I've been spoiled by Blackwater and Canaan for years, but wanted to check out nearby Cranberry Glades and Greenbriar River Trail. Watoga is an old, huge park - with a nice trail system for sure. You can bike or drive to quickly jump on the Greenbriar River Trail, which is awesome. Cranberry Glades is about 20 minutes away by car - which is the true backcountry gem of the area. All good.
Accommodations: cabins were not super clean (versus Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley State Parks). We unfortunately ended up on a cabin that sits on the main road (that was dog friendly) and I would not recommend. The main road is apparently a local short cut and cars fly through there. If I had a family I would not dare rent one of the cabins on this stretch - just a matter of time before some sort of accident occurs. That being said, the other cul-de-sac cabins looked just fine from the outside; I suspect the slightly less clean theme carries over to them as well.
Also if you are fire nerd like me, the wood they provide there doesn't cut it. Not seasoned, too big. I may have just caught it at the wrong time.
Lake is pretty, but super small - I tried to paddle a bit but had to do laps to get in thirty minutes. Saw lots of blue gill in the water.
Lastly, if the temp is above 70, it will be buggy. Bring DEET as these are the hearty types of insects.
Worth the trip for nearby attractions of Greenbrier River and Cranberry Glades, but for my money, I would head north to cooler temps, bigger mountains and nearby mountain towns of Davis / Thomas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing and boating. Watoga has 34 cabins: 10 modern (8 sleep four and 2 sleep eight). 24 standard cabins (sleeps 2-6 people). Modern cabins feature forced air furnace and stone fireplace. Standard cabins are log and stone construction with natural stone fireplaces. All cabins are equipped with electric lighting, appliances, bathrooms with showers, modern kitchen with cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens and towels. Modern cabins are open year-round. Standard cabins open last weekend in April and close the fourth Monday in October. ... more less