SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Whether the natural elements are cold or moderate, many state parks in West Virginia are open for a trip-away option at lodges, cabins and even some campgrounds. January lodging and camping discounts are being offered at some facilities.
“Visits in winter months to parks are great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the comfort that rooms, cabins and restaurants offer,” said Emily Fleming, interim state parks chief and assistant to the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. January overnight and recreational opportunities at West Virginia’s state parks include:
WV50 - $50 per night lodging rate
WV50 offers a reduced room rate of $50 per night at seven lodges in January. It is available through the online reservation program or by calling any of these parks and asking for WV50. Participating state parks include Twin Falls, Pipestem, North Bend, Hawks Nest, Cacapon, Chief Logan and Tygart Lake. Customers affected by the current water outages in parts of West Virginia have been calling these parks for overnight accommodations and taking advantage of the WV50 discount.
Camping is primarily a spring-through-fall recreational pursuit, but winter camping is an option at Beech Fork State Park. Full hookup sites are open when campers heat-tape or properly insulate the camper waterlines. Full hookup includes water, electricity and sewer. Rates are $33 for full hook up. Beech Fork State Park is extending a half price campsite rental rate to campers who are affected by the water outages during the state of emergency in nine West Virginia counties.
Cabin and Lodge Discounts at State Parks
Blackwater Falls has a Stay-and-Play rate for mid-week visitors.
State Parks cabins are open all year and some offer attractive winter rates. Parks with cabins open year-round are Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Cass Scenic Railroad (houses), Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall, Twin Falls and Watoga.
- Beech Fork State Park’s Wildlife Watchers cabin special is offered from Nov. 1 through March 31. Guests can rent two nights, save 20 percent off the published rates and stay the third consecutive night at no charge.
- Blackwater Falls State Park, near Canaan Valley Resort and ski/tubing area, has a Stay-and-Play rate for mid-week visitors. The cabin rental rate for the north- or south-side cabins is 20 percent off mid-week through March 17, 2014.
- Bluestone State Park has a Vortex Rate of 20 percent off winter rates at the park’s cabins through January. Call Bluestone State Park at 304-466-2805.
- Watoga State Park has offered a “Watoga Winter” rate for several years. “We also call it the Three Dog Night rate,” said Kelly Smith, assistant superintendent. “It is very popular with folks looking for rest and quiet.” Guests staying three nights Sunday through Thursday get a 50 percent off rate. The cabins at Watoga are equipped for cooking and include linens. www.watoga.com
- Twin Falls and Pipestem Resort have long-standing Sunday-through-Monday lodge specials from January through March. “Sunday/Monday” or “Crackerjack” is 50 percent off room rates at either park lodge. The rate encourages winter visitation on typically less busy days, through March 31, at a reduced rate.
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