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State Park Geology

How were the famous Blackwater Falls formed?

How did Canaan Valley get to be so wide?

West Virginia’s state parks and forests are famous for their natural beauty, and that includes the makeup of the land on which they are located. The geologic setting of West Virginia’s state parks also can teach a lot about the natural history of our state and region. A new series of publications focusing on the geology of state parks reveals the landforms, geologic history, and rocks of these scenic areas in words and photographs, and it’s done in an easy-to-understand format.

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Geology of Cacapon Resort and Lost River State Parks

Cacapon Resort and Lost River state parks are the two largest parks located in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. Separated by about 53 miles, each park has its own beauty and character.  Learn about their geology in this brochure.
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Geology of Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Park

Information on the geology of Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls state parks.

These booklets are produced by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey in cooperation with West Virginia State Parks. Each is available for $5.95 and can be ordered from the Publications Sales office of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1 Mont Chateau Road, Morgantown, WV 26508-8079; phone (304) 594-2331. Mail orders should include 6 percent sales tax if mailed to a West Virginia address and $4.95 shipping and handling for each order.

The booklets also are available at many state parks and forests that have gift shops, including Cacapon Resort, Lost River, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley Resort. Visit online West Virginia State Parks at www.wvstateparks.com for details.