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Discover the wonders of West Virginia’s most majestic parks and forests


When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, West Virginia state parks have it all. There’s plenty of recreational activities and comfy amenities and some of the world’s most awe-inspiring views. Each state park and forest is majestic in its own way, but here are few Almost Heaven sights to check out this summer.

Cathedral State Park is a natural sanctuary for West Virginia’s only remaining stand of virgin hemlock. This park’s canopy of towering hemlocks and hardwoods forms a cathedral-like ceiling. Stand in their midst for even a minute and breathe in fresh air and you’ll find yourself connecting to nature in whole new ways. The oldest hemlock in the park, which is estimated to be about 500 years old, is 123 feet tall and 20 feet around at the base. Your eyes will be drawn skyward during your visit, but don’t forget to look down and around. Cathedral is home to 170 species of trees, ferns and wildflowers.

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