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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: April 18, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section 304-558-2764 Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov

Outdoors in Spring – West Virginia State Parks Activities April 20-21

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Wildflower viewing and birding are just two of the popular outdoor activities planned at West Virginia’s state parks April 20 and 21.

            “State Parks are all about getting people outside to enjoy nature, and this is a good weekend for folks to enjoy what our state has to offer,” said Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for the West Virginia State Parks system.

Saturday, April 20

30th annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike at Chief Logan State Park

            Spend a day at Chief Logan State Park viewing spring wildflowers found along many park trails. Register in advance or regular registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Museum in the Park. The event includes continental breakfast, guided hike and lunch. The cost is $15 per adult and $11 for children the day of the event if not pre-registered. The event is sponsored by the Hemlock Hills Garden Club.  For more information call 304-583-2026.

Nature and Earth Day Extravaganza at Twin Falls Resort State Park

            Celebrate Earth Day with guided hikes and information on how to help the earth. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. find environmental activity stations and take advantage of two hikes leaving from Shelter #1: 10:30 a.m and again at 1 p.m.  Crafts and learning how to test water are part of the outdoor fun. Contact: 304-294-4000

Osbra Eye Memorial Walk at Kanawha State Forest

            Choose from a variety of guided wildflower walks on trails throughout the forest. Sponsored by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the swimming pool area. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for those under age 16. Walks are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and include wildflowers, medicinal/edible plants, trees, beginning and advanced birding, photography and other topics. Contact: 304-558-3500

Spring Bird Walk at Prickett's Fort State Park

            Beginning at 8 a.m., celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Free and open to the public. Hike leaders are Sue Olcott and Jim Evans. Contact: 304-363-3030

Sunday, April 21

Falls & Flowers: The Nature of Brush Creek at Pipestem Resort State Park

            Enjoy beautiful waterfalls and blooms along Brush Creek on this easy 2.5 mile round trip walk. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. to car caravan to the trail head. Allow a minimum of two hours. Hike leaders are Jim Phillips, Pipestem naturalist and NPS Ranger Richard Altare. Contact: 304-466-1800

Little Beaver’s Natural Wonders Walk at Little Beaver State Park

            The water’s edge is a place to find many of nature’s wonders, be it the still waters of the lake or along a mountain stream. Discover the watershed on this 1.1 mile hike that meets at the park office at 2:30 p.m. and concludes around 4:30 p.m.  Hike leaders are National Parks Service Rangers Eve West and Richard Altare. Contact: 304-763-2494

Walk through the Redbuds at Cacapon Resort State Park

            Redbud Weekend in Morgan County includes an easy one-mile hike on the Piney Ridge Trail to visit the Redbud trees and more at Cacapon Resort State Park. Open to the public, the walk starts at 1 p.m. and attendees should meet at the flagpole in front of the Lodge. The walk will take about 45 minutes.  Contact: 304-258-1022.

Spring Birding at Babcock State Park

            Stroll the diverse habitats of Babcock in search of the region’s more secretive beauties –birds. Meet at the Administration Building parking lot at 8 a.m. The birding adventure will last until about 9:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Sean Pettrey, assistant superintendent at Babcock State Park, and National Parks Service Ranger Reed Flinn. Contact: 304-438-3004