Chief Logan State Park
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Introduction

Located in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coalfields, Chief Logan State Park is an RV camping haven. The park has 4,000-acres of recreational area and is equipped with lodging, conference facilities, RV friendly camping and hiking trails. The park, town and county were all named after Chief Logan, who was a Mingo Native American leader who lived in the region before the American Revolutionary War. Chief Logan is most notably known for the Yellow Creek Massacre and actions against settlers helped with the beginning of Dunmore's War in 1774.

During the summer time the park is known for drama performances. The Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park plays host to numerous dramas, including the historical "The Aracoma Story" about Shawnee tribal members who lived in and around the location of Logan. Along with The Aracoma Story there are usually another two to three plays or musicals held every year. Another great attraction at Chief Logan State Park is the Museum in the Park. The museum features changing art and history exhibits from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum, including one exhibit on the history of the area.

Camping at Chief Logan State Park is provided by 40 sites, with 26 of them having full water, sewage and electric hookups. If you would like to camp at the park you can do so between the months of March through November, which is also the peak season for Chief Logan State Park.

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Transportation in Chief Logan State Park

Driving

Chief Logan State Park is located in the south-west of West Virginia. It is surrounded by major roads, with the US-119 to the west and WV-10 to the east. Mt Gay Shamrock in the south below the park. This is an easy to access part of West Virginia due to the surrounding major roads. There is only way to access the park which is via Little Buffalo Creek Road. There are a few small towns located within ten miles of the park, including the town of Logan, West Logan, Pecks Mill and Phico. Road access into the park is fairly straightforward with no major obstacles for you to navigate besides the odd overhanging tree. During the winter time there may be snow storms, so remember to check the weather forecast and call the park office to make sure you will be able to enter the park.

Since the maximum RV size that will fit in the campground is 28 foot long, anything larger than this will not be suitable for driving up and into Chief Logan State Park.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available at Chief Logan State Park.

Public Transport

Unfortunately there are no public transport options to get to Chief Logan State Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Chief Logan State Park

Campsites in Chief Logan State Park

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Chief Logan State Park Campgrounds

Chief Logan State Park has one campground that is located at the end of the road in the park. The campground is on the smaller side but it does have some great facilities. In total, there are 40 different camping sites, with 26 having 30 amp connection, water and sewer hookups. There is one bath house in the campground that has hot showers. A dump station can be found at the entrance of the campground and there is a fire area that can be found to the west of the bathhouse area. RV size is limited at Chief Logan State Park Campgrounds and any vehicle over 28 foot will struggle to fit on the sites.

If you forget any supplies there are a few towns close by that you can stock up on. Cell phone reception is not the best within the park but you can find reception if you drive outside of the park.

Camping at Chief Logan State Park is made via reservation from Memorial Day through to Labor day and is first come, first served during the other times of the year. You will not be able to camp from November through to the end of February as the campground is closed.

Seasonal activities in Chief Logan State Park

In-Season

Museum in the Park

Museum in the Park is a regional cultural centre that showcases top tier West Virginia history and the arts. The museum features changing exhibits and different displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the the State Archives and the West Virginia State Museum. If you are interested in the history of the area the museum is a must see. The museum is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Outdoor Theatre

During the summertime the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in Chief Logan State Park comes alive with enthralling dramatic performances of various plays. Arranged by Aracoma Story, Inc, each summer they perform the historical drama “The Aracoma Story,” which focuses on Shawnee tribal members who lived in the surrounding areas. Along with "The Aracoma Story” the company also runs different dramas each year. Make sure to check out their website to see if you will be at the park when these special performances take place.

Swimming

There's nothing better than taking a dip in a pool during the summertime for some rest and relaxation. There are two different swimming pools in Chief Logan State Park. An indoor pool is located in the lodge for guests and there is an outdoor pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The outdoor pool also has a waterslide for those who are feeling adventurous. If you want to use the outdoor pool you will have to pay a fee.

Off-Season

Birding

Birding is a very popular activity for regular and new visitors alike at Chief Logan State Park. There is a nice variation of species found in the park, including eastern bluebirds, eastern towhees, northern flickers, hermit thrushes, and most recently found were Pine Siskins. Throughout the year there are free birding events that are held at the park, so make sure you check out the event calendar to see if anything is happening during your stay.

Hiking

There are many different options for the hiking lovers visiting Chief Logan State Park. In total there are 12 different trails that have 18 miles of walkable trails. Each trail ranges from six miles in length down to under a mile. If you are looking for a challenge we recommend the Guyandotte Beauty Trail. It will take you on a difficult hike near the abandoned coal mines and the endangered wildflower species the Guyandotte will be in bloom if you do the hike in the month of May.

Fishing

During your stay at the Chief Logan State Park you can cast a line and try catch a big one at Chief Logan Lake. The lake is regularly stocked with trout and catfish. The lake has disability access and you can also go night fishing. If you want to go fishing you will need a current West Virginia fishing license. These licenses are available online so you can get one before you reach the park.

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