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Located in the southern half of West Virginia and just over 50 miles from Virginia is Little Beaver State Park. This 562-acre state park surrounds 18-acre Little Beaver Lake. Running through the park and connecting to the lake is Little Beaver Creek. This area has been used for recreation by different groups since the 1940s. It wasn’t until 1972 when the creek was dammed that it was established as a day-use park. In 2011, upgrades to the park and campsites allowed for large groups to camp and enjoy nature together.
In Little Beaver State Park, you'll find mostly flat, forested land surrounding with grassy meadows surrounding a lake of the same name where anglers come to see what they can catch and hikers and campers come to explore the trails.
Several towns are only a few minutes from Little Beaver State Park, such as Daniels, Shady Spring, and Beaver. Fourteen minutes away is the city of Beckley. A short ways north is New River Gorge National River. To the south is Bluestone State Park. In short, you'll find plenty of places worth exploring on your motorhome camping trip at Little Beaver State Park.
Little Beaver State Park is a quiet, forested area with a lake at its heart. The lake offers a variety of fish in its waters, including bass, bluegill, and trout. Fishing is available year-round to Little Beaver State Park campers willing to make the venture.
Not one for fishing but still want to explore Little Beaver Lake? Bring your boat or paddleboard and get out on the water! If you don’t have equipment but still want the experience, you can rent boats, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and more from the park. Rental equipment is available seasonally.
If you prefer spending your time on land, Little Beaver State Park has over twenty miles of trails for any visitor to explore. There are 17 different trails, most of them around a mile long. Depending on the trail you choose, you can take a hike by Laurel Creek, through grassy meadows and wooded areas, or challenge yourself with rocky terrain. Little Beaver State Park allows biking on the trails, so if you’re looking for trails that wind through wooded areas and have a view of a lake, this just may be the place for you.
Until it was established as a state park in 1972, Little Beaver State Park was only a day-use area. It now has 16 campsites equipped with water hookups and 30 campsites equipped with electric and water. A dump station, grills, picnic tables, a laundry facility, and restrooms are all available to campers. The park also sells wood and ice. A note to all visitors: Little Beaver State Park is seasonal and closes during winter. Be sure to check ahead before visiting.
If you would prefer camping in an RV outside the park, just over an hour south in Virginia is Fort Chiswell RV Campground. This site has several amenities, including pull-through sites, internet access, sewer hookups, propane, and a picnic area. Pets are also welcome. While there are many attractions like river rafting and miniature golfing nearby, this RV park offers a quiet and serene atmosphere for all visitors, regardless. This facility is open year-round and also offers monthly rates.
If you don't have your own rig, don't fret — search for RV rentals in Raleigh County and find a motorhome that suits your style. Located just 15 minutes away, Huntington is a convenient place to rent an RV near Little Beaver State Park.
While there are several nearby towns only a short drive from Little Beaver State Park, you may need to do a little driving to explore some of the more popular points in the area.
Roughly a two and a half hours north is West Virginia State Wildlife Center. This wildlife center is run by the state with the goal of helping people learn about West Virginia’s wildlife. It boasts spacious enclosures that allow the animals the space they need to behave as they would in the wild, giving visitors the most realistic peek possible into their hidden lives.
About an hour and a half northwest is another attraction that focuses on the natural: Hahn Horticultural Garden. Located at Virginia Tech, this garden isn't only for students. At this botanical garden, you'll find six acres of garden and learning space for the community and students. With many different varieties of gardens, this isn’t a space meant for only relaxing, but also a place where you can become educated on different plants and gardening methods.
A drive south into neighboring Virginia will bring you to the Taubman Museum of Art. Located in Roanoke, this museum has several exhibitions spotlighting artists as well as a hands-on experience for those aged 17 and younger.
When it comes to refueling and restocking, there are several small towns only a few minutes from Little Beaver State Park. The closest city that can offer the most variety in the way of grocery stores, restaurants, and gas is Beckley. The city of Charleston is just about an hour away from the park and offers a variety of attractions worth seeing on your Little Beaver State Park camping adventure.