CAMP CREEK STATE FOREST
Consisting of nearly 5,300 acres of forest land this property is managed to demonstrate sound forest management principles through the concept of multiple-use. A hunter will find many species of game including deer, native wild turkey, ruffed grouse and a variety of small game. Camp Creek, from which these areas take their name, is one of the best stocked trout streams in the state and can offer hours of fishing enjoyment.
The park is situated just two miles off Interstate 77 at exit 20, Camp Creek State Park is an oasis for the vacationer. Whether you choose the park as a vacation site or a stop over on the way to another destination, rest assured you will find exactly what you are looking for. Surrounded by the breathtaking mountains of southern West Virginia, Camp Creek offers a chance to enjoy what state parks are all about.
Camp Creek State Forest is located in Mercer County, West Virginia. It was established in 1930 as one of the first state forests in West Virginia. The forest encompasses an area of approximately 5,270 acres and is known for its rugged topography, diverse flora and fauna, and recreational opportunities.
The history of Camp Creek State Forest dates back to the early 20th century when industrialization and logging were at their peak in West Virginia. With natural resources being exploited at a rapid pace, concerns arose about the preservation and conservation of forests. Consequently, the West Virginia Division of Forestry was established in 1914, and efforts were made to acquire and manage forested lands for the public's benefit.
The creation of Camp Creek State Forest was a part of this broader initiative to protect and utilize the state's resources sustainably. The forest was initially formed through a series of land acquisitions in the 1920s and 1930s. These lands, which were once forested but cleared for agriculture, were purchased by the state and reforested. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program, played a vital role in the reforestation efforts. CCC workers planted thousands of trees in the area, built trails, roads, bridges, and recreational facilities, leaving a lasting impact on the landscape.
Three separate campgrounds provide the variety campers enjoy.
Mash Fork Campground:
This campground contains 26 trailer/tent sites with electrical hookup, a heated bathhouse and two accessible sites. Camping units may be filled from water pumps before pulling onto sites. Picnic tables, grills and fire rings are at all campsites.
Blue Jay Campground:
This campground consists of 14 rustic tent sites. Amenities include pit toilets, water fountain, picnic tables, grills, and fire rings.
Firewood and ice are available for purchase. A coin laundry is available for your use.
A new gift shop is located in the park office and one is also located at the check-in building of Mash Fork campground.
Double C - Horse and Rider Campground:
A new camping option is available for horseback riders and their horse this year. ?Double C? Campground features access to approximately 35 miles of horseback trails. There are two, four, and six horse occupancy sites available in this area. Campers may only bring the number of horses in which their campsite stalls can accommodate.
This campground is by reservation only and offers vault toilets, fire rings and picnic tables. Showers are available for use at the Mash Fork Camping area.