SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Overnight facilities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests, currently closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, will start reopening to state residents on May 21.
Campgrounds are scheduled to open May 21, while cabins and lodges will open on May 26. To follow the guidelines of Gov. Jim Justice’s Safer at Home order and reopening plan for the state, overnight facilities will only be open to West Virginia residents. Most day-use areas remain open to the public, though social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
“Our first and most important priority at this time is making sure our guests, visitors and staff are safe,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Brad Reed. “We want to thank the Governor and our state’s health officials for leading us through this crisis and providing the guidance and resources we need to start reopening our parks and forests.”
For updates on the phased reopening and amended operations plan, visit www.wvstateparks.com/travel-alert.
Facilities Opening May 21
Park offices associated with camping, camp stores, campground bathhouses, golf courses, wobble clay shotgun ranges, riding stables, boat docks and other day-use recreational facilities are scheduled to open with amended operations on May 21. The park system’s customer service call center also will return to full operations. Boardwalks to popular overlooks at Blackwater Falls and Coopers Rock and the trail system at Beartown will open during this phase.
Camping reservations will be limited to West Virginia residents until further notice and only registered campers will be permitted to enter campgrounds. Tents, campers and trailers must be placed a minimum of 30 feet from neighboring camping units. Some campsites will be left vacant to accomplish this.