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Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Beech Fork State Park was officially opened in the winter of 1979 and offers 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia. Beech Fork is located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville and is just a short drive from Charleston, Cincinnati and Lexington. Developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the mid 1970's, Beech Fork Lake has owned up to its popularity for recreation boating, fishing and wildlife watching experiences.

Many varieties of migratory water fowl, neotropical songbirds, raptors, whitetail deer, fox, even an occasional passing black bear may be viewed while visiting the park. The early spring brings with it the welcome call of different species of frogs and toads. Spring wildflowers are a common sight to hikers and those who look carefully as they walk or bicycle along the roads and trails. Fishing is one of the most common activities that visitors and overnight guests may enjoy. The lake is known for largemouth and hybrid striped bass, catfish, walleye, saugeye (a cross of walleye and sauger), and bluegill. A Fishing license is required and is available in the Camper's Corner store located in the Administration Building. The store is open for business March 15 through October 31.

Attractions - The following information is made available for you as a quick summary and reference about Beech Fork State Park

Campsites: Park is open year-round. 275 campsites (49 full hookup and 226 electric) open from Novermber 15 through March 1. From November 15 to March 1, 24 sites available in the full hook up area. Bathhouse facilities are open year-round. Campground reservations are accepted beginning February 15. Reservation season is in effect four days prior to Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.

Cabins: Six deluxe 2, 3, and 4 bedroom cabins available year-round. Click here to view rates Cabins equipped with all linens and kitchen furnishings, ADA compliant, fireplaces, barbeque grills, television and telephone, large decks complete with deck furniture. Senior discounts available. Seasonal discounts available.

Recreation and other facilities: Memorial Day 2000, Beech Fork opened the new 50 meter swimming pool/bathhouse/snack stand complex to park guests and general public. Rates: $2.00 - children, $3.00 - adults. Season passes and ticket books available. Dumping stations, laundry, camper store, showers, ADA, boating, boat launch, nature programs, tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes, hiking mountain bike trails, fitness trail, picnic shelters, picnic areas, fishing, and video gameroom, .

Office Hours: During the summer season, regular office hours are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. During the off-season, regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park office may be reached by calling 304-528-5794 or for reservations or park information call 1-800-CALL-WVA.

Nearby Attractions: Marshall University, Huntington Museum of Art, Pilgrim Glass and Blenko Glass factory, Ritter Park, River Front Park, Cabell-Huntington and St. Mary's Hospitals. Groceries and restaurants within 20 minute drive.

Recreation - The Wooten Recreation Area offers a number of opportunities for the entire family. Basketball, tennis, horseshoes, softball and volleyball can be enjoyed March through November. Equipment is available for rent through the park office.

The new 50 meter swimming pool and bathhouse facility is open Memorial Day to Labor Day for overnight guests and general public. Summer pool passes and discounted ticket books are available as are senior, adult and children daily rates. Pool and snackbar hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Coin lockers are available in the bathhouse area. Coolers, floatation devices and food items are prohibited inside the pool gate. Swimming is prohibited in the lake.

Other Recreation Opportunities Include:

Fishing Boating Boat Launch Area Hiking Biking Picnicking Planned activities and Interpretive programs (Memorial Day to Labor Day) Fitness Trails

Houseboats, pontoons and canoes are not available for rent at the park, however, they may be rented by calling The Beech Fork Marina at 304-522-9374.

Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Located in the south western section of West Virginia, Beech Fork is easily accessible from Interstate 64:

Using Exit 11: (Hal Greer Blvd. Exit)--Take Rt. 10 south. Continue approximately 4 miles turn right onto Hughes Branch Road and follow to the end. (another 4 miles). Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (30 minutes)

Using Exit 8: (5th Street Exit)--Take Route 152 South for approximately 20 miles. Turn left onto Wilson Creek Road and continue about 8.2 miles until you enter the park. (40 minutes)

Using Exit 15: (29th Street Exit)--Take Route 60 East about 1 mile to Alt. Rt. 10. Take Alt. Rt. 10 South about 3 miles to Route 10 North. Continue on Route 10 North for less than a mile and turn left onto Hughes Branch Road and follow it to the end. Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (20 minutes)

Using Exit 20 (Mall Road Exit)--Take Route 60 West for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Alt. Rt. 10 South and go about 3 miles to Route 10 North. Continue on Route 10 North for less than a mile then turn left onto Hughes Branch Road and follow it to the end. Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (25 minutes)

From the Dam and Beech Fork Marina: Take Route 152 South about 12 miles to Wilson Creek Road. Turn left onto Wilson Creek Road about 8.2 miles into the park. (40 minutes). THERE ARE MANY DEER ALONG THESE ROAD-WAYS. PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY.


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Contact Information:
Beech Fork State Park, 5601 Long Branch Road , Barboursville, West Virginia, 25504, Phone: (304) 528-5794
, beechfk@mail.wvnet.edu

Additional Information:
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Links:
Beech Fork State Park - Official Site of Beech Fork State Park

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