Since Governor Jim Justice took office, the state parks system has invested over $100 million in infrastructure improvements with plans to do more.
Last month, state lawmakers approved the governor’s proposal to spend $42 million in budget surplus funds on state park expansion and renovations.
The state will build 230 new campsites at three state parks and two state forests. Twenty new cabins are going in at Coopers Rock State Forest and 25 new tree house cabins will be built at Beech Fork State Park. New bathhouses are also going in at every park.
“Hopefully we get all these repairs done and will continue to have enough revenue to invest back into the system. Ultimately, we want the parks system to be self sufficient,” said Steve McDaniel, director of the state Division of Natural Resource
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