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5 state parks you should explore this winter


Spark some life in your soul during the long winter months: Get out and fill your lungs with crisp, clean mountain air and discover the beauty of Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Explore nature under the barren canopies of a still, quiet forest. Clear your mind and re-energize in winter’s crystalline glow at these cold-weather-approved state parks.

As the state’s largest old-growth forest, Cathedral State Park will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. Amble along densely wooded paths under the shelter of towering virgin hemlocks. Breathe in the freshness in the air and saunter to the symphony of cracking twigs and leaves beneath your feet. Set high in Mountaineer Country, this park is the ultimate meditative escape for anyone looking to find peace and serenity this winter.

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