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News Release: July 22, 2013

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


Ken Caplinger, Chief of Parks and Recreation Section    304-558-2764 DNR.Parks@wv.gov

“Times Change” – West Virginia State Parks Cabin Reservation Policy Changes for Remainder of Summer

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For the rest of this summer, visitors may reserve cabins at West Virginia’s state parks for a shorter-than-normal time period. Effective now through Labor Day weekend, the West Virginia State Parks system is reducing the minimum advance cabin reservation requirements from a week to only a two-night minimum at all parks with cabins. While many parks’ cabins are booked for the remainder of the summer into Labor Day weekend, several areas have openings on weekends in July and August, as well as mid-week.

            Parks and forests participating in the “Times Change” cabin rental night program include: Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone state parks, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Cacapon Resort, Cass Scenic Railroad state parks, Greenbrier State Forest, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort state parks, Seneca State Forest, Twin Falls Resort, Tygart Lake and Watoga state parks.

             “Times change and we’ve been seeing changes in how far ahead folks make cabin reservations and also a greater interest in shorter term rentals as opposed to weekly reservations, which was the custom for decades,” Caplinger said. “Over the past several years, the park system has liberalized summer cabin rental policies with many areas offering three or four night reservation options during summer as opposed to a weeklong minimum. For the rest of this summer, however, we’re taking it yet another step. We’re reducing the minimum required number of advance cabin reservation nights to two, which should benefit folks looking to get back to nature before summer’s end but for a shorter period of time.” 

            Looking ahead past Labor Day, the park system always offers a mid-week cabin discount in September at several areas. Also, several parks offer an “Awesome August” cabin rate option to encourage late summer travel.

            Learn more about West Virginia’s state parks and forests at www.wvstateparks.com.