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The Watoga State Park Foundation was formed in 2015.  And it is a nonprofit (501c3) that supports Watoga State Park in West Virginia.  Furthermore, Watoga State Park is West Virginia’s oldest and largest state park.  In addition, the Park is  located in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, near Virginia.

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Most of all, Watoga State Park Foundation purpose is to be a resource for Watoga State Park and the public.  The Foundation supports the park’s recreation, conservation, ecology, history and natural resources.


To further its work on behalf of the Park and public, Watoga State Park Foundation is holding the 3rd annual Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races. 5K and Half Marathon August 11, 2018.


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Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races

Race Registration

The Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races  is a primary fund-raiser for Watoga State Park Foundation.  Furthermore, the Races are a great and fun trial for racers.  The Challenge is 2 races.  Most noteworthy is the Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Half Marathon.  Especially relevant is the 5K

In addition, each race is run on a separate mountain trail course while sharing the start – finish line.Runners crossing Beaver Creek Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races

Watoga State Park
4800 Watoga Park Road
Marlinton, WV 24945


Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races

Which race for you? See course description links below, featuring new 3D interactive course maps!

Both races start and finish at the Beaver Creek Campground in Watoga State Park

Age Groups: 14 and under, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, and 70 +

Timing by Appalachian Timing Group

Awards for each race: 1st & 2nd overall, male and female, plus 1st & 2nd in each age group, male and female. Finisher’s medal for half marathon challenge.

Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races Half Marathon

Saturday August 11, 2018 8:30am

Entry Fee $40 *

Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races 5K

Saturday August 11, 2018 8:40am

Entry Fee $25 **

Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge Races Resources Links

Half Marathon 


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2018 Registration Form

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Race Directions

Race Registration

  • * Registration $40 before July1, $45  July 1 – August 10, $50 Race day
  • **Registration $25 before July 1, $30 July 1 – August 10, $35 Race day



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A variety of lodging options are available.  Rental cabins and campgrounds are within the park.  National Forest Campgrounds are close by.  Beds and Breakfast and motels are also reasonably convenient.


Watoga CabinsWatoga State Park cabin available for rental

The first cabins were built by the C.C.C. in the 1930s. They make a special place to stay in the wilderness. Check early for reservations, as they are popular.


Camping at Beaver Creek

Joggers along road at Beaver Creek Campground, Watoga State ParkLast year, when people came to Beaver Creek for the races Saturday morning, one comment heard a number of times was, “Why, we could have camped right here!” Both races start and finish at the campground check-in station, and the big tent for the post-race lunch is right there, tooMap of Beaver Creek Campground at Watoga State Park. The thirty-four regular campsites are unreserved, and the park will allow overflow tent camping on the airstrip, making the campground a virtual village of trail runners that weekend.

Riverside Campground

This popular campground has both reserved and unreserved sites. It’s 4 miles by road from there to Park Headquarters along beautiful Island lick Run, then another 3 miles to Beaver Creek Campground. Campers can check in at either campground. Both campgrounds have showers and restrooms, dishwashing stations with hot water, and playgrounds.

Riverside Campground Map Watoga State Park


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