West Virginia State Park Adds 13 Cabins

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October 24, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The addition of 13 new cabins at Blackwater Falls State Park has made it the cabin king of West Virginia's state park system.

The new four-bedroom cabins that opened earlier this month in the park near Davis brings the park's total number of cabins up to 39, the Charleston Gazette reported. That's five more than Watoga State Park in Pocahontas County.

Blackwater Falls also has a 56-room lodge with an indoor pool, restaurant and conference center and a 65-space campground.

Blackwater Falls Superintendent Rob Gilligan says nearly 750,000 people visit the park each year, with more than 100,000 of them staying there at least one night.

Each of the new cabins is equipped with air conditioning and forced air heat, as well as gas log fireplaces, wi-fi, satellite television service, dishwashers, washing machines, microwave and conventional ovens and refrigerators with ice makers. They were built by W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. of Martinsburg, W. Va.

"These cabins have a different look from the old state park-style cabins," Gilligan said. "Most people love them, but some like the tradition of the older cabins. I think that once people start using them, and word about them catches on, they will be very popular."

The Gazette reports that the new cabins and the utility infrastructure were built with $4.5 million of Lottery revenue bond funds earmarked for park system capital improvements.

Other improvements are in store for the park, including the installation of new snowmaking gear, a new uphill conveyor lift system, and renovations to the day lodge at the park's sledding/cross-country ski area. Work is expected to begin on those projects next spring.

The Blackwater River's 62-foot waterfall remains the park's top attraction, although cross-country skiing and sledding are popular in the winter, and fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and camping are among warm-weather activities.

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