DOTW - Holly River State Park, W V

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Registered: 03-27-2003
DOTW - Holly River State Park, W V
Mon, 10-13-2003 - 8:01pm

General Information

The dense forests of Holly River State Park provide guests with a natural feeling of peaceful solitude. Located near the center of the state in Webster County, it is far from the hustle and bustle of city life making it a perfect vacation getaway.

Holly River is the second largest park in the West Virginia park system with a total of 8,101 acres. Nestled in a narrow valley, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains some reaching heights of over 2,800 feet.

In the midst of this woodland paradise, park guests will find a myriad of recreational opportunities. Playing tennis on modern courts, surrounding yourself with nature on one of the numerous hiking trails, or just soaking up the sun by the swimming pool--all of these spell Holly River State Park.


Opening on Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day, you can experience several different types of recreational challenges.

Facilities include:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes

    A nominal fee is charged.

  • During the summer season, a park program coordinator plans special activities for the nature/recreational program. Such popular features as nature hikes, films, hayrides, marshmallow roasts and sports events are organized for your added enjoyment.

    Hiking on the many trails the park offers is another way to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the region. Trails to two waterfalls, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa, named for two legendary Indian chiefs of the area, are quite popular. Or perhaps you might prefer the hike to Potato Knob with its commanding view at 2,480 feet. At the bottom you won't want to miss the famous "Shupe's Chute" waterfall.

    A trout rearing pond is located near the park headquarters; guests may learn about the many types of trout that are stocked on the park.

    Nearby Recreation Destinations include:

  • Sutton Lake
  • Burnsville Lake
  • West Virginia Wildlife Center
  • Elk River Public Hunting and Fishing Area
  • Kumbrabow State Forest
  • Helvetia, a quaint town settled by the Swiss with a Swiss-style restaurant, gift shop and Cheese Haus.

  • Accomodations


    Guests visiting Holly River State Park may choose from among ten completely furnished standard cabins for their stay (five 2-person and five 4-person cabins). Constructed of either natural stone and/or logs, they are located in a peaceful setting of rhododendron and sturdy hemlock through which courses a small stream feeding Laurel Fork.

    Each cabin features:

  • A wood-burning insert in a stone fireplace

  • bath with shower

  • fully equipped kitchen w/ modern appliances and utensils

  • towels, dishcloths, and linens

    Cots and cribs are available at a nominal fee and may be reserved in advance to avoid a handling charge.

  • Cabins are open from the first weekend in April through the fourth Monday in November. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 10 a.m. No pets are allowed in the cabins or cabin area


    For those park guests who want to rough it, there is the alternative of Holly River's excellent camping facilities. The 88-unit campground offers electric hookups, picnic tables, and cooking grills at each site. A dumping station and four centralized bathhouses with toilet facilities, hot water showers and coin-operated washers and dryers round out the list of conveniences. Firewood is available for a nominal fee. Camping areas are normally open from the first weekend in April through November with a maximum camping period of two weeks allowed. Only one tent or trailer is allowed per site and check-in time is noon.


    Holly River offers a homey, wood-paneled restaurant with wood-burning fireplace for those who want a delicious break from the picnics, campsite cookouts and cabin-cooked meals.

    Park Store - Guests will find staple groceries, sundries and special treats.

    Picnic Shelters - There are two large pavilions that may be rented by the day. The Old Pavilion is a rustic but conveniently located shelter built in the 1930's.


    iVillage Member
    Registered: 03-30-2003
    Tue, 10-14-2003 - 8:05am
    Wow! This sounds like a great park, and not too far away for my 'stuck in New England' family! Sylvia