The traveling public from outside our state is finding out what those of us who live here already know—West Virginia’s state parks are great destinations.
The state Department of Tourism reports the parks are on track to reach 10 million visitors this year. For the past 20 years, visitation has never exceeded 7 million. Camping revenue is up 154 percent over the last four years.
More travelers are now looking for outdoor activities. That is right in West Virginia’s wheelhouse, with plenty of hiking and biking trails, whitewater rafting, ATV riding, aerial tours, skiing and sled runs, boating, camping, hunting and fishing… on and on.
The recent designation of the New River Gorge area as a National Park and Preserve is a huge boon. That elevates West Virginia to a national destination. The Park will draw an increasing number of visitors, and those tourists may find there are other places in West Virginia they would like to see.
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