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WV State Parks packed with activities and more Oct. 18-20, 2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - From a singles disc golf tournament at Pipestem Resort in Summers County to a moonlight walk at Cacapon Resort in Morgan County, West Virginia’s state parks offer many fall activity options the weekend of Oct. 18-20.
“State parks in West Virginia remain open this time of year and state-operated areas do not charge admission fees,” said Sissie Summers, spokeswoman for state parks programming services. “We encourage residents and guests to visit and enjoy your state park system every chance they get.”
PIPESTEM RESORT STATE PARK, Pipestem, 304-466-1800, www.pipestemresort.com
- “Tracks and More” meets at the Nature Center at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 for an easy stroll around the grounds to discover some of the signs that animals leave behind. The activity lasts about one hour and welcome families. The nature center is open from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Ballroom Dance Lessons are offered in the Faulconer Room at the McKeever Lodge Friday evening, Oct. 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Lessons and dancing are free and open to anyone wanting to learn ballroom dancing.
- “Fall Fling” Singles Disc Golf Tournament is a first at Pipestem Resort and scheduled Saturday, Oct. 19. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Recreation Center and there is a tournament fee of $10 per person. Disc Golf tee off is at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the “Top Three Finishers” and “Closest to the Pole.” Bring your discs and join in this casual tournament, all ages and skill levels welcome. Discs are also available for rent.
- Bluestone River Walk departs from Mountain Creek Lodge at 10 a.m. and follows the Bluestone River. Access to Mountain Creek is via aerial tram and hikers should allow 15 minutes for the tram ride down. The return tram trip is $2. The Oct. 19 hike will be about one-and-a-half to two hours long.
CHIEF LOGAN LODGE, Logan, 304-855-6100, www.chiefloganlodge.com
- Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Chief Logan Lodge is Oct. 18 and 19 at the conference center located between Chapmanville and Logan, 1 mile off US 119. The bazaar is open to the public Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is no admission fee to shop. The restaurant will be open. Stay two or more nights and the room rate is 50 percent off standard rate, suites included - OR - get a free second night with purchase of first night at $99 (standard room cost) total with taxes and all inclusive of bazaar, entertainment and refreshments. Evening entertainment and refreshments for hotel guests at the fire pit both nights: 8 to 10 p.m. Hear West Virginia folk music from its roots in the hills, rural towns, and coal fields and serving s ’mores and hot chocolate. (Bad weather option will be around the fireplace in the Grand Lobby.)
CACAPON RESORT STATE PARK, Berkeley Springs, 304-258-1022, www.cacaponresort.com
- Moonlight “Walk in the Park” begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, and is a peaceful moonlit walk beneath early evening skies of October. The walk begins at the golf course starter building and follows paved cart paths. Strollers are permitted on the cart path; however, pets are not allowed. Wear sturdy shoes and dress according to the weather. Please, park in the parking lots provided. In the event of rain, the walk will be Oct. 19. Moonlight Walk in the Park is co-sponsored by Starting Points of Morgan County.
- Whirling, Twirling & All Fall Down! is Oct. 19. Meet the park naturalist at the Nature Center at 10 a.m. to explore what makes leaves turn colors in the fall while enjoying the natural landscape of the Ridge Trail. This trail is approximately 2 miles with a few hills.
- Spider Craft is at the Cacapon Nature Center Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Participants will create a spider picture frame. At 2:30 p.m., Leave it to Me is a fall leaf craft and leaf identification program. Both activities are open to any age.
- Ghosts of Cacapon Past is an Oct. 19, 4 p.m. program about CCC Camp Morgan. The Civilian Conservation Corps helped to construct many of the structures at Cacapon. Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center to learn more about the CCC and their impact in the Morgan County area.
LITTLE BEAVER STATE PARK, Beaver, 304-763-2494, www.littlebeaverstatepark.com
- A Haunted Trail at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley, minutes off I-64, opens Friday, Oct. 18 and is open Oct. 19, 20, and every night Oct. 23-31. The haunted trail is fun for all ages and is open from dark until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and other dates from dark until 10 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 11 and younger and $8 for ages 12 and older.
TOMLINSON RUN STATE PARK, New Manchester, 304-564-3651, www.tomlinsonrunsp.com
- Kids Halloween Party is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The event is for youth nine years and younger and it is boo-dles of fun. The $2 attendance fee includes kids’ games, prizes, crafts, baked goods and a costume contest.
KANAWHA STATE FOREST, Charleston, 304-558-3500, www.kanawhastateforest.com
- October Bird of the Month at Kanawha State Forest is the American Crow. Join Forest Naturalist Sara Miller and Master Naturalist Lynn Hartman Oct. 19, 11 a.m., at the swimming pool building, to learn about this highly intelligent yet often-underappreciated bird. The crow is common in our area, but is no ordinary bird! Come meet the Clever Crows of Kanawha State Forest and experience a Halloween-themed event full of amazing real life crow antics and storytelling for the kids.
- Celebrate Fall Foliage Hike is Sunday, Oct. 20. Hike to higher elevations to view fall foliage for a breathtaking view and to take a breath. Meet at Shelter No. 5 at 2 p.m. to depart. Hikers are encouraged to bring water.
TYGART LAKE STATE PARK, Grafton, 304-265-6144, www.tygartlake.com
- The 6th annual Fall Festival at Tygart Lake State Park runs Oct. 19-21. The event features hayrides, craft exhibits and sales, activities for kids, and music. Wine tastings, a pig roast and lumberjacks are new additions to this year’s events. Tygart Lake features a 20-room lodge, cabins, camping and restaurant. For more details and times call Tygart Lake State Park or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Do some early Christmas shopping at the Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Chief Logan Lodge Oct. 19 and 20. The American Crow will be featured at an Oct. 19 event at Kanawha State Forest.