Beech Fork State Park - Barboursville, WV - West Virginia State Parks

 
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Welcome to Beech Fork State Park
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 State Park is located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville and is just a short drive from Charleston WV, Cincinnati OH, and Lexington KY.  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, crappie, catfish, and sauger, and bluegill.  A Fishing license is required and is available at the park office or online at www.wvfish.com. Reserved sites are available the Friday before Memorial Day thru Labor Day Weekend. After Labor Day weekend, camp site rentals are on a  first-come, first-served basis through the Friday prior to Memorial Day Weekend.

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CAMPING
The 275 site, deluxe campground features four distinctly different areas. Approximately 80 sites are lake front campsites.
Old Orchard, a 49-site full hookup campground is equipped with water, sewer and 20-, 30-, or 50-amp electric service. Old Orchard is open year-round. Site numbers at Old Orchard camping area are numbered from 1 to 49. Wireless internet is available.
Moxley Branch, Four Coves, and Lakeview camping areas each are equipped with 20- or 30-amp electric service. Site numbers at Moxley Branch begin with 50 through 99. (Sites in Moxley Branch 100-136 are non-electric campsites, perfect for quiet tent camping). Four Coves camping area site numbers are sites 137 - 224. Lake View campsite numbers begin with 225 conclude with 275.
All campgrounds have full service bathhouses and restroom facilities-complete with coin operated laundry.
Each campsite contains a grill and picnic table.
Camping guests have free wi-fi available at park HQ.
Reservations may be made for all 49-sites in Old Orchard and all 87-sites in Moxley Branch campgrounds.
There is limited playground equipment in the campgrounds as well as mooring posts along the lake sites.
Closing of sites for winter season begins from October and November until there are 49-sites that remain open in the Old Orchard campground by November 17. The forty-nine Old Orchard campsites are available with electric only in late November or earlier when the threat of hard freeze is forecast and continues through early March or later when the threat of hard freeze is over.
Check-out is noon on the departure date.

THE WOOTEN RECREATION
The Wooten Recreation Area offers a number of opportunities for the entire family. Basketball, tennis, horseshoes, softball and volleyball can be enjoyed April through October. Equipment is available for rent at Camper's Corner Store.

Corn HoleSUMMER ACTIVITIES
Things to do as a family, kid or friends are planned weekly at the park. Click here for the latest activities list. Campers, cabin guests and general public welcome to participate.

CAMPER'S CORNER STORE
A convenient grocery store is located at the park headquarters. The store offers the basic grocery needs (including milk and bread), gift shop items, hand dipped ice cream, camping supplies, fishing supplies, bait (chicken livers, night crawlers, and meal worms), ice, and firewood. Game equipment is available for rent. Summer hours are: Wednesday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: noon until 8:00 p.m. The store hours are limited to late afternoon and evening times prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The Camper’s Corner opens in April and closes in October.

SWIMMING POOL
swimming pool at Beech Fork. Swimming is prohibited in the lakeA 50 meter swimming pool and bathhouse facility opened at Beech Fork on Memorial Day in 2000. The complex includes a bathhouse and food/snack stand both open to park guests and the general public.

FISHING
Fishing licenses may be purchased online. A computer is available for online fishing license purchase at park office.

HIKING
Hiking, walking, and biking trails are shown on the park map and trail guide. Along with some of the best trails in the area for hiking and biking, park guests often utilize the miles of park roads within the campground for walking and biking.

PICNICKING
A variety of picnicking opportunities exist at Beech Fork State Park. The Frank Wooten Recreation Area is primarily picnic shelters, while the Blue Goose Picnic Area is primarily set up for smaller group picnics. The Blue Goose Picnic Area is located ½ mile prior to the Headquarters along Long Branch Road. This area contains separate picnic areas with a picnic table, fireplace, and a trash receptacle. No restroom facilities are in the Blue Goose picnic area. Picnicking is not permitted in the campground.

PICNIC SHELTERS
Beech Fork State Park has 3 shelters for rental located in the Frank Wooten Recreation Area. The large shelters are equipped with 16 picnic tables, grills, electric, and stone fireplace. The smaller shelter is equipped with 8 picnic tables, grill, electric, and water. The shelters are situated near the lake, restroom facility, swimming pool, playground, paved fitness trail, and game courts. Click here for shelter rates.

ACTIVITY ROOM
The Activity Room is a large covered room with a built in attractive flower garden. The room chairs up to 120 people and can table up to 80 people. This room is often used for special events, large family reunions, and other catered events. The room is situated inside the park HQ building with the park office, camper’s corner store, and game room (in season).

BOAT RENTALS
Beech Fork State Park has pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and row boats for rent. Row boats are licensed and available for electric motor use (not provided). The Boat Rental season begins Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. Life jackets are required and provided. Persons renting boats must be 16 years of age or older and must provide a valid ID. All WV Boating regulations must be followed. Hours and days of operation are subject to change without notice and may close due to weather.

SEASONAL BOAT LAUNCH AREA AT BEECH FORK STATE PARK
(not to be confused with Beech Fork Dam and Recreation Area described below)
Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and licensed jon boats (jon boats are ready for a small motor or include oars for rowing) may be rented from the seasonal boat launch area within the state park.

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5601 Long Branch Rd
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