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Beartown State Park
Beartown State Park
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... 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
Attraction type: State Parks
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Greenbrier River Trail
Greenbrier River Trail
A 75-mile hiking and biking trail.
Attraction type: Biking Trails; Hiking Trails; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
Site of the largest Civil War engagement of West Virginia's history, this state park has beautiful mountain views and plenty of recreation opportunities.
Attraction type: State Parks
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Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area
Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area
Attraction type: Waterfalls
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Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Pearl S. Buck Birthplace
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Pretty Penny Cafe
Pretty Penny Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Hillsboro
Cuisines: American

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Jack Horner's Corner
Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Marlinton
Cuisines: American
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Dirtbean
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Marlinton
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Dairy Queen
Ranked #4 of 12 Restaurants in Marlinton
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Fast Food
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The Snak Shak Tropical Sno
Cuisines: American

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