BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Beech Fork State Park campground has 275 sites, and many of them may now be reserved online. The online reservation service began March 15 and has proved to be popular with campers who want to plan their vacations well in advance.
“With the arrival of camping season, the park population can go from a few dozen park guests to several hundreds of people,” said Matt Yeager, Beech Fork state park superintendent. “Camping and the opportunity to be outdoors is an appealing vacation or getaway for many.
“The campground rental guidelines haven’t changed,” Yeager said. “This new service gives campers an ‘any time of the day’ option to make campsite reservations for Memorial to Labor Day weekend dates – online.”
Advance reservations may be made for sites 1-136 at Old Orchard and Moxley Branch campgrounds. The other sites remain first-come, first-served options. To make a reservation, visit www.beechforksp.com
and click on the reservation button. There is a two-night minimum for advance reservations and reservations must be made at least two days in advance.
Beech Fork State Park is located near Barboursville and Huntington and features the largest state park campground in the state park system. Beech Fork’s campground has four distinct areas with approximately 80 sites as lakefront settings.
Old Orchard is a 49-site, full hookup campground and is equipped with water, sewer and 20-, 30-, or 50-amp electric service. Old Orchard is open year-round; sites are numbered 1-49. Moxley Branch, Four Coves, and Lakeview camping areas each are equipped with 20- or 30-amp electric service. Sites at Moxley Branch are numbered 50-99. Four Coves sites are numbered 137-224, and Lake View area sites are numbered 225-275.
“Renumbering the sites was necessary to prepare for the online reservation service,” said Yeager. The original numbering system had a No. 1 campsite for each of the four areas.
Each of the four campground areas has full-service bathhouses and restroom facilities, complete with coin-operated laundry. Each campsite contains a grill and picnic table. Playground equipment is part of the campground amenities. Sites along the lake have mooring posts.
Reservations are taken for dates the Friday prior to Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day weekend, all campsite rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis until the next reservation season.
Beech Fork State Park also has six vacation cabins that are open year-round for vacations and rentals. The park offers recreation options that include an outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months, picnic shelter rentals, hiking, hand-dipped ice cream served in the Camper Store, and floatation rentals for lake use: canoes, kayaks, jon boats and paddle boats.
For events, activities, rates, and now online camping reservations at Beech Fork State Park, visit www.beechforksp.com
For cabin reservations or campground reservation and information, the office phone is 304-528-5794.