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Family Get-togethers a Breeze at WV State Parks

Reunions play a big part in West Virginia’s culture. They can be for families, schools, churches, businesses, military units, or for any groups of people who want to get together and catch up on each others’ lives.

Bill Lake met his future wife Jan, while working summers at Holly River State Park.  They now host their company picnic ever year at the park.

The Davis family has been walking in their family footsteps at Pipestem Resort State Park for the past 34 years.  Other families, the Emericks and Eades, come back to the park for their annual family reunions.

We are the descendants of Mike and Vernie Hamilton,” says Alicia Gherke, who helps organize the family’s annual party at North Bend State Park. “We have anywhere from 80 to 100 family and friends and for some, this is the only time of year we see each other. North Bend has the accommodations for all our needs.”

The Kerby family likes Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton in Taylor County for its annual summer reunion. “We gather each year to see our loved ones from Ohio and various parts of West Virginia,” says Donna Colebank.

Cacapon Resort State Park in the Eastern Panhandle has been host to a gathering of Maryland church campers for the past 18 years.

Fortunately, it’s easy to set up a new reunion or liven up an existing one with the help of reunion planners at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. “I’ve always enjoyed working with family reunions. I’ve watched parents come with their children and now their children’s children are making Blackwater Falls a part of their lives" says  Lois Reed, Lodge Manager, Blackwater Falls State Park.