What to do in Watoga State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Watoga State Park.

A restaurant and commissary are located in the park's rustic administration building. The restaurant is open daily form May 1 through October. The commissary provides park guests with staple groceries, dairy products and soft drinks they may have forgotten to pack.

Of the 34 cabins Watoga has to offer, ten are modern (8-four person modern and two-eight person modern) and 24 are standard cabins from two to six persons. Two of these cabins meet ADA accessibility guidelines. Additional cots are available in cabins for a nominal fee.

The modern cabins are frame construction, featuring wood paneled walls, forced air furnace and stone fireplace.(Cabins #3 and #16 feature gas log fireplaces).

The quaint standard cabins are of log and stone construction with natural stone fireplaces. All cabins are equipped with electric lighting , modern kitchen appliances and bathrooms with showers. Completely equipped for housekeeping, the cabins feature cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens and towels.

Watoga's modern cabins are open year-round, while the standard

Game Court and Recreation Building - Located near the swimming pool, this area features tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, croquet, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes and ping pong, all at a nominal fee. Playground equipment is also provided here as well as in both campground areas.

Horseback Riding - Watoga's Windy Hill Quarter Horse Stables are open from late May through mid-September. Guided trail rides are offered for a 1/2 hour or an hour.

Swimming Pool - The swimming pool at Watoga is open beginning Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.

Naturalist Program - A seasonal naturalist plans and conducts activities to help familiarize guests with the flora and fauna the park. This program consists of slide shows, hikes, athletic events, campfires and other activities to acquaint guests not only with Watoga, but other visitors as well. Naturalist programs are offered during the summer season.

Boating - Paddle or row boat rentals are available at Watoga's 11 acre lake. Relax on a paddle boat or do some fishing.

Miscellaneous Recreation - A variety of other activities are available including fishing on the nearby Greenbrier River or hiking on the Greenbrier River Trail. Hunting opportunities abound at nearby state and national forests.

Swimming, Boat RentalFishing, PicnickingGame Courts, HikingPlaygrounds, Horseback RidingNature Programs

Watoga can be reached from north of Hillsboro and south of Mill Point on US 219. A sign directs you to Watoga State Park. From this point, travel two miles on paved secondary road to the park entrance. An alternative route is to turn from WV 39 at Huntersville and travel nine miles to the north entrance of the park.

West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

HC 82, Box 252
Marlinton, WV 24954

Phone: 304-799-4087,1-800-CALL-WVA

Email: E-mail: watoga@wvdnr.gov
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