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When you rent a camper near Camp Creek State Park, you’ll have easy access to both the state park and the neighboring Camp Creek State Forest. Both are easy to explore when you book an RV in Mercer County, WV, which encompasses the area both parks reside in. Camp Creek State Park, in combination with Camp Creek State Forest, covers and protects over 5,000 acres of mountain woodlands, interspersed with creeks, panoramic views, and plenty of hiking trails.
Although much of the forest was cleared in the late 1800s to make space for farmland, the West Virginia Conservation Commission began purchasing large sections of land in the 1950s and was able to regrow it to its former conditions.
Camp Creek State Park, which is located in the triangle formed by Charleston, WV, Kingsport, TN, and Roanoke, VA, is a popular destination for hunting and bird watching thanks to its recovered forest ecosystem. Be sure to spend time motorhome camping in or near Camp Creek State Park to get a feel for the natural features that West Virginia has to offer.
There is a lot to do while camping at Camp Creek State Park, so be sure to bring a wide assortment of outdoor gear to experience all the park has to offer. Fishing is a popular activity at the park, and many streams and creeks are stocked with fish annually to ensure numbers are up for anglers. A fishing license is required to fish within state park boundaries, so update your licenses online or at a local sports store before casting a line.
Hiking is another favorite at this park, and with over 35 miles of trails to choose from, it should be no surprise. Some of the trails in Camp Creek State Park venture into Camp Creek State Forest, so grab a trail map before venturing too far from your rental RV. All trails allow hikers, bikers, and equestrians, so keep your eyes and ears peeled to avoid any conflict while on a trail.
During the appropriate season, you are also able to hunt deer, native wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, and a collection of small game animals. A hunting license is required, and hunters have to stay within clearly marked zones to ensure the public’s safety. When you’d rather hunt with a camera, there are many birds and wildlife to spot while hiking and exploring. A few of the trails lead to wonderful outlooks that have panoramic views, which offer a great chance to sit with binoculars and see many local and migratory birds.
While exploring the area, you’ll be able to stay at the state park RV campgrounds, of which there are three different campgrounds to choose from. All of the campsites are dependent on availability, of course, so when you are worried about sites being full, be sure to book ahead of time either online or by telephone. The three campgrounds at Camp Creek State Park are the Mash Fork Campground, the Blue Jay Campground, and the Double C Campground.
Mash Fork Campground has over 25 RV compatible campsites with electricity hookups. There is also a centrally located restroom with flushing toilets and hot showers where campers can fill up on fresh water before parking in their spot. Blue Jay Campground offers 14 rustic sites that are designated for tents, while Double C Campground is designated for campers traveling with horses. All campsites have their own fire ring and picnic table.
Finding things to do when the weather isn’t agreeable, or you just want some modern amenities and attractions, is easy to do as you’ll find many nearby towns while RV camping at Camp Creek State Park. Beckley, which is about 20 miles to the north of the main state park entrance, has plenty of restaurants and museums to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll also find gas stations and convenience stores on the highway to Beckley, for when you don’t want to drive as far.
One really neat thing in Beckley is the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. This former coal mine is now a museum, and visitors can explore the many shafts and elevators that once helped bring coal to the surface. There is an underground tour available, during which your guide will give you the history of the coal mine, explain special facts about it, and answer any questions you have. This tour isn’t for the claustrophobic, though, so for those that don’t like tight spaces, you’ll probably want to find another activity.
To learn more about Beckley and the surrounding area during your outdoor adventure at Camp Creek State Park, head to the Visit Southern West Virginia Visitor Center, which is near the aforementioned Coal Mine Museum.
When it comes to food, Beckley is home to dozens of restaurants, both locally owned options in addition to national and regional chain options. Downtown Beckley is very walkable, and you’ll find old taverns, cute cafes, and delectable New American eateries here. There are also many Italian, Chinese, and Mexican restaurants scattered throughout the town.