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West Virginia
Potomac Highlands Region
Watoga State Park
WATOGA STATE PARK
WATOGA STATE PARK
HC 82, Box 252
Marlinton, West Virginia   24954

Phone: 304-799-4087
Toll Free: 800-225-5982
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Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing and boating. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Watoga State Park.
Cabins
Of the 34 cabins Watoga has to offer, ten are modern (8-four person modern and two-eight person modern) and 24 are standard cabins from two to six persons. Two of these cabins meet ADA accessibility guidelines. Additional cots are available in cabins for a nominal fee.

The modern cabins are frame construction, featuring wood paneled walls, forced air furnace and stone fireplace.(Cabins #3 and #16 feature gas log fireplaces).

The quaint standard cabins are of log and stone construction with natural stone fireplaces. All cabins are equipped with electric lighting , modern kitchen appliances and bathrooms with showers. Completely equipped for housekeeping, the cabins feature cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens and towels.

Watoga's modern cabins are open year-round, while the standard cabins open the last week-end in April and close the fourth Monday in October.
Camping
Watoga has two separate campgrounds. Beaver Creek Campground is a 38-unit facility located eight miles south of Huntersville, near the park's north entrance. Riverside Campground offers 50 sites along the picturesque Greenbrier River near the western entrance of the park. The two campgrounds provide for tent and trailer camping. Each site includes picnic tables and grills with a central bathhouse with toilet facilities, hot showers and coin operated laundry. The Riverside area features electric hook-ups at 38 sites, while Beaver Creek offers 12 sites with electricity. Reservations are taken for some sites at Riverside during the summer months. Camping is available from April 1st through the end of deer rifle season in early December.


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Trails
Horseback Riding:

Watoga's Windy Hill Quarter Horse Stables are open from late May through mid-September. Guided trail rides are offered for a 1/2 hour or an hour.
Nature Programs
A seasonal naturalist plans and conducts activities to help familiarize guests with the flora and fauna the park. This program consists of slide shows, hikes, athletic events, campfires and other activities to acquaint guests not only with Watoga, but other visitors as well. Naturalist programs are offered during the summer season.
Area Attractions
Greenbrier River Trail

One of West Virginia's most successful rail-to-trail conversions, the Greenbrier River Trail was just recently ranked by BackPacker Magazine as one of the top ten hiking trails in the United States. Extending 77 miles and traversing 35 bridges and two tunnels, the trail parallels the Greenbrier River and features some of the most spectacular pastoral and woodland scenery the state has to offer.

The trail is not limited to hiking traffic. Its level terrain is well suited for family and group mountain bike outings as well as walking, jogging and cross-country skiing.

The Greenbrier River Trail begins 1.3 miles north of US 60 at Caldwell, West Virginia on Rt. 38. The trail parallels the river for 77 miles from Caldwell north to the town of Cass. Novice and intermediate mountain bikers will appreciate the packed gravel surface on the majority of the trail.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 9 The Number One State Park In WV by Charlotte McKeever Emswiler
Watoga is heaven on earth. Lived on the park as a child, father superintendent, worked at Watoga during my college years. I now take my grandchildren there, so many wonderful memories. My husband and I took a trip to Watoga yesterday. The weather was perfect and everything was beautiful. We need to go for a few days in the fall. We love to walk in the woods and build a big fire in the fireplace and chili in the crockpot. That is living!!!!
June 10 one 0f our favorite parks by mark
i have been raised not from from here,still love to go there.
September 27 The most beautiful place on the planet by Leslie Gallian
In summers when we take our girls to see some other part of the country for vacation, they whine for days about not getting their time at Watoga State Park! It is a true vacation for families in this day & age of fast-paced living, electronics and noise. You get a break from all of that.
February 24 Our favorite trip by Ronnie Holstein, Dorothy WV
I rented one of the 8-person cabins, and took my kids, their kids and wifes. We enjoyed a wonderful week of family togetherness in 2009. Beautiful place. No better vacation anywhere. I have already booked for 2010.
August 30 love the place by Tim from N.C.
I grew up going to Watoga with my grandparents in the summers . We tent camped back then and had alot of fun .. Last spring my wife and i stayed in one of the cabins(first time i had been back in 20+yrs) and my wife is now bugging me to book another trip up there ... Thanks to all the helpful staff ,we had a wonderful time and will be returning hopefully this fall.
July 24 Quiet Camping by Charlie in Salem, Va.
We enjoyed it. My wife and 2 kids (12 & 15 years old) hiked, fished, swam in the river and biked on the Greenbriar River Trail. Wish they had water hookups but bath house was clean. Park was very clean and quiet. We will be back.
May 8 Great Food
I recently traveled to Watoga and had the best meal in any State park. What a joy. The Pretty Penny, a little restaurant in the heart of the park was serving locally grown foods and it was delicious. What a wonderful trip back to West Virginia. It is so beautiful there. I love Watoga State Park.
July 18 Wonderful cabins by Wayne
We stayed in one of the cabins last year and enjoyed the weekend immensely. Beautiful park and area. Heading there again today. 7/18/08


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Hemlock Haven Cabins - Hico, WVCottages and Cabins
We are luxury, dog friendly cabins located in Fayette County minutes from the New and Gauley Rivers. Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, complete kitchens, washer and dryers, gas fireplaces, an outdoor 6-person hot tubs, gas grill, and a private fenced yard with a fire ring and benches.
Web Site: hemlockhavenwv.com
45.6 miles from park*
The Silver Maple Hubbard Inn - Franklin, WVBBs / Inns
Located on Main Street in Franklin, a short distance south of the only traffic light in town or the county for that matter. The 100-year old Victorian-style mansion has undergone extensive renovation.
Web Site: hubbardsinn.com
57.1 miles from park*
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Directions
Watoga can be reached from north of Hillsboro and south of Mill Point on US 219. A sign directs you to Watoga State Park. From this point, travel two miles on paved secondary road to the park entrance. An alternative route is to turn from WV 39 at Huntersville and travel nine miles to the north entrance of the park.

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