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Reserve campsite call 304-799-4087 8am to 4pm 

Reserve Cabin

Hope you can be here a few minutes.  Get to know us a little.  We have the most return visitors of any West Virginia State Park.  Come see us soon!

Stay at  Watoga

Check out what people say about our cabins  and our campgrounds

If you are looking for a hiking wilderness adventure, check this one out

Something a little more tame?

We have a kids friendly swimming pool and great playgrounds.  Paddle boats on the lake.  Amazing mountaintop overlooks.  Best soft serve ice cream in the universe at Jack Horner’s Corner in Seebert.   Beautiful mountain valley around nearby Hillsboro, WV.

Experience Watoga’s old growth forest!

Watoga State Park is 10,000 acres.  The southwestern section of the Park is unmaintained Wilderness.  Hike the Burnside Ridge Trail to access this area.  Allow yourself several hours to get out and back.  Further south from this area is the Spice Run Wilderness Area of the Monongahela National Forest.

Monongaseneka Overlook of Greenbrier River Feb, 2018
Overlook of Greenbrier River from Monongaseneka Trail

Read Ken Springer’s articles here on trail conditions, park history, and natural history.

If you have questions, be sure to contact us.

 

Wind Rain Stay on the Job

Ken is out west (Ohio) for a few weeks, scouting places to come back from, and I miss his daily reports on trail conditions. Wind rain stay on the job. Though he’s taking time off, the rain has been on the job soaking the soil, the winds have blown, and the mercury has been jumping up and down in the thermometer, so things have kept happening in the woods. Today I went out to take a look at the vicinity of the Beaver Creek Campground. Starting from the Allegheny Trail crossing on the Beaver Creek Road and heading south on the trail toward the airstrip there was just the usual light smattering of branches on the trail, with one exception. Temps were still in the twenties, so wet spots were more likely to be icy, and thus easier to cross.

Large White Pine across the 5K Trail at Watoga State Park

5K Race Route

Once I got to the airstrip, I picked up the 5K race route. What a beautiful 2 mile hike it is! (It needs the connection from the start/finish at the campground and the partial loop of the airstrip to make a full 5K.) There were branches on the trail in the usual places and some larger blowdowns, each indicated by a red X on this map – nothing that a band of senior citizens armed with chain saws can’t deal with. Runners in the last 3 Mountain Trail Challenge 5Ks (they keep coming back) may be happy to learn that Nimble Alley retains its charm. I have thought of replacing “What-did-I-get-myself-into Hill” with a gentler short ascent to the ridge, probably named “Why-didn’t-we-go-this-way-last-year Hill”, but it’s not likely to happen soon. Maybe for the 5th annual Mountain Trail Challenge in 2020.

Topo map of the 5K Trail route Watoga State Park

I was afraid the stones underfoot would be uncomfortable, but, honest, I didn’t feel a thing, … and for a while afterward, too.

While we walked back down the airstrip a great blue heron came out of the woods near the creek and flew down the road ahead of us for a bit. A minute later it swooped up out of a tree and coasted across the airstrip.

Ken has a tough job patrolling these trails. With him away, we’ve just got to step up and fill in as best we can. Wind rain stay on the job.

2019 Special Events at Watoga State Park


Green Day Hike

Saturday, March 16. Be sure to wear your green for this 2019 Special Event at Watoga State Park. And join us at 10:00am at the parking lot just a half mile above Cabin 2 along Island Lick Road as we venture along Monongaseneka Trail. Along the way, we will discover the different shades of green, whether it is with grasses, mosses, flowers, or any other
plant. Once we reach the top, while we may not see the pot of gold, the view is breathtaking, as it will allow you to see the town of Seebert. We will also have some green goodies awaiting the arrival to the top of this hike. Please dress accordingly for this hike, and make sure to bring water. This hike is an intermediate level, and has some steep inclines. Round trip on this hike is 4 miles.


Gold Rush

Saturday, April 6

Calling all anglers! The waters are set to run gold on April 6 at Watoga State Park Lake. This is a fishy 2019 Watoga Special Event! There will be a very special stocking this date, where golden rainbow trout will be the only fish stocked, but will be the same capacity as a regular stocking. Be sure to come to the park early so that you can catch one of these beauties and make memories!

Quilter’s Retreat with Debbie Walker

Thursday, April 11–Saturday, April 13

Enjoy fellowship with other quilters of all experience levels at this quilter 2019 Watoga Special Event. This three day retreat will give you hands-on experience and advice from one of the best. Space is limited for this retreat. For more information on specific workshops, please contact Debbie Walker at (304) 653-4150. To reserve your spot for this weekend, please contact Christopher Bartley at Watoga at (304) 799-4087.

Stitchin’ Across West Virginia

Friday, April 26 – Sunday 28

Enjoy a weekend of playing with yarn, friends, and the great outdoors with the Kanawha City Yarn Company. Activities for the weekend include campfire cookery, an owl walk, hiking, yoga, and eating and hanging out with others wild about yarn. A class in tapestry weaving has also been scheduled and each person will go home with their own unique wall hanging. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Registration for the retreat should be done through Kanawha City Yarn Company by April 2 at (304) 926-8589. To make cabin reservations, please contact Watoga State Park at (304) 799-4087.

Wild Edibles Festival

Friday, May 3 – Saturday, May 4

Join us for a taste of the wild! Our event will begin on Friday evening with a hike around the lake at 3:00pm, followed by a presentation by Key Note Speaker, Georganne Derick at 7:00pm. Saturday festivities will occur at the Picnic Shelter area starting at 10:00am with various vendors, demonstrations, live music, opportunities to hike, and much more!

B.A.R.K. in the Park

Saturday, May 11

Bring your dogs, and enjoy the beauty that Watoga has to offer. This day is dedicated to your furry friends as we will embark on a short hike and learn how to become better stewards of the outdoors with our pets. Meet us at 10:00am by the boat dock near the main office to take a beautiful walk around the lake. Total distance is 1.5 miles and perfect for all ages. Please dressing accordingly, and be sure to bring water and snacks for yourself and your dogs.

Kid’s Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 18

Youth under 15 can enjoy this special day and go fishing on the lake during our annual fishing derby. Be sure to meet us between 9:00am and 10:00am to register. The derby itself will last from 10:00am – 12:00pm with prizes and certificates given out shortly afterwards. Join us for what is sure to be a great day of fishing, fellowship, and fun.

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 1

Explore Watoga State Park and see what trails it has to offer! Home to over 40 miles of hiking trail; meet us at 10:00am at the Ann Bailey trailhead parking lot, just beyond the T.M. Cheek Overlook. We will explore the Ann Bailey Watchtower, as well as the Workman Cabin. Total distance is 5 miles, and is great for all ages. Please dress accordingly, bring your water, and wear closed toe shoes.

Casting Call! Learn How to Fish

Saturday, June 8

For those who have wanted to learn how to fish, but never knew where to start, look no further. Bret Preston will be leading this workshop, and is open to all ages who have never been fishing, and will allow you to try it out for free. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call Christopher Bartley at the park office at (304) 799-4087.

History ALIVE with Mark Twain

Saturday, June 22

Join us as history comes to life when the famed author who wrote “The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Mark Twain makes his way to
Watoga. He was also involved many other aspects of life, and will be at our Activities Building at 7:00pm to share with everyone.

History ALIVE with Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, June 28

Enjoy a history lesson from our 26 th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who served from 1901 – 1909. Roosevelt was an avid conservationist, writer, and was also an American statesperson. Join us in the Activities Building at 7:00pm as we discover what his life was like, and to see living history!

History ALIVE with Benjamin Franklin

Friday, July 5

What better way to celebrate the Independence Day weekend, than with one of our Founding Fathers? Join us as we host Benjamin Franklin in the Activities Building at 7:00pm. A truly remarkable man, Franklin will share some of his life stories with us. This is a program you do not want to miss.

History ALIVE with Ostenaco

Friday, July 19

Join us by the Campfire Ring at Riverside Campground at 7:00pm as we bring history to life with the Native American leader, Ostenaco. Ostenaco was crucial in the settlement of current West Virginia. You do not want to miss some of this living history. In the event of rain, the presentation will take place in the Activities Building.

Mountain Trails Challenge

Saturday, August 10

Trail running – it’s a challenge. Two different races, a 5K run and a Half Marathon both begin at 8:30am from the Beaver Creek Campground. Event is sponsored by the Watoga State Park Foundation. For more information, or to register to race, please visit the website www.watogafoundation.org/race

Watoga Art in the Park

Saturday, August 31 – Sunday, September 1

Held at the Picnic Shelter area, this festival has something for all ages. Join us to participate in various demonstrations, workshops, purchase art, listen to live music, and so much more! Festival will go on from 9:00am – 5:00pm on both days.

Disc Golf Tournament

Saturday, September 7

Enjoy the cooler air and participate in our first ever disc golf tournament. There is no entry fee, and registration will begin at 9:00am, with the tournament beginning at 10:00am and going until all participants have played. You can participate either individually, or in pairs. Door prizes will be given out shortly afterwards.

Halloween in the Campground

Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26

Participate and enjoy a spooky good time at Watoga as we celebrate Halloween in Riverside Campground. This event will have several activities throughout the weekend, including movies, night hike, pumpkin decorating contest, Trick-or-Treating in the campground, and much more!

Watoga Winter Bird Count

Saturday, December 7

With the annual Christmas Bird count conducted by the National Audubon Society just around the corner, join us to perform our own bird count within the park for the day. This event is great for all ages and levels of expertise. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides, as well as bird habitat and food preferences each species has in the area. Meet at the Activities Building at 8:00am.

Pine Run Cabin Area Trails

Today’s trail-work was concentrated on the Pine Run Cabin Area Trails. Two of the classic cabins are open in the winter months.  Consequently, I have noticed that the robust folks who rent these cabins, at this time of year, are often hikers.

Pine Run Hiker Advantages


Subsequently, those staying in this area have access to a great number of trails without having to drive anywhere.  Pine Run, Honeymoon, and TM Cheek trails all have trail-heads in the Pine Run Cabin Area. These trails also junction with trails that lead towards the Beaver Creek area, TM Cheek Overlook and the trails around Watoga Lake.

An old blaze on an oak tree on the Allegheny Trail – one that opens up the tree to damaging insects and fungus. Today a single yellow blaze marks the length of the Allegheny Trail, which I am sure the trees appreciate.

So today we cleaned up the Allegheny Trail to Honeymoon Trail.  Meanwhile, after traipsing through the cabin area, continued clearing the Recreation and Laurel Trails. There are several trees down on these sections of trail.  They will be cut with a chainsaw in the near future.

I find winter hiking to be enjoyable and possessing a beauty of its own. The lack of canopy opens up views that are hidden in the warmer months.  As well, fewer people are on the trails so there is a greater sense of solitude.

Beauty of Solid Water

Plus, when water transitions from liquid to solid, the keen eye spots unique and ephemeral sculptures that may very well be seen by “your eyes only.” Something created just for you ! And you can’t beat that.

A light snow on the banks and dock of Watoga Lake. Soon the lake will freeze bringing joy to the ice fisherman who return every year like the swallows to Capistrano.

Take a winter hike my friends,

Ken Springer

Halloween in the Campground October 26 & 27, 2018

Join us for a spooky good time as we celebrate Halloween in the Campground October 26 & 27, 2018  in Watoga’s Riverside Campground. This is your chance to decorate your campsite and become the winner of our Halloween in the Campground Decorating Contest.  Even more, everyone can take part in the trick-or-treat!  Even those not staying in the campground are encouraged to participate in all activities including the trick or trunk or treat!  Therefore, mMake sure you stop by campsite 15 on Saturday and see local residents Dustin and Devan Simmons, as they demonstrate how to make apple butter. You will also have a chance to help if you choose.  There will also be samples for you to take home while they last.

Friday October 26

6PM Movie in the Campground: Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin

Bring a lawn chair or something else to sit on and join us at the Riverside Campground as we watch the family friendly movie “Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin.”

7 PM Movie in the Campground: Ghostbusters

Meet us for our second movie of the evening, as we watch the classic movie “Ghostbusters” on our inflatable screen. Be sure to bring something to sit on. Snacks will be provided.

9 PM Glow Walk

Light the sky with glow sticke Watoga Halloween in the Campground 2018What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a Night Hike. We will hike to the light of glow sticks! Bring you glow sticks and join us by the check in station to help us light up the sky as we walk around the campground. Be sure to wear closed to shoes.

Saturday October 27

11 AM Campfire Cookery

Join us for some fun and fellowship at Riverside Campground behind the check-in station. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on as we cook up some goodies in a Dutch oven over a campfire. All ages are welcome. Samples of the pumpkin cobbler available!

2PM Pumpkin Carving and Decorating

Carve a jack-o-lantern at Watoga Halloween in the Campground 2018Bring a pumpkin, have some fun with art and decorate your pumpkin with paint or by carving. We will provide carving tools and paint. Parents/guardians are asked to assist children in any way possible as they need. Pumpkins can then be taken back to be used for the evening activities.

5PM Halloween Costume Contest

Open to youth up to age 14, our Costume Contest will begin at the Gorup Campsite at the lower lot of Riverside. Prizes will be given to the best costumes as determined by our judges.

6PM Trick or Trunk or Treat

This activity is open to anyone young at heart who would like to participate whether camping, staying in a cabin or local to the area. If you are planning to hand out candy, please arrive at Riverside Campground between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. Once there, you will be given instructions as to where to park. We look forward to everyone partipating!

7:30 PM Ghost Stories, Spooky Tales, and S’mores

What would Halloween be without being able to hear some spooky ghost stories? Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, or something else to sit on. Come join us by the fire ring in the campground to listen to some ghost stories told by story tellers Cully McCurdy and Bugs Stover. Afterwards we will have the makings for s’mores!

Music in the Park

Saturday September 15, 2018

It’s a great day of Music in the Park at the picnic shelter at Watoga State Park. The The Watoga Foundation  supports this event and encourages you to enjoy listening to the following  musicial artists at the picnic shelter in Watoga State Park

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Trevor Hammons – Bluegrass
Trevo Hammons, musician to perform at Watoga Music in the ParkPocahontas County native Trevor Hammons has made a name for himself in West Virginia, Virginia, and surrounding states. Trevor was also part of a band, “Mud Hole OUT of Control,” for 6 years. Having won many awards for his ability to play banjo, Trevor has some roots in bluegrass music that run deep. Accordingly, he released a CD with his former band in 2016, and has performed on various stages. Trevor can play with the best. He was born with an “old soul” that you definitely do not want to miss listening to.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Amy Andrews – Country
Amy Andrews, musician to perform at Watoga Music in the ParkBorn and raised in Baltimore, MD, Amy Andrews is a wildly talented, charming, and award-winning artist known for brilliant performances, stunning vocals, unassuming charm on stage, and traveling the continent to perform gigs with her dog in tow.

In the last year alone, Amy has gone solo, received national press, chatted with the good folks of National Public Radio, and completed an international tour, sharing stages and opening for artists from Gregory Alan Isakov, Rose Cousins, Stu Larsen, Joseph Arthur, Glen Phillips and Toad the Wet Sprocket, Levi Lowrey and Clay Cook (of Zac Brown Band and John Mayer), and more.

This tree-hugging, ever-traveling, modern day torch-singer and songwriter is one you need to hear live!

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Rush Run Philharmonic – Americana
Rush Run Philharmonic to perform at Watoga Music in the ParkAn eclectic group of musicians occupying the hills and hollers of southern West Virginia, Rush Run Philharmonic plays music rich with harmonies. The band created their name based from the words“Rush Run,” a creek in West Virginia; and “Philharmonic,”a French word meaning the love of music and harmonies. Combining acoustic guitars, bass and vocals, the band interprets songs from artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Woody Guthrie, and many more. Rush Run weaves a harmonious musical trail through songs we all love.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Phoenix Rising – Southern Rock
Composed of mixed musicians who have played in various bands previously, they are rising from the ashes of those bands to bring one of the best in classic and southern rock in Pocahontas County. Having performed on various stages, Phoenix Rising can get the crowds going, and give you a performance you won’t forget.

Join the Watoga Foundation and the Watoga State Park staff for a great day of Music in the Park!

 

Watoga Trail Report June 28, 2018 Update

Watoga Trail Report June 28, 2018 Update.  It felt wonderful to get back out Watoga’s trails.  This morning ended a month- long convalescence from rib fractures sustained on the Bear Pen Loop.  My dog Bongo felt it would be a good idea to go right back out on the same trail.  Sort of a “get back in the saddle” suggestion.  And, as usual, he was spot on.  We cleaned all but 2 trees that will require another visit with rope and pulleys.

First Chanterelle of the  Season!

Whilst working the Bear Pen Loop I found my first ChanterelleFirst chanterelle of the season of the season up on the North Boundary Trail, and as a bonus came upon this trio of Quilted RussulasQuilted Russula just a few yards on down the trail. Both of these species of mushrooms are about as flavorful a wild treat as one can find here in the Appalachians.

These delicacies are destined for a dish called a Spanish Tortilla, which has nothing to do with the flat corn Mexican tortilla associated with tacos. Instead, the Spanish tortilla is an egg, potato, cheese and mushroom dish cooked in a cast iron skillet. Don’t forget the wine Laura and Margot.

Yesterday in another part of the park Mark Mengele was transporting a work crew consisting of David Elliott, Ken Hiser and his friend Matt out the Ann Bailey Trail in Mark’s restored Dodge Power Wagon (sorry no pictures yet, hint, hint) to the Workman Cabin.

They spent the morning hours weed-eating the area around the cabin, and removing the large tree that had fallen across Rock Run in front of the cabin. David remarked that they “left a tidy mountain homestead for visiting hikers to enjoy”.

And that reminds me; we need to get down at the other end of Rock Run and clean up those nasty stinging nettles. Pity the poor hiker that heads up Jesse’s Cove with shorts on.

Finally, I ran into Mac Gray this morning on the entrance road involved in a worthy project: He is photographing all of Watoga’s cabins, inside and out. He is always thinking about something called “posterity”.

Well that’s the news from Lake Wobeg…., Whoops, I mean Watoga State Park.

Happy Hiking,

Ken Springer

Watoga State Park Foundation Inc News June 2, 2018

Watoga State Park Foundation Inc News June 2, 2018.  following the bi-monthly Watoga State Park Foundation Inc. board meeting held at 10 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Watoga State Park offices 4848 Watoga Park Rd, Marlinton, WV 24954.

After the usual minutes and reports, the board re-elected the current slate of officers for a new three year term.

President: John Goodwin
Vice-President: Kenneth Springer
Treasurer: Mac Gray
Secretary: Maureen Conley

Wayne T Pollard of Beaver Creek Rd, just outside the Park became the Foundation’s newest member. Wayne retired from First Energy and values the park for preservation of the natural world for future generations.

Rental Cabins

Rental cabin at Watoga State ParkPark visitors rented more cabins in May with  87 more  rental nights than May, 2017.

The Workman Cabin, a historic structure located at the head of the Rock Run Watershed and close to the Old Growth Area manifests 2 important critical repair needs.  A hole in the roof, caused by a fallen tree limb, needs repaired.  And the bottom courses of logs need replaced and foundation needs shoring up. Additionally, the Foundation and Park are currently working with a grant, and this work needs to happen as soon as possible.

Additional Park Improvements

Watoga Superintendent Jody Spencer announced upcoming West Virginia Department of Highways (WVDOH) activity in and around Watoga. The Ann Bailey Road from the parking area out to the Ann Bailey lookout will be improved by WVDOH, as will the Laurel Run Rd from the end of Beaver Creek Rd to the Laurel Run Primitive Campground and Kennison Run Trailhead.

Upcoming improvements will also be made to the swimming pool and Riverside Campground.  The cabin improvement project is nearing completion.  All CCC era cabins are receiving renovations and improvements to increase their comfort and desirability.

The US Forest Service is funding restroom construction along the Allegheny Trail near the old air strip and Beaver Creek Campground. A wifi hotspot will be activated at the Beaver Creek check in station soon.

Activities Upcoming

Naturalist Chris Bartley has a busy summer scheduled for Watoga. Look for another blog post about Naturalist activities.

The Watoga Mountain Trail Challenge is scheduled for Aug 11, 2018. Hence, a volunteer coordinator is needed for that event.

Gail Hyre from Watoga Art in the Park visited the meeting to discuss this year’s program. The 2nd annual Watoga Art in the Park is to be held Sept 1 & 2, 2018 at Watoga State Park. https://watogaartinthepark.com/

New trail signs have come in and volunteer help would be welcomed to install the new trail signs.

May 2018 Watoga Trails Update

May 2018 Watoga Trails Update

Report From Brian Hirt, trail volunteer:

“I finally got some spare time and the weather cooperated. So I spent Friday and most of Saturday doing some trail maintenance and cleanup projects in and around Watoga.  Started out Friday morning clearing fallen trees from the landing strip at Beaver Creek.  Then moved onto the Allegheny Trail.  I removed fallen fallen trees on the mile and a half stretch of trail  parallel to Chicken House Run Road.

Yesterday I was at Laurel Run campground.  A couple of pine trees had fallen on campsite #9 sometime over the winter.  I removed them and moved the slash out of the away of the campsite.  After that went up I went up Kennison Run trail from the campground a mile with lopper’s cutting out saplings and undergrowth along the trail.  Some of the creek crossings were a little tough to manage from recent heavy rains.  A lot of debris had washed down and stream banks had eroded.  Trail’s that follow creeks I guess have an ever changing landscape. There wasn’t any fallen trees to deal with as far as I got before deciding to turning back as a thunderstorm approached in the distance.

The blazes on both the Allegheny and Kennison Run Trails are in fair condition.  Bboth could stand to be refreshed in a few locations.  Fortunately both are yellow so I’ll add this to my list of things to do.  I’ve never painted blazes of yellow circle’s on trees in the past.  It’s been always 2 x 6 rectangles.  Might take some practice. But maybe you can teach and old dog new tricks.”

Other News

Mark Mengele is continuing efforts to conduct a bird survey of the Rock Run watershed at Watoga State Park, also known as the Old Growth Area. The plan is to get experienced birders out there at various times of the year, and over the next couple of weeks they will be surveying breeding birds.

While the birds are breeding the plants and trees of Watoga are pursuing their single-minded agenda of reproduction. Fertility and distribution are a top priority for plant life at this time of the year. With that in mind today’s photographs take a close look at several prominent blooms with an unabashed look at their reproductive parts.

Mountain Laurel BloomThe ephemeral mountain laurel bloom so petite and beautiful looks like a hand painted porcelain miniature.

 

 

 

Black Raspberry BloomThe flower of the blackberry offers promises of a seasonal flavor to grace our morning cereal, or in dishes with names like cobbler, pie, strudel, tart and turnover

 

 

Tulip Tree BloomThe bloom of the tulip poplar is usually viewed high up in the tree, but this time brought down by wind and rain for a closer look.

 

 

 

Hiking allows us the opportunity to stop and take in the finer details of nature. There is not a better way to “be in the moment” than a hike in the woods.

Watoga Naturalist Activities Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Watoga State Park is offering Naturalist Activities throughout the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend.  Join us!

Friday May 25, 2018

3 PM  History Hike

Watoga has a long rich history even from the time before its official opening as a Park 80 years ago.  Join Park Naturalist Christopher Bartley near Park Headquarters building for a 1.5 mile walk around the lake.  Please wear closed toe shoes and bring along something to drink.

7 PM What’s Bugging You

Dragon FliesHave you seen an insect that you never saw  or one you did not know what it was?  Meet us at the Nature Center located near the swimming pool park lot as we explore the insects we have around us.  Afterward, we will look at our surroundings and see what tiny creatures we can find.

9 PM Float Your Boat

Cap the evening off with a peaceful and relaxing evening on the lake as we learn about nocturnal animals, park history, star gazing, and anything else you would like to talk about.  You can choose to take a paddleboat out, or bring you own watercraft.  Sign up and purchase a ticket in the main office for $5 per boat.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

1 PM Watoga Wildlife: Birds

Join Naturalist Chris Bartley at the Nature Center, located beside the Activities Building near the swimming pool parking lot and learn about our feathered friends that can be found in the area.  You can also hear the different sounds that each bird makes and see if you can identify what each bird is.  Kids can also make a fun craft.

3 PM  Nest in Peace

Want to be able to attract song birds to the own backyard?  Meet Naturalist Chris Barley by the Nature Center located near the Activities Building and Swimming Pool parking lot to build a bird house.  Each kit is $10 and all materials are provided.

7 PM Campfire Cookery

Join Watoga staff for an evening of fun and fellowship at the Riverside Campground behind the check-in station.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on as we cook up some dessert in a Dutch over over a campfire.  All ages are welcome and will be able to sample the banana bread we make.

9 PM Stories and S’mores

Wind down from the day and enjoy your time sitting around the campfire ring at Riverside Campground behind the check-in station.  We will have marshmallows to roast and  all the fixings to make s’mores.  Campfire stories are encouraged as long as they are family friendly and appropriate.

Sunday May 27, 2018

11 AM Worship Service

Earth from spaceMeet us at the Amphitheatre located behind the Activities Building near the Swimming Pool parking lot for a non-denominational worship service.  In the event of rain we will relocate inside the Activities Building.

1 PM Watoga Wildlife:  Salamanders

Join us at the Nature Center located beside the Activities Building near the swimming pool parking lot and learn about these snake-like amphibians with legs.  Afterward, we will take a small walk to look for and identify the salamanders found in the area.

3 PM  Tie Dye T-Shirts

Have some fun with art and make a keepsake to take home to remind you of your time here with a Watoga State Park Tie Dye T-Shirt.  Please sign up in the main office and bring your ticket with you to the Activities Building.  Cost of shirt will be $8 or $10 depending on size.  Shirt sizes from Youth Small to Adult 3XL

7PM  Family Movie Night

Join Park staff for a family fun evening at the Picnic Shelter area as we watch a family friendly movie on our inflatable movie screen.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.  Popcorn will be provided.

9PM  Owl Prowl

Portrait of an owlMeet Park staff at the Picnic Shelter area as we go on a short walk looking and listening for owls.  We will be using different calls for each of the different species of owls in the area to entice these birds of prey to come in.  Be sure to wear closed toe shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Horners’s Corner

For the last 21 years visitors to Watoga State Park have driven by Jack Horner’s Corner as they make their way through the village of Seebert, the gateway to the park and a major trailhead on the Greenbrier River Trail. Longtime visitors have observed the steady growth of the building and parking areas; the old building removed, decks added for dining with a view of the river and bike path. Horner’s Corner is strikingly colorful with stacks of kayaks, floatation devices and bicycles.

Stewart & Chissie Horner proprietors of Jack Horner's Corner Seebert, WVStewart and Chrissie are at the helm of this growth, anticipating the needs of the community and the thousands of visitors who stop by every season, which for Horner’s corner is sometime in April until November. This large, well designed building houses a pizza and sub parlor, a huge array of souvenirs touting Watoga State Park and the Greenbrier River Trail as well as basic groceries and drinks.

Kayak Rental and more…

You can stop in to rent a kayak for a river trip on the Greenbrier River and arrange a shuttle. The same service is offered for those wishing to ride a bike on the 80 mile Greenbrier River Trail.

Their ice cream cones have become legendary; I have never been in there in the summer months without a queue waiting for a cool treat. One chap who wanted to remain anonymous told me he cannot go past the place without getting an ice cream cone. OK you have twisted my arm; it is Mac Gray. Mac lives just a few doors down so that amounts to a heck of a lot of ice cream. Sorry Mac, I am terrible at keeping my sources confidential.