Celebrate West Virginia Day Weekend at West Virginia’s State Parks

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Celebrate West Virginia Day Weekend at West Virginia’s State Parks

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hiking, biking, and picnicking are all traditional West Virginia Day outdoors activities, but there are other things to do this West Virginia Day weekend at many of the state’s parks and forests.  Leading the way is Twin Falls Resort State Park with an invitation to visit the new lodge expansion, which was dedicated June 15. 

            “For Twin Falls, every day in the month of June is West Virginia Day,” according to Supt. Scott Durham.  “To celebrate, lodge room rentals are 50 percent off for any room type through June 30. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the new facilities at an even more affordable rate.”  The offer is for any night and reservations may be made by phone, 304-294-4000.

            Twin Falls State Park offers an 18-hole golf course, exceptional wildlife watching areas, camping, hiking, restaurant, vacation cabins, outdoor swimming and Pioneer Farm.


Events and activities planned June 17 – 20 at other West Virginia’s state parks and forests include:

·         June 17-20
West Virginia Mountain Heritage Weekend at Stonewall Resort located in Lewis County, Exit 91 off I-79.
Appalachian culture is featured at Stonewall Resort through food, music and artisan products. 
Contact Stonewall Resort State Park, 304-269-7400

·         June 17-19
WV Days Celebration at Canaan Valley Resort
 will host its 15th Annual West Virginia Days Celebration with a Civil War re-enactment, authentic encampment, and battlefield and surgery demonstrations.  Arts, crafts, hayrides and other activities are planned. There is no charge to attend.
Contact David Vance, 304-866-4121 x2788

·         June 17-18

Geology! Rocks evening program on June 17 and morning rock walk on June 18 is scheduled at North Bend State Park Geologists from the WV Economic and Geologic Survey will present West Virginia geologic history during the Friday evening program at the park's lodge and a Saturday morning 10 a.m. walk and the Overhanging Rock Trail. There is no fee to attend

Contact North Bend State Park 304-643-2931.

·         June 18

Owls, hawks and an eagle take the stage with Three Rivers Avian Center at Tygart Lake State Park.  Visitors will learn about birds of prey found in West Virginia. The program begins at 2 p.m. There is no fee to attend. Contact Tygart Lake State Park, 304 - 265-6144

·         June 18
Bluegrass Buffet at Whittaker Station is one of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s special evening trains.
Bluegrass music by Allegheny Outback, a self-serve buffet dinner and train ride to Whittaker Station makes a full evening event. The train departs at 5:15 p.m. and there are optional locomotive shop tours or Cass Showcase presentations and self-guided tours of Camp Whittaker, a re-created logging camp.  Special Evening Trains require reservations and the package price is Adult: $36; Child, 5-12, $26; Child, under 5, $16.  Open to individuals, families and larger groups. 
Contact Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, 304-456-4300

·         June 18
Halloween at the Campground at Tomlinson Run State Park
 encourages visitors to the campsites to decorate their campsite and campers for prizes; then the kids trick or treat at marked campsites.
Contact Tomlinson Run State Park, 304-564-3651

·         June 18-19
Historic Arts Workshop at Prickett’s Fort State Park features Kimberlee Miller teaching b
obbin lace (or pillow lace), which takes its name from the way it is made: on a firm pillow to which a pricked-out pattern is tacked and each twist of the bobbins is held in place by a pin.  For all its intricate and elegant appearance, there are only two different movements of bobbins in the formation of the lace: the twist and the cross. Make a bookmark in this weekend workshop. Class is open to anyone who wants to get started or build their skills.  Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.  The cost for Pricketts Fort Foundation Members is $40, for non-members $44.  Register on-line www.prickettsfort.org/shop
Contact Prickett’s Fort State Park, 304-363-3030

·         June 18
West Virginia Day Celebration finds Irish Road Bowling and the Lilly Boys Bluegrass band at Blackwater Falls State Park. A day full of activities is planned to celebrate the great state of West Virginia.  The day involves family fun from paddleboat races, t-shirt tie dying to a campsite decoration competition.  The great fun sport of Irish Road Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. and is great for all ages (small rental fee of ball is returned when ball or bowl is returned).  Evening entertainment by the Lilly Boys Bluegrass Band

            Contact Blackwater Falls State Park: 304-259-5216.

·         June 18

Fundamentals of Fly Fishing, The “Lure” of Trout Fishing with Sam Knotts, owner of Appalachian Fly fishing and Guide Service is scheduled at Holly River State Park, 1 p.m. Discussion of Fly tying (hands on) and casting instructions in the Schoolyard at the Windy Gap School is planned. 

            Contact Holly River State Park, 304-493-6353

·         June 19

Father’s Day and at Tomlinson Run State Park fathers accompanied by one paying child swim, boat and mini golf for free.
Contact Tomlinson Run State Park 304-564-3651

·         June 19

Irish Road Bowling at Canaan Valley Resort.  An old game with new-life continues to become a popular sport as the WV Irish Road Bowling Association continues to schedule IRB events and activities throughout West Virginia. Visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com to learn more.
Contact Canaan Valley Resort State Park, 304-866-4121

·         June 19

A West Virginia Day Celebration on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park invites visitors to take a sternwheeler ride on the Island Belle across the beautiful Ohio River to Blennerhassett Island and join in celebrating West Virginia’s 148th birthday.  Birthday cake will be served at 2 p.m.
Contact Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, 304-420-4800

·         June 19

A WV Birthday Celebration and Band Concert at Kanawha State Forest by the Kanawha Valley Community Band will be directed by Robert Leighty. Birthday cake and cold drinks will be provided. The concert is free admission and begins at 3 p.m. at the swimming pool area. There is ample parking. Bring a lawn chair for seating if you like.
Contact 304-558-3500

·         June 19

An WVMBA Point Series Event #5 is being held at North Bend State Park . There will be three cross-country courses for beginners, sport and experts have been laid out each with a different distance.  For information, contact event organizer Stephen Worden at 304-643-2750. 

·         June 20

Double-up! at Cacapon Resort State Park with the park recognizing both West Virginia Day and Father’s Day. Special nature and recreation programs will be held throughout the day for families.  The park restaurant will feature a Father’s Day buffet. 
Contact 304-258-1022

·         June 20

Prickett’s Fort State Park celebrates with half-price fort admission, lemonade and birthday cake from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to enter the Union. 
Contact Prickett’s Fort State Park, 304-363-3030


            Special events and activities scheduled for the complete year are posted online at www.wvstateparks.com  Many parks offer daily activities presented by onsite naturalists in addition to special events. Call the specific park or forest to learn more about hikes, stream searches, crafts and othr outdoor activities.


West Virginia Division of Natural Resources                  

Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor                              
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 17, 2011

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer 304-957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov  
Contact: Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 dnr.wildlife@wv.gov