State Parks

Protecting and celebrating West Virginia's "wild and wonderful" parks
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West Virginia's state parks are beloved by tourists and locals alike. Over 7 million people visit West Virginia's state parks every year, and that number is growing. Visitors use parks for hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing and more. Scattered across the state, parks showcase a wide variety of ecosystem types, scenic views, and outdoor recreation options.
Parks are also great for West Virginia's economy. In 2015, the economic significance of state parks was between $213.4 million and $248.7 million. Every $1 of general revenue invested parks generates $13.15 in economic activity.
Many of our parks have a backlog of maintenance issues, and need additional investment to continue to be an asset to locals and visitors alike. Friends of Blackwater is working to raise awareness of this issue, and we will be bringing you opportunities to advocate for the park system. In the meantime, learn a little more about our parks with the blog posts below.

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State Park Photo Contest Winners

We are so excited to announce the winners of our 2019 state parks photo contest. After receiving over 50 submissions, our judges had a very hard -and enjoyable- time reviewing the photos. The contest had three categories: “People in Parks,” “Scenery,” and “Wildlife.” We’d like to thank everyone who submitted their work. Winners have received […]

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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 […]