About our Park
One of the most popular state parks in the state for camping, Beech Fork State Park sits on the eastern boundary of Beech Fork Lake close to the border of Wayne and Cabell Counties.
The lake was created as part of the integrated flood control system for the entire Ohio River basin created by the Corps of Engineers authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962. The lake, along with many of the other small reservoirs throughout the state, were created in order to control the flow of water and reduce flood crests along the Ohio River. The lake displaced residents of two small communities: Bowen, located on Beech Fork Creek where the state park in located today, and the community of Booton, on the banks of Millers Fork Creek, a tributary of Beech Fork Creek.
When the lake was created, archaeologists surveyed the area which would be impacted by the lake and found several archaeology sites and historic log homes. One of these century old log homes was preserved and moved to the State Park for visitors to see. Along the hiking trails, visitors can see the remnants of these communities in the form of old roads, cemeteries, and remnants of homesteads such as foundation stones, wells, and cellars. It is important to remember that it is illegal to disturb or remove anything from prehistoric or historic archaeology sites located within the boundaries of the lake or 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 is located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville, WV, and is a short drive from Charleston WV, Cincinnati OH, and Lexington KY.
The state park features year-round vacation cabins rentals, a 275-site campground, group camping, hiking, outdoor swimming pool, picnicking, mountain biking trails, volleyball court, basketball courts, softball field, fishing, man powered boat rentals, playgrounds, birdwatching, geocaching, and an off site shooting range.
Things to Do
- GROUP CAMPING
- REC AREA
- WATER TRAIL
- DISC GOLF
- MOUNTAIN BIKING
- BOAT RENTALS
- NATURALIST ACTIVITIES
To learn more about Beech Fork State Park, reserve campsites, cabins and shelters, please visit the official WV State Parks website, or call the park office at (304) 528-5794.