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Beartown State Park

4800 Watoga Park Rd, Marlinton, WV 24954-5962
+1 304-799-4087
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Awesome Hidden Gem

Love this place! This is an awesome nearly hidden gem. I first visited this place eleven years ago... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Wayne W
Rural Retreat, Virginia
via mobile
Beautiful hidden place!

This little place is gorgeous! The rock formations are beautiful (if you're into that stuff). This... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Dennis W
Roanoke, Virginia
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Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. The name Beartown was chosen because local residents claimed that the many cave-like openings in the rocks made ideal winter dens for the black bears of the area. Also, the many deep, narrow crevasses were formed in a somewhat regular criss-cross pattern and appear from above like the streets of a small town. Beartown is noted for its unusual rock formations, which are comprised of Droop, or Pottsville, Sandstone formed during the Pennsylvanian age. Massive boulders, overhanging cliffs, and deep crevasses stir the imagination of most visitors. Pocketing the face of the cliffs are hundreds of eroded pits, ranging from the size of marbles to others large enough to hold two grown men. Ice and snow commonly remain in the deeper crevasses until mid to late summer. Vegetation clings tenaciously to life, sending roots into mere cracks in the rocks.The land was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin G. Polan, in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Development of the park has been minimal in order to preserve the natural attractions of the area. However, basic facilities are provided, and a boardwalk permits easy access. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk guide visitors and provide insights concerning the ecology of the area. The park is open daily from April to October. During the closed winter season foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate. Group tours may be arranged by contacting the Superintendent at nearby Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. No fee is charged to visit Beartown.
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4800 Watoga Park Rd, Marlinton, WV 24954-5962
+1 304-799-4087
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Love this place! This is an awesome nearly hidden gem. I first visited this place eleven years ago back in 2006 and recently this year. A few things have changed to include the amount of the "people pollution" that have knowledge of this places existence.

Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This little place is gorgeous! The rock formations are beautiful (if you're into that stuff). This is just a nice place to go and sit, look around, walk the wooden walk way and enjoy Mother Nature. I will definitely go back during different seasons.

Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 4 November 2017

This "park" is off the beaten path and boasts few amenities. However, it is absolutely worth the trip. There is a small parking area and I saw a single picnic table in the wooded area. However, the real attraction is down a short path, where...More

Thank TravelerTP
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Had read about Beartown State Park, and decided to stop on our way from Slatyfork, down to Fayetteville. It was a beautiful day, and we really enjoyed walking through this park. Scenery was very different and interesting. Walking the loop didn't take much time, but...More

1  Thank nyvics
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Our hostess in Lewisburg recommended this trip for a day hike. Mentioned Jurassic Park but no more detail. An easy drive to the park. No park entry fees to visit. Adequate parking at the trailhead. A short walk to the beginning of the boardwalk brought...More

Thank BlueridgeCharlie
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Nice place. It's very interesting. Lots of steps, not handicap accessible. Good place to explore lots of very interesting rocks.

Thank 981keithy
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

We were there on a beautiful Thursday afternoon and we were the only family here... which was great for our exploration of the rock formations but a shame more people don't know about this place. The park is a really unique experience of walking a...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome place, been there a many a time, deeply inspired every time, a geologists dream, my pup Lucy the mighty g. Shepherd was duly impressed , if you're in Greenbrier or Pocahontas county, don't miss it

Thank 838gill
Reviewed 22 June 2017

To those who have been to Rock City on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee I would compare this as a very small version of that without the large scenic outlook areas. You basically traverse around a mile on a boardwalk up and down stairs viewing the...More

Thank alman4869
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I have been going to Beartown for years. But since a big storm closed the park a while back we had not been back. Beartown is a rock formation that folks many years ago said it looked like a town....for bears....thus the name. The park...More

Thank DaveVWV
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