With over 6,100 acres, Cacapon Resort State Park in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia features almost everything you could want in an outdoor recreation area. With stunning views and opportunities for fun all year-round, Cacapon Resort State Park has something for everyone.
For hikers, there are 23 miles to explore spread across nine trails. Trails vary in length and difficulty. Hiking guides are available at the park office. If you bring your dog hiking with you, always come prepared with waste bags and enough water for you and your pet.
If you would rather ride than walk, there are single-track paths for bicyclists, which offer switchbacks and varied terrain. Paved roads in the park are also open to bicycles. The park also offers guided horseback riding or pony rides for less experienced riders.
For those interested in staying the night, there is no camping inside the park, but there are, however, several types of cabins or rooms in the lodge available for rental. You can reserve a cabin or a room in the lodge online or by phone. There are also two nearby campgrounds, C&O Canal Campground and Happy Hills Family Campground.
Cacapon Resort State Park has a golf course that is professionally staffed and offers private lessons. The golf course is rated among the top 130 best-designed courses in the entire US. Additionally, the park has game courts for tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, and even wobble clay shooting.
On the water, Cacapon Resort State Park offers two small lakes for fishing. Both are stocked with trout every spring, and other fish commonly caught include bluegill, catfish, and bass. Valid West Virginia fishing licenses are required. Swimming is open Tuesday through Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day each year.
Dogs and cats are allowed in West Virginia state parks but remain under physical control at all times. Always clean up after your pets and be respectful of posted rules and regulations. Be mindful of other park visitors and do not harass or disturb local wildlife, or allow your pets to be disruptive.
If you are in the Eastern Virginia area or you are looking for a gorgeous place to spend time in the great outdoors with your family or furry friends, take a trip to Cacapon Resort State Park. And don't forget to bring your dog.