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News Release: January 17, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

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


Ken McClintic, Supt., Holly River State Park 304-493-6353 HollyRiverSP@wv.gov

It’s Holly by Golly in 2014 West Virginia state park recovers from 2012 storm damage

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - Holly River State Park is resilient. Two major storms in less than six months – a derecho followed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 – put the park squarely back into the 18th century by extinguishing electricity and wreaking havoc on the park’s infrastructure, resulting in several months of closure. However, Holly River State Park is back on track in 2014 and welcomes friends to return and invites newcomers to discover one of West Virginia’s most loved state parks.

Located in Hacker Valley in Webster County, the park opens cabin rentals to the public for vacation and recreational use April 4 through Nov. 30, 2014. Holly River’s 10 cabins are constructed of natural stone and logs. They are located in a peaceful setting of rhododendron and sturdy hemlock, through which flows a small stream feeding Laurel Fork.

“The cabins at Holly River are unique. Reservations are brisk so far,” according to Ken McClintic, park superintendent. “People are getting the word that we are open again and we hope they continue to spread the word. Like good friends, patrons return to Holly River year after year.”

The campground at Holly River has been restored and will reopen in April. Reservations are taken for site rentals from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. A reservation form is posted on the park website www.hollyriver.com  under the “Camping” tab.   

Campsite reservations are taken in written form beginning Feb. 15. A standard campsite fee at Holly River is $23 and includes electricity. Senior campers age 62 and older receive the senior discount rate. The phone number at Holly River is 304-493-6353 or email hollyriversp@wv.gov.

To learn more about Holly River State Park 2014 opening dates, special accommodation offers and the restaurant opening, subscribe to the electronic WV State Park newsletter. Click “join our newsletter” on www.wvstateparks.com. To receive state park updates via Facebook, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/ wvstateparks. 


Photos courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabins at Holly River State Park open for rental April 4, 2014.