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“B Minus Cabins, A+ Outdoor Opportunities” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Watoga State Park

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HC 82, Box 252, Marlinton, WV 24954   |  
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“B Minus Cabins, A+ Outdoor Opportunities”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This camping area is nestled in the mountains of WV and is beside the Greenbrier River. There is a lake within the state park and there are cabin rentals, also. The campground is relatively quiet and there are many sites along the river with great views. Before you get to the camping area, be sure to stop in at a little store called Jack's Corner. I think I have the name right. They have a great soft served ice cream cone that has a marshmallow flavor to it. They, also, rent kayaks, float tubes and bicycles. I almost forgot to mention that this area has the Greenbrier River Trail following the river from Caldwell to Cass. This is a beautiful scenic ride along the river. I highly recommend this campground and activities to all travelers.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Watoga State Park is located in the middle of many outstanding mountain biking trails and a great place to use as a home base. The trails that we ride are free and range to over 4,000 feet in elevation with spectacular views. The Greenbrier River Trail is one of the trails that travels for about 75 miles, following the Greenbrier River through scenic countryside, through two tunnels and over several bridges. You can ride smaller segments of this trail, as small as 4 miles. The cabins at Watoga can accommodate various family sizes and are reasonably priced. The cabins have running hot and cold water, full bathrooms with showers, fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplaces with wood provided, grassed outside area suitable for playing or eating out, and located in a mountain setting. Some cabins are heated and there is a swimming pool centrally located in the park. There is also a camping site in the park.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Watoga State Park

Address: HC 82, Box 252, Marlinton, WV 24954
Location: United States > West Virginia > Marlinton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Marlinton
Number of rooms: 34
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 

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