HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - Holly River State Park has accomplished what many would have deemed impossible tasks following extensive damage from last fall’s winter storm. The campground is fully open, the cabins are available and were booked for Memorial Day weekend, and electricity and some of the phones are restored within a seven month time span under mostly winter conditions. Phone service has been restored to the park office.
Damage is still obvious from the late October storm that closed the Webster county destination. Trails are not open due to massive tree loss and debris conditions, and clearing is not anticipated to be completed for many months, perhaps years, according to Brad Reed, district administrator.
The swimming pool may open later in the summer. The park staff has cleared about two miles of trails leaving approximately 40 more miles of work in addition to opening the roadways, cabin and campground areas.
The electric service and communications service had to be totally rebuilt. The park office had operated from a remote park structure that had electricity since November. The terrain is mountainous and primarily a mature oak-hickory deciduous forest, compounding the difficulty in recovery.
Holly River Restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Marsha Jordan, office manager at Holly River, says cabins are booking for the summer and there is availability. "It's hard to believe that we're open. People didn't give up on us and continued to make reservations. It's good to be back."
To learn more about Holly River State Park, visit www.hollyriver.com
Brad Reed, District Administrator