […]


State Park Spotlight: Pipestem Resort

Located along the Bluestone River about 12 miles northeast of Princeton, WV, Pipestem Resort State Park (commonly just called Pipestem State Park) is a testament to government planning and outdoor recreation. Founded in 1963, the park is on over 4,000 acreas and offers recreational opportunities for almost anyone. It is named after the meadowsweet plant, […]

North Bend SP Lake

State Park Spotlight: North Bend

North Bend State Park is a lovely 2,492 acre park located in Richie County, WV, east of Parkersburg. The park was founded in 1951 and has a strong history of community involvement with many local groups actively raising funds and doing much of the work to create and designate it as state park. Groups such […]


State Parks by the Numbers

We love state parks here in West Virginia. They’re beautiful, they’re fun, and almost all native West Virginians have fond childhood memories in them with friends and family. And while most of us only think of state parks as a source of fun recreation and a way to escape busy city and town life; state […]

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Climate Change and Public Health Conference

On Saturday September 21st, the West Virginia Center on Climate Change, a Friends of Blackwater offshoot, hosted the Climate Change and Public Health conference in Morgantown, WV in partnership with the WVU Law Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center. Over 125 people attended, including students, lawyers, health […]


New Hire: Sean Coffers!

Hello Friends of Blackwater community! I am Sean Coffers, and I am so excited to be joining Friends of Blackwater. I’m a West Virginia native, originally from the Morgantown area. I’ve just returned to my home state after 8 years in New Jersey and New York. I have a mixed background in teaching and working […]