Watoga State Park

Watoga State Park, Marlinton: Address, Phone Number, Watoga State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Watoga State Park
4.5
About
Located in the mountains of Pocahontas County, Watoga State Park is West Virginia’s largest state park. With 10,100 acres of land, Watoga is filled with many recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing and boating. Watoga Lake is known for excellent fishing opportunities and is part of the Division of Natural Resources' stocking program. A multipurpose building, museum and observation tower are just a few of the unique attractions at Watoga State Park.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Popular mentions

4.5
83 reviews
Excellent
59
Very good
17
Average
5
Poor
0
Terrible
2

jeff77664
Downingtown, PA402 contributions
Review of Arrowhead Trail to Lookout Towre
Jun 2021
Did the very strenuous Arrowhead Trail from Riverside campground to lookout tower.

The trail has a steep uphill grade from Riverside campground to lookout tower and a steep downhill grade when you go back to Riverside campground.
View is nice at top.
Overall, pretty strenuous trail.
Took between 1 to 2 hours.
Written June 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ted S
Fort Collins, CO102 contributions
just great, again
May 2021
In 2012with retirement we moved from Virginia to Colorado, and this was our first return trip to the park. It was just as great as we remembered, but improved. The 50 amp service and wifi at the bath facility were big improvements and much appreciated. Our site was large and quiet. One of the special highlights was the very special camp hosts ... pleasant, efficient, and responsive. At 6am I barely beat the host to the bathroom, so she could clean it. The trails were extremely well marked. The only area needing some attention is the broken washer and dryer, and I know these things happen.
Written May 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Catherine C
1 contribution
Cabins were great
Dec 2020
My boyfriend and I stayed at Watoga State Park in Cabin 28 this past weekend! We arrived two days after the snow. The roads to the main headquarters were paved but passed there, there was still some snow and slush in the road. Nothing bad, we just drove slowly. The cabin was easy to get to. It’s beautiful up there. Definitely no cell phone service at all. It was great to just spend time together and talk! You don’t get to do that often in an internet connect world!

The cabin came with towels, blankets and sheets and wood for the fireplace (though it only lasted us one night). The kitchen was fully stocked with some pots, pans, a colander and grater for cheese. It had silverware, plates, cups, mugs and bowls. The pans were very small. We ended up going to the Walmart in Lewisburg to get a bigger pan we’ll just use at home as well. There are pot holders but not the kind you put your hand into. The kitchen was also stocked with dish detergent and kitchen rags. I don’t like using rags so we had brought a sponge from home to use. The kitchen also had a coffee make and some filters. Microwave, toaster and of course a stove/oven. There is also a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher.

One thing to note is that a big store like Walmart is about an hour away. We went twice for the pan and some other things we need and also because we needed to check in with some people and that was the closest place I got full service. There’s a small corner store very close to the park, but no big stores around. So to save some gas and time, definitely pack everything you think you’ll need!

There isn’t a ton of space in the kitchen, but since there were only two of us, we kept most of the food on the table. Just keep that in mind if you have more than two people. It is a four person cabin with one queen bed and two twin beds.

Obviously we came in the winter, it was freezing. The main part of the cabin has heat and air, but it was hard to get heat into the bedroom. Sometimes the heaters into the bedroom worked and sometimes they didn’t. We brought three extra blankets from home and that wasn’t enough sometimes. We ended up sleeping with the heat on 80/81 just to get some heat into the bedroom.

Water took a second to get warm in the bathroom and kitchen but would stay warm/hot for the entirety of a shower (25 ish minutes).

Overall the stay was absolutely wonderful. We’re excited to come back when it’s a bit warmer so we don’t have to worry too much about the cold.
Written December 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dudley V
Huntington, WV48 contributions
Fishing trip
Nov 2020
Stayed in cabin 33. It was great till electric went out. We were there last weekend, nice cabin. People bought us lots of firewood which was nice of them.
Written November 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lovestravelWV
Cross Lanes, WV48 contributions
Awesome State Park
Sep 2020
We stayed in Cabin #32. Nice and cozy, very clean, kitchen well stocked. Firewood comes with the cabin for the firepit. Many great hiking trails within the park.
Written September 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sandy M
Baker, WV11 contributions
Weekend getaway for a family
Jul 2020
Weekend getaway for our family. We only spend a couple of nights but had a wonderful time. The cabin was spacious and rugged but comfortable. We had a visit during our campfire time from a bear which was an experience. The lake was beautiful. The pool needs some redo but it was a nice size.
Written August 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jean m
Jackson, MS5 contributions
Outstanding - loved this park
Jul 2020 • Couples
Office personnel were extremely caring and helpful - getting us registered with a senior discount (Sherry) and when we had car trouble and my husband spent the day traveling to get a battery and further travel to get it installed, the park ranger (Josh) made several trips to cabin to report to me on progress. Later that day after work, an office worker (Norma) stopped by to check on our progress - all of this meant a lot since no phone service or internet. Saw lots of deer and a bear and a bear cub. Beautiful park and over and beyond workers!
Written August 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Michelle H.
14 contributions
Relaxing and Beautiful
Jul 2020
Watoga is a great park in the mountains of WV. The park offers boating (rent or bring your own-no motors), fishing, hiking (for a variety of skill levels), pool (closed on monday and tuesdays which kinda sucked since that is when we were there), a mountain view you can reach by car, playgrounds, a little shop at the office, camping, and cabin rentals. It is also near the Greenbrier River and part of the Greenbrier River Trail. We stayed in Legacy Cabin 5 which was a cute little cabin that was surprisingly spacious. The cabin had all the basic necessities and AC in the common room, which was nice. They provide some firewood and you can buy more if needed. Just remember to bring a lighter. We forgot. Please know that there is no cell service in most of the county. You can get on the free but not so great wifi at the camp office, or you can drive to the overlook and hope to get a cell signal. Bring a road map. Also know that there is not a store nearby. We had to drive a ways to buy ice and fishing bait. The town of Marlinton is about a half hour away and has an IGA and a few restaurants and there are a few gas stations around but nothing close to the park. While you are at Watoga, be sure to visit nearby Beartown State Park for a short, easy, beautiful hike and visit Droop Mountain State Park observation tower for a great view. If you want a further excursion, visit Cass Scenic Railroad. Train rides are expensive but you can still visit the store, museum, and ice cream parlor/restaurant.
Overall, Watoga is a great place to go to step away from the craziness of life and relax and enjoy nature.
Written July 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

scottishlad
jackson,ms55 contributions
A Week in the Mountains
Jul 2020
Watoga was a. great experience. Nice cottage and people very helpful. Saw deer daily and on three occasions, saw bear.

I find it hard to do without the internet. Internet connection at the lodge was spotty. An answer needs to be found for this negative.
Written July 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

george short
2 contributions
Wild and peaceful
Jul 2020 • Couples
The bike trail and solitude provided a calming vacation. Wonderful scenery and quiet atmosphere were just what I needed. Packed up camper and bike and left the pandemonium and bustle behind for a week. My son and I rode our bikes from Cass to Renick on the rail trail. Only mechanical malfunction stopped us from finishing trip to Caldwell. Great time had by all
Written July 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 83
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing