Water activities popular at Watoga State Park

POCAHONTAS COUNTY – West Virginia’s largest state park in acreage is Watoga State Park. Located in Pocahontas County, Watoga is known for its mountain terrain, meandering streams and lake.

“The cabins and campgrounds are wonderful,” says summer naturalist Cheryle Boggs. “Park visitors can enjoy family time in our historic cabins or at a campsite, attend activities and learn a little something more about the outdoors.”

Nature draws visitors to Watoga year-round. Boggs and Watoga Park Superintendents Mark Wylie and Kelly Smith enjoy sharing nature and information in the form of hikes, programs and presentations. The planned activities are posted to the park website as available and at the park office.

Activities scheduled at Watoga State Park through Saturday include:

Today:

Making a Bat Mobile craft at the Nature Center is about the mammals and not the machine. Craft begins at 2 p.m.

Geologist Ken Ashton from the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey talks about the eons of geology and the Watoga area starting at 7 p.m. at the recreation building.

Saturday:

A Fern Walk led by Park Superintendent Mark Wylie starts at 10:30 a.m. Meet Wylie at the Fred E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum for this interpretative hike. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

The Geology Car Tour is a follow-up presentation by geologist Ken Ashton. This program is a car tour that will show guests different geologic areas at Watoga and nearby. The tour starts at the swimming pool parking lot at 2 p.m. and will last for two or more hours. It’s a great opportunity to learn about what’s underneath West Virginia.

Watoga State Park is 10,000 acres and features 34 cabins, including 10 available year-round for rental; two campgrounds with a total of 88 campsites; hiking trails; outdoor swimming pool; arboretum and watchable wildlife.

The popular vacation park is close to many attractions in Pocahontas County, including Seneca State Forest, Droop Mountain Battlefield, Beartown State Park, Seneca State Forest, the Greenbrier River Trail and Cass Scenic Railroad. Visit www.watoga.com or call 304-799-4087 for cabin, camping and activity information.