Interest Up for Camping in West Virginia State Parks
An unusually mild winter is driving higher than average interest in early-season camping across West Virginia's more than 25 state park campgrounds, WVNS-TV, Ghent, W. Va., reported.
According to State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger, traffic at the official state parks website have been well above average since the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) started accepting applications for the 2012 camping season on Feb. 15.
West Virginia's state parks and forests have more than 25 campgrounds totaling 1,818 total camping sites, ranging from primitive sites to those with full RV hookups. Most parks include sites that are reservable as well as first-come, first-served.
Another sign that has the WVDNR hopeful for the 2012 camping season is the addition of a 46-site campground at Little Beaver State Park in Daniels, Raleigh County. That site includes 30 with water and electricity hookups.
Reservations are taken only by mail until March 15, by mail or phone from March 15-31 and by mail, phone or in person beginning April 1.
Reservation forms may be downloaded from the state parks website, http://www.wvstateparks.com/lodging/camping.htm, or by calling the Charleston office at (304) 558-2764. For more information about West Virginia State Parks and Forests, visit http://www.wvstateparks.com.