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Beartown State Park

Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Hillsboro
Type: State Parks
Owner description: Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia.... more » Owner description: Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. The name Beartown was chosen because local residents claimed that the many cave-like openings in the rocks made ideal winter dens for the black bears of the area. Also, the many deep, narrow crevasses were formed in a somewhat regular criss-cross pattern and appear from above like the streets of a small town. Beartown is noted for its unusual rock formations, which are comprised of Droop, or Pottsville, Sandstone formed during the Pennsylvanian age. Massive boulders, overhanging cliffs, and deep crevasses stir the imagination of most visitors. Pocketing the face of the cliffs are hundreds of eroded pits, ranging from the size of marbles to others large enough to hold two grown men. Ice and snow commonly remain in the deeper crevasses until mid to late summer. Vegetation clings tenaciously to life, sending roots into mere cracks in the rocks.The land was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin G. Polan, in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Development of the park has been minimal in order to preserve the natural attractions of the area. However, basic facilities are provided, and a boardwalk permits easy access. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk guide visitors and provide insights concerning the ecology of the area. The park is open daily from April to October. During the closed winter season foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate. Group tours may be arranged by contacting the Superintendent at nearby Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. No fee is charged to visit Beartown. « less
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This park is a walk through rock formation and nature. Imagination can run wild. Walkways are very easy to navigate just a little slippery in some places when wet. Loved everything about this park and a must see on your list of things to do in the valley.

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Sharonville, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The boardwalk allows you to walk out over some amazing rock formations. We hoped to see a bear but we didn't get that lucky.

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Galveston
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This park is beautiful. There are boardwalk paths and the mountains and trees are beautiful. Do not miss this stop. Man I wish I was back again.

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Poca, West Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have lived in WV all of my life and have visited numerous wildlife areas. Somehow have never seen this place until we ran up on a weekend visit to Cranberry Glades area in Pocahontas County. I would rate this as a top #1 on a must see visit in WV and Dolly Sods has dropped now to my 2nd... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nice leg stretcher around rock outcroppings. Beartown was very interesting. Could really use your imagination and see the bears etc wintering in the caves

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We came across this park after the Highland Scenic Highway drive on our way back to Fayetteville and what a incredible surprise. It's a labyrinth of super sturdy boardwalks and stairs winding through small gorges, caverns and rock outcroppings covered in trees, ferns and moss. Extremely green, fresh and cool. This is an easy walk, all on boardwalks with few... More

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florida
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35 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

One of the most unique parks I've ever visited. If you are in the area, don't miss it. It only takes about an hour to walk all the boardwalks, stop and drink in the cool, refreshing air under the tree canopy and just totally relax in this beautiful place. The rock and moss formations are awesome! You will love taking... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

YOUNG or OLD will love walking through these enormous rock formations, what a great surprise for me a photographer and lover of huge rocks. I could have stayed and stayed walking around here, allow at least half hour or more BEAUTIFUL, we were there In Autumn

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Cranberry Twp.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Beartown is one of those places that if you are within 100 miles you need to see this place. I was there early morning in the fall and the sun had not yet burned off all the fog. It was a really cool experience plus I did not see another soul. Lots of birds and small game animals. Very relaxing... More

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Not necessarily for families with little ones due to the terrain, Beartown will however be a great adventure to older children. There are no entrance or admission fees to visit and enjoy Beartown State Park.

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