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Address: Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the...

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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Such fun for the kids!

I love this park. A quick hike on a wooden boardwalk. The kids had a great time looking for bears and bats in the 'caves' and learning about the pits in the rocks. It's beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love this park. A quick hike on a wooden boardwalk. The kids had a great time looking for bears and bats in the 'caves' and learning about the pits in the rocks. It's beautiful there with a great layout to enjoy as much of the landscape without disturbing nature. A must see!!

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Zeeland, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We hadn't visited Beartown for several years and it was fun to see it again. This is a great stop for all ages. Beartown has a boardwalk that winds through huge boulders and foliage. It isn't difficult to "imagine" bears living among the crevices throughout the park.

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Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Great place to visit! incredible rock formations, pretty vegetation. The trail, although not long, is easy on the feet. Especially great to visit if it's hot, given the cool canopy. Most people move through quickly, but if you take your time, and hit a period when the groups have moved out, it is quite beautiful. Layers of ferns, crevassed rocks... More 

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Lavonia, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We stopped by Beartown State Park while traveling through WV not expecting much in a small out of the way park. We had a ball! This was like no place we had ever been before. It's hard to describe but if you like nature and unusual places you'll love it. It is a walk but not at all strenuous.

Thank Deborah T
Freeport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Jasonhomey
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 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 54 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 

2 Thank Leon G
Sinks Grove, West Virginia
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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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