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Watoga State Park, Marlinton

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Watoga State Park is the largest of West Virginia’s state parks, covering slightly over 10100acre. It is located near Seebert in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.HistoryThe land that forms the nucleus of Watoga was originally acquired in January 1925, when the park was initially planned to be a state forest. In May 1934, a decision was made to instead develop the site as a state park. Much of the development on the site was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the park was first opened on July 1, 1937.New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic DistrictThe New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District is a national historic district encompassing 59 contributing buildings, 35 contributing structures, 2 contributing sites, and 11 contributing objects. They include water fountains; trails; a swimming pool; a reservoir; rental cabins; and picnic shelters; as well as a former CCC camp. The park is the site of the Fred E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum, a 400-acre arboretum that encompasses the drainage of Two Mile Run. Named in honor of Fred E. Brooks, a noted West Virginia naturalist who died in 1933, the Arboretum’s construction began about 1935 and a dedication was held in 1938.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.Features 34 cabins 2 campgrounds with 88 total campsites Swimming pool 11acre fishing lake Hiking trails Brooks Memorial Arboretum Ann Bailey Lookout Tower Greenbrier River Trail
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  • Park is great for families or anyone. Very large pool for the summer. Very clean and well-maintained park. Paddle boats to rent for the lake. 
  • I have stayed at this park in both the cabins and campground. I would recommend both. A wonderfully maintained CCC park. 
  • This is one of the older parks in WV and a lot of work was done by the CCC. It is evident from looking around and amazing what was done in the past. There are lots of outdoors type stuff to do. Rememb...  read more »
  • We recently rented a rustic cabin at Watoga. We love going here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is very quiet. It offers a small lake with boat rentals and fishing, hiking trails, a swimming pool, and lots of playgrounds and places to cook out. There is also a campground at the park. The park is on the Greenbrier river and only a few minutes from the Greenbrier River Trail. While there was no cable television, no phone, and no Internet access (which is exactly what we were looking for), the cabin is fully furnished and has a large fireplace and a full kitchen stocked with everything you need to prepare a meal. The office does have free high speed wireless Internet for those that need to stay connected. The staff at the park are friendly and attentive. We absolutely love Watoga and Pocahontas County. Be sure to check out Jack Horner's Country Corner store in Siebert for anything that you need during your stay from food, entertainment, bike or kayak rentals, river tubing, etc...
  • Great Camping spots, always kept clean and upkeep. Great staff in the check in office. And knowledgeable of the area.
  • I've stayed at a couple of the cabins several times and they are awesome, plus there is a wide range of style/size/prices to choose from. The park itself is beautiful, with lots of wooded hills/streams and trails...and a nice little lake near the visitor center. This park is a gem of a park in West Virginia.
  • Very nice park with nice campground. Camped here several times.
  • Great place! Wilderness at its best. Very peaceful.
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