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Address: Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Description: Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern...
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.
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Great on a sunny day, other-worldly in the rain.

I've visited Beartown SP about ten times over the past thirty years. Recent maintenance work has repaired the boardwalk to a high standard. This park is a short detour from US... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I've visited Beartown SP about ten times over the past thirty years. Recent maintenance work has repaired the boardwalk to a high standard. This park is a short detour from US 219 and well worth a stop. Beartown is a natural area featuring large blocks of sandstone that have fractured into a large "rock city." The state has built and... More 

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

What a unique place. Never really seen anything like it. We loved it and everything was very interesting. Almost the entire thing is on a boardwalk and gives you different viewpoints. Got some great photos.

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Columbus Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is an interesting area to hike through near the town of Hillsboro. We went here for an afternoon with the family and everyone enjoyed it. The hike will take you about 45 minutes to an hour, longer if you take pictures or look at the rocks in greater detail than we did. The trail goes up and down a... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a beautiful park. its majestic rock formations are beautifully displayed. my friends commented it was like Frank Lloyd Wright had designed the walkways. mosses ferns and ancient trees accompany you to the tune of birds though as you meander through this wonder of nature. Thank God for West Virginia

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Franklinton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife grew up in Lewisburg and knew about this place and said I would like it. We stopped there after spending a few days in some cabins on the Greenbrier river with family and a stop at Droop Mtn battlefield. I wont tell you anything different then other reviewers but I thought it was very cool. Very nice long... More 

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Sinks Grove, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I live in the mountains of West Virginia, so I should have known. It was 63 in Lewisburg, but there were several inches of snow at Beartown and the ice on the boardwalk was slick. First time there and the rock formations were very unique. Little disappointing that you could not climb all over them like at Seneca Rocks, but... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I just came back last weekend, but I already plan to go there next summer. Beautiful view, even though there are many steps, it is so easy to walk through. We loved it!

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Champlin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This state park preservation idea is most unique! The raised boardwalk allowed us to see the unique sandstone rock structures and to walk around and near them. The trees and ferns were beautiful.

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Red House, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Our first time to visit!! Great place, easy to get to off Rt 219. Visited in fall. Caution for slippery leaves. Don't wear shoes that don't have good traction. Would like to visit in spring.

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Bluefield, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is one of the most fascinating places that I have ever been. I'm so glad we stopped here and walked the boardwalk. The rocks and crevices are amazing. I couldn't stop taking pictures and I imagine that a lot of critters seek shelter in those crevices and caves. Do yourself a favor and visit this gem, you will not... More 

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