BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - A mix of lawn games, hiking, and water-oriented activities are offered weekly as part of a five-day schedule at Beech Fork State Park, located near Huntington and Barboursville. In addition to organizing nature and recreational activities, Beech Fork summer naturalist Jason Bryant also assist in the rental of pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and row boats at the park. Organized activities are open to the public and free of charge.
Activities at Beech Fork State Park, July 24-28, 2013, include:
Wednesday, July 24
Corn hole and bocce ball sets at the boat docks. Bocce ball will start at 2 p.m. and corn hole at 4 p.m.
Thursday July 25
Meet at the dock for a Paddle Boat Race at 5 p.m. Each boat must have someone over 16 years of age on board. There will be FREE ice cream for the boat paddlers who come in first!
Friday July 26
Hayrides start at 6 p.m. at the Park Headquarters/Camper’s Corner. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday July 27
Lost Trail Hike begins at 1 p.m. at Moxley Branch campground bathhouse. Lost Trail is a great hike for those looking for a good workout or to learn about Beech Fork’s flora and fauna. This trail offers great views and is very diverse in its flora. Enjoy the opportunity to have a free guide through this trail that contains many switchbacks. Bring water and wear good footwear. The hike is about 3.5 miles.
Bocce ball and corn hole begins at 4 p.m.
Nature Trail Investigation begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camper’s Corner. This activity has participants look for insects. Naturalist Jason Bryant will have examination boxes to observe and catch insects, a favorite activity for the kids.
Fire building and marshmallow roast starts at 8 p.m. at the campfire circle near the Overlook Trail. Anyone interested in seeing how a fire can be built without the use of matches or a lighter? Naturalist Jason Bryant will be using a flint starter. He will have FREE marshmallows for roasting right after the fire is built.
Sunday July 28
The Mary Davis Trail Hike is a challenge for most hikers and contains many side trails. The weather is generally hot so dress appropriately, bring plenty of water, and plan to hike for about 4 ½ hrs. This trail has many inclines so good footwear is a must. The total trail length is about sevenmiles. The Mary Davis Trail Hike starts at 1 p.m. and departs from Moxley Branch Bathhouse.
For more information about Beech Fork State Park activities, swimming, and camping or cabin rentals, visit www.beechforksp.com
or call 304-528-5794.
Matt Yeager, Supt., Beech Fork State Park