Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**
Cacapon Resort Park received its name from being located in the shadows of the wide expanse of Cacapon Mountain. This mountain is the highest peak in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia reaching an elevation of 2,300 feet. The Cacapon River parallels the mountain in a meandering route beneath the mountains western slope.
Cacapon (pronounced CaCApon) is a derivative of a Shawnee Indian word meaning "medicine waters". It refers to the areas renowned medicinal waters, which have been acclaimed throughout history for their healing powers. These waters come to the surface approximately ten miles from Cacapon at the nearby Berkeley Springs State Park.
Be sure to check out and stay updated with Cacapon's new additions. Throughout 1999 several projects were completed. Among these new expansions was a new conference facility capable of seating up to 250 people and an elevator located in the lodge. Other additions are two new fully accessible guest cabins, upgraded and accessible day use restrooms and facilities.
We hope you will come visit and take advantage of everything Cacapon State Park has to offer.
- LODGE ROOMS
Cacapon Lodge is situated on the east side of the mountain overlooking the wide expanse of green on the golf course. This 48 room facility offers a relaxed setting complete with lounge with a TV, board games, fireplace, and cozy furniture. Each room is air conditioned with a color television, phone and private bath combination creating a cozy area for cool autumn and winter evenings. Downstairs a recreation room provides hours of entertainment with various games.
The Old Inn at Cacapon State Park was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was the first overnight accommodating lodge in the West Virginia State Park System. This impressive 12-room Inn recaptures a Colonial atmosphere with exterior boards and batten construction, interior hand hewn log beams, and guest rooms have tongue and groove walls of wormy-chestnut and knotty pine. Low ceiling, stone chimneys, and wrought iron hardware add to the historical flavor of The Old Inn. It is ideal for groups and family reunions. The Old Inn has a large dining hall with a fireplace which could be used as a meeting room, and a kitchen which accommodates up to 25 guests. The entire first floor and one bedroom is handicapped accessible.
Awaiting vacationers in the secluded woodlands of Cacapon State Park are completely furnished cabins.
The modern cabins are frame structures insulated for year-round comfort featuring handsome wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces, baths with showers, kitchens with modern appliances and central heat and air conditioning. We currently have thirteen (13) modern cabins. Recently added were two (2) fully accessible cabins to the park.
Located at the base of Cacapon Mountain away from the hub of activity near the Lodge and Golf Course, twelve (12) standard cabins are situated in lovely wooded areas. Similarly equipped as the modern cabins, these quaint cabins with stone fireplaces and window mounted heat and air conditioning units are of log construction and are open March - November.
The unique efficiency bungalows are a combination living/dining/bedroom with built-in double bunks, shower bath and screened in porch. These cabins do not have a fireplace. They are all now equipped with window mounted heating and air conditioning. They are open from April through October.
Cabins at Cacapon Resort State Park are completely equipped for housekeeping. They must be reserved for a minimum of one week during the summer, beginning the second Monday in June through Labor Day. Daily or weekend reservations may be made before the second Monday in June or after the first Monday in September. Please call 1-800-CALL-WVA for assistance in making reservations. We'd be glad to help you make your plans
Recreation - Hiking
Over 6000 acres encompass Cacapon Resort State Park. Over 20 miles of trails abound for the hiker visiting the park. From a leisure walker to an avid hiker, Cacapon's got a trail to suit you. Park map and trail guides are available at the front desk.
The stables offer the visitor a great horseback experience. Each ride is accompanied by an experienced guide that will lead you through the bridle trails of Cacapon. Pony rides are available for those a little less experienced. The most popular ride lasts one hour, but other longer rides can be arranged. Reservations are recommended.
Nature and Recreations Programs
The nature and recreation program offers a variety of activities at the park. Guided nature hikes, crafts and movie's are just a few to mention. Programs and tours can be arranged for groups. Nature and cultural programs are offered to park guests year- round.
Swimming, Boating & Games
Swimming and boating are available at Cacapon Resort State Park Lake. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the swimming area offers a wide sandy beach. Lifeguards are on duty daily throughout the summer. Row boats and paddle boats can be rented for a float across the lake. Take advantage of the game courts available, newly resurfaced tennis courts, paved basketball court or sand volleyball court
Two areas at the park, the lake and reservoir, offer fishing opportunities. The lake is stocked in the spring for trout fishing, but other fish that can be caught are bass, catfish and blue gill. The reservoir is not stocked. Nearby fishing opportunities include the Potomac River and Cacapon River. Anyone under the age of 15 does not need a license to fish, those over 15 must obtain a West Virginia Fishing License. Proper license and stamps are required. Short term fishing licenses are sold at the Lodge.
At 2,300 feet, Cacapon Mountain is the dominant scenic feature of the park. The challenging championship golf course, designed by the famous golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., makes prime use of the rolling foothills at the base of the ridge. Rated as one of the 130 best-designed courses in the United States, the Cacapon course features 73 well placed sand bunkers. There are three ponds on the course which come into play on four holes. The course has several other water hazards in the form of small streams coming from the mountain side. The course is known for a double green that is over 100 yards wide.
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.
Cacapon State Park is in close proximity to the major population center of the east coast, as well as many scenic and historic features. From Washington DC, take the Beltway to I 270 North, Merge onto I 70 West toward Hagerstown, Merge onto US - 522 South to Cacapon State Park. Approximate distance: 105 miles.
From Interstate 81 (Winchester, VA) take U.S. Route 522 north 27 miles to the park.
From the north on Interstate 81 (Pennsylvania) take Interstate 70 west to Hancock, MD then U.S. Route 522 south at Hancock, towards Berkeley Springs. The park is located 9 miles south from the town of Berkeley Springs.
From the west on Interstate 68 to Hancock, MD to 522 South towards Berkeley Springs.