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WV DNR News Release
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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-2003 ext. 365 firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping Interest Remains Elevated With W.Va. State Park Visitors in 2009
Camping is expected to be popular this spring and summer, and West Virginia State Parks and Forests has 20 areas that offer reservable sites from the Thursday prior to Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, with an additional six areas that are first-come/first-served sites only.
State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger says that many people have the mistaken impression that reservations are needed prior to Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day. “Actually, from after Labor Day up and to the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend, we do not take nor would you need to make a reservation.”
Campgrounds in West Virginia state parks and forests are generally open from mid-April to mid-October, with some extending the season into hunting seasons, depending on the area. Four parks offer year-round options. Those areas are: Canaan Valley, Pipestem, Stonewall and Beech Fork state parks. Other campgrounds may allow camping if weather permits.
“The only time we take reservations is from the Thursday prior to Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. After that, the camping season declines when schools go back in session,” Caplinger says.
“Our campground areas and campsites offer a variety of types and settings throughout the state, and they are all very popular. Although no reservation system is perfect, we do our level best to accommodate everyone fairly while also recognizing the need for first-come/first-serve camping opportunities.”
The process for reserving a campsite at a state park or forest is on this schedule: first by mail (Feb. 15 – March 14); then by mail or phone (March 15-31); and finally by mail, phone, or in person (beginning April 1).
For more information about West Virginia State Parks and Forests, camping, cabins, lodge, golf, restaurants or events, call 800 CALL-WVA or visit online at www.wvstateparks.com.
W.Va. state parks and forests with reservable sites
West Virginia state parks and forests offering reservable sites are:: Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Camp Creek, Camp Creek - Double C Horse and Rider Campground, Cedar Creek , Chief Logan, Coopers Rock State Forest, Greenbrier State Forest, Holly River, Kanawha State Forest, Kumbrabow State Forest , North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Tomlinson Run, Tomlinson Run - Yurt Rentals, Twin Falls Resort, Tygart Lake, and Watoga state parks. Applications are available online to download and print. The Web page that lists parks with reservable sites and links to their application is: www.wvstateparks.com/lodging/camping.htm.
Canaan Valley Resort and all of Stonewall Resort’s sites offer reservable sites, but those applications are available by contacting Stonewall or Canaan Valley for reservations and guidelines.
Areas in the state park system that offer only first come, first served campsites are: Audra State Park, Berwind Lake WMA, Bluestone WMA, Moncove Lake State Park, Panther WMA, and Plum Orchard WMA
“We’re so sure that you’ll get a campsite before Memorial Day and after Labor Day without having to make reservations that we actually create some camping rate packages or other offers just to get attention that there is camping those other eight months of the year, September through April,” Caplinger says.
One way to learn about camping promotions, as well as cabin and lodging offers, is to subscribe to the West Virginia State Parks electronic newsletter on the Web site at www.wvstateparks.com or watch for new releases in local papers from the Division of Natural Resources. The www.wvdnr.gov Web site lists all the stories from DNR for anyone to read as well as an RSS feed when stories and state park events are posted. “It’s a very easy way to get our latest information,” Caplinger says.
The reservation process
February 15 through March 14, reservations by mail.
March 15-March 31, reservations by mail or phone.
April 1, reservations by mail, phone or in person.
West Virginia State Parks campground rules
When everyone plays by the rules, a campground becomes a community and creates a secure and positive outdoor experience for families and friends alike.