Coming in at a massive 2,588 acres, Cedar Creek State Park is home to a vast assortment of things to do. This park has preserved structures, excellent fishing opportunities, and hosts events on a very regular basis. It first became part of the parks system in 1955, before which time it housed the remnants of a pioneer settlement.
A lot of the structures are fully preserved. In fact, the park's main offices are housed in a fully restored log cabin which was once a Gilmer Country historical landmark. If you're a history buff, there are a few other old structures to explore, including a one-room schoolhouse. Erected in 1910, the structure was moved from its original location in Lewis County in 1989.
The school contains all of its unique amenities, including children's desks, a blackboard, and a pot-bellied stove for heat. Generally, these structures are off-limits to canines and are only open on Saturdays during daylight hours. Hiking is very popular here, with over 14 miles of different trails to explore. These vary in difficulty, so visitors are encouraged to check out the trail maps found on the WV State Parks website before planning a visit.
All of the hiking trails are technically dog-friendly, provided you keep them on a leash six feet or shorter. Doggie cleanup stations are located at most trailheads, so make sure to watch out for any messes your dog might leave behind. The campgrounds inside of Cedar Creek were recently redone, now offering additional options and amenities.
The 65 sites provide full electric and water hookups, concrete parking pads, full charcoal grills, and a picnic table. There are three combination shower and laundry facilities open 24 hours placed in accessible areas throughout the grounds. Reservations for these sites can be made any time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31st.
Reservations can be made via the West Virginia State Parks website. Unfortunately, canines are prohibited from all but 10 of these sites. In these pet-friendly locations, dogs are to remain on a 6-foot leash or shorter. A public pool is available for guests, with hours changing depending on the seasons.