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Address: Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV

Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern...

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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I have to agree with another reviewer... This place does seem to be magical. My husband and I have been coming here every fall either the second or third weekend of October since... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have to agree with another reviewer... This place does seem to be magical. My husband and I have been coming here every fall either the second or third weekend of October since 2012. And will continue to come every year for as long as we are alive. This is the place he proposed to me in front of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is absolutely magical and it's obvious why it's called Beartown! I was continually looking for bears.There is boardwalk and steps built around huge rocks through a beautiful forest. Although the boardwalk is not wheelchair accessible my husband who has a bad knee and ankle was able to take his time and walk the half mile boardwalk. It's definitely... More 

Thank Connie F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

You have to drive a curvy road to find this beautiful area. There is a boardwalk that you can walk through all the rock formations. There are stairs but there is also a handicapped accessible Boardwalk as well. My 7 year old and 3 year old walked the boardwalk with no problem. There are signs posted telling details of the... More 

Thank Megan M
Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Just off WV 219 you wind though fields of wildflower and grazing sheep to reach this small park. It is truly like the land before time. With impressive boulders topped with Rock Cap fern, it's practically prehistoric. The boardwalk is half a mile round trip from the parking lot, and you are treated to beautiful deep wilderness scenery. Worth a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

A very Interesting place but not worth a big drive to get there. Very pretty but you can walk through it in about 10 minutes and it is in the middle of nowhere. If you are out in the area it is worth a visit!

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Marysville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Our grandkids, age 8 and 11, LOVE this park. We have taken them to WV several times and we always have to make this a stop on our vacation. The wooden boardwalk loops through the forest and huge rock formations. The scenery is truly wild and amazing. There are lots of steps and it can be very slippery if the... More 

Thank hurricanemama
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

It is Hobbit Country, where kids can see gnomes hiding or fairies showering ...all you need is imagination. The rock formations, ferns, lichen, moss change color with the daylight. The wooden boardwalks make traversing this ecologically sensitive area easy. Not usually highly trafficked, so mostly quiet and meditative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

Probably the most unique state park we've visited. Huge rock formations you can walk over on boardwalks and among on pathways that can easily be imagined as city streets with buildings on either side. Add a bit of fog for a cool special effect. The kids will be talking about Beartown for years to come.

Thank liketogoplaces
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

It's so peaceful and beautiful! My family enjoyed walking through the woods on the wooden but path. It was wild looking how someone could be able to make that, and the time it took. Through the rooks was awesome

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

My late husband and the kids & I enjoyed walking in the park. We saw a mother dear laying going to have a baby.

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