Pinnacle Rock State Park is located in Mercer County at the very southern tip of West Virginia. The park was established in 1938 when 26 acres of land were bought for the public interest by the Conservation Commission. Additional land has been purchased and added to the state park over the past decades with the park currently sitting on 374 acres. Construction of Jimmy Lewis Lake was completed in 1968. This artificial lake is regularly stocked for fishing and can be used for a number of recreational activities. In addition, Pinnacle Rock State Park has several short trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds.
The state park is named after the namesake Pinnacle Rock structure in the middle of the park. Pinnacle Rock is a sandstone formation that reaches 3,100 feet above sea level and provides excellent views of the southern West Virginia landscape and mountains. The “rock’s” shape has come to be over millions of years of erosion and other natural processes that have chiseled away at the landscape and original mountain.