At 8,101 acres, Holly River State Park is massive in size. Primarily covered in dense forest, it's nestled in a valley in the Mountain Lakes region of West Virginia. This park is perfect for nature enthusiasts, as well as out of state guests looking to have some summertime fun. Cyclists will lose their minds over the 42 trails of dedicated trails.
These networks cover everything from half-hour excursions to five hour uphill battles that will test even the most seasoned of mountain bikers. The network converges at the eastern edge of the park, where guests can find a detailed map of their options before setting off. If you're visiting with a canine, make sure to steer clear of these paths.
Looking to get out for a hike? Holly River State Park offers over 35 miles of rich woodland hiking paths. If you're on the athletic side, perhaps try the Potato Knob Trail. This is a 6.5-mile trek that leads guests to one of the highest vantage points in the park at almost 2500 feet in elevation. Make sure to check the posted trail maps before setting off for a days' journey, as these trails vary in difficulty.
As a bonus, some of these trails host annual wildflower blooms, including lavender and pheasant's-eye among others. Visitors are free to bring their dog along for a hike as long as they're well behaved, and they clean up after them. Summer visitors to Holly River State Park will enjoy the Holly River Public Pool, which is free to guests who have paid an entrance fee.
Canines are unfortunately not allowed in these public structures. Dog owners are wise to treat any public outing with their canine the same way they'd handle a walk at home. Bring plastic bags for messes, and make sure you've brought along a short leash, preferably no longer than eight feet.