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Beartown State Park

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0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 51' 15 m
Descent: -90' -28 m
High: 3,412' 1,040 m
Low: 3,358' 1,024 m

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Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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A boardwalk trail that winds its way through deep crevices and strange, but eye-catching rock formations.

Lou Poulas

Features Cave · Fall Colors · Views

Family Friendly This is excellent for young children, with amazing rock formations to keep their interest.

The park is open daily from April to October. During the closed winter season, the park notes that “foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate.” As such, expect a slightly longer access hike.

Description

This is a one-way, circular boardwalk trail that runs through the heart of the 100 acre Beartown State Park. The key aspect of the park is the unusual rock formations and huge boulders that were formed out of sandstone over time, and left behind thousands of pit marks and extremely deep and narrow crevices.

Make your way through these formations, sometimes with trees growing 30 feet above your head.

This is not a destination hike, but it's a great spot to see if you are in the area. It's only a 1/2 mile in length, but you can easily spend an inordinate amount of time in this one-of-a-kind scenery.

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Nov 25, 2019
Susan Chen

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Beartown State Park features these amazing, pitted, sandstone formations throughout the boardwalk.
Aug 19, 2017 near White S…, WV
One of the great crevices that kids can see in Beartown State Park
Aug 19, 2017 near White S…, WV
Beartown State Park boardwalk looking towards a viewing platform in the distance.
Aug 19, 2017 near White S…, WV
Below the treeline? Some of the sandstone rock formations are so large that trees grow on top of them, while visitors are offered a unique view from below.
Aug 19, 2017 near White S…, WV

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