Blessed by wonderful temperate weather,
stunning natural surroundings and a plethora of state
and national parks, camping in West Virginia is a popular
activity among tourists. Surrounding the best West Virginia
campsites in the state, beyond the confining walls of
hotels, inns and lodges, lies a natural oasis of outdoor
picture-perfect beauty. Topping the list of things
to do in West Virginia are myriad outdoor recreational
opportunities from fishing to swimming to West
Virginia rafting and much more. While camping in West
Virginia visitors find themselves in the thick of Mother
Nature's bestowments with rolling hills, dense forests,
glistening lakes and many rivers and streams.
One of the most popular West Virginia campgrounds is
Sleepy Creek, accessed easily from the city of Martinsburg.
The area is laden with south and north running valleys
and ridges which are revealed on the drive in. Sleepy
Creek West Virginia camp sites are set in a slender valley
between the Sleepy Creek and Third Hill Mountains and
joined by the Lock-of-Mountain ridge. 23,000 acres are
brimming with excellent trails, mountains and woodlands
surrounding a large lake. In this area there are four
separate West Virginia campgrounds to choose from, all
starting at very low rates. Main activities include hiking,
fishing and swimming.
Watoga State Park, the state's largest, also offers a number of terrific West Virginia camp sites to choose from throughout three campgrounds, as well as numerous West Virginia cabins. The park is located east of Charleston and south of Morgantown. The park offers a head-spinning number of things to do including biking, fishing, tubing, swimming and many nature programs to participate in. There are a number of fun game courts available for use as well as horseback riding and educational programs. The Appalachian Mountains carve through Watoga State Park, intercepted by rushing streams and rivlets as well as Greenbrier River which is adjacent to the Greenbrier Trail. For even more fun and excitement visitors should take advantage of connecting Calvin Price State Forest.
Outdoor enthusiasts seeking fantastic West Virginia campgrounds will also find plenty of choices at Spruce Knob Lake, northeast of Beckley, and part of Seneca Rocks National Park. The area boasts the highest lake, the highest West Virginia campgrounds and the highest summit in all the state. The vicinity of Spruce Knob Lake is laden with walking paths and trails that bisect fields, forests and numerous streams. There are twelve walk-in tent sites and thirty drive-up campsites, both singles and doubles, for a choice between ease and seclusion. All of the sites available for camping in West Virginia include picnic tables, tent pads, lantern holders, grills and fire pits. The rugged terrain on the rive in is evidence that visitors will be fully immersed in stunning natural landscape at every turn. This is definitely a campground where visitors should arrive fully equipped.
With so many excellent choices for camping in West Virginia it's a good idea to do a little research into the surroundings, accessibility and activities available in your areas of choice to narrow down the best option for you and your family. This will ensure the most enjoyable West Virginia vacations as well as provide a number of things each group member can enjoy. If rafting, kayaking or canoeing is an important option be sure to choose a location where these activities are accessible. With a huge array of options every outdoor enthusiast will enjoy a number of exciting activities and pursuits.