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Category:State Parks

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West Virginia state parks protect vast forests and some of West Virginia's most valuable historic sites and natural landmarks. Five state parks are resort parks and include lodges with restaurants as well as cabins and luxury cottages. All provide picnic areas with shelters, and most provide hiking trails and playgrounds. Many state parks also provide for biking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, horseback riding. Pipestem and Hawks Nest offer aerial tram rides into the gorges of the New and Bluestone rivers.

West Virginia's State Park and Forest System began in 1929. The first state park was established at Droop Mountain, the location of the largest engagement to take place in West Virginia during the American Civil War. The park was dedicated July 4th, 1928. During the Great Depression, the state's park system was expanded, in cooperation with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Park Service.