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Beartown State Park

Address: Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Hillsboro
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & 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. 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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Sinks Grove, West Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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38 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Antonio, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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