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Cacapon Resort State Park
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We just returned from three nights at the Cacapon Resort State Park lodge. What a gorgeous, relaxing and inexpensive vacation this was! Located right over the Virginia state line in Berkeley Springs, WV, it is a very easy drive from the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Deep in the woods, you will see tons of deer every day.

We stayed in the lodge, which is very old, but clean and comfortable. The staff is outstanding. Everyone from the front desk to the maids are very friendly and go out of their way to help you out. Yes, the rooms are small, but they are adequate. We were in Room 19 and had no trouble with hot water. It came on immediately and was plentiful. There are no hair dryers or refrigerators... just you, your beds, a table with two wooden chairs, a telephone, a nice flat panel TV, and your bathroom. However, if you are like us and don't spend a lot of time in your room, this shouldn't matter too much to you. We prefer to pay less for a room and use the money we save on other things.

We took advantage of many activities while visiting Cacapon. First, there's the wonderful swimming lake and white sand beach -- love it! Note it is NOT handicapped accessible (you have to come down an uneven, stone staircase to reach the beach). It is free for lodge or cabin guests, or costs a minimal fee if you just want to come swim for the day. There's a small snack bar, and paddle boats (only $3 per half hour!).

The nature center has some cool exhibits, and the rangers conduct nature programs all the time. These activities might be things like searching for evidence of animals from their droppings, tracks, etc., searching for critters in a creek, creating a plaster of paris mold of animal tracks, watching a medieval knight re-enactment (I think that was a special activity they don't normally do), etc. These programs are free. The only negative is that over by the nature center, there are millions of tiny nats that fly around the picnic areas. Wish there were some way to get away from them. They don't bite or sting, but they are highly annoying. Perhaps they go away during other seasons (we were there at the end of July).

My husband did some clay pidgeon shooting (extra fee), which he enjoyed. The instructor was very good and took a lot of time showing him what to do. We also took a horseback ride (extra fee), which was very nice. It is a simple trail ride made for beginners, and my almost 8-year old had no trouble. We drove 4 miles to see a gorgeous scenic overlook, which was lovely.

We also enjoyed the basement of the lodge, where they have ping-pong, shuffleboard, etc. There are also board games and puzzles for rainy days. We ate several meals at the lodge and found the food to be good and the prices reasonable. Their "Italian Buffet" Night had yummy meatballs, spaghetti with meat sauce, lasagna, salad, soup, garlic breadsticks, Italian-style green beans, and nice desserts, like Boston Creme Pie.

At twilight, we enjoyed rocking on the large rockers overlooking the golf course and panoramic vista with tons of deer. We even spotted the elusive white deer that some of the other guests told us about.

I'm sure the hiking is breathtaking, but we were unable to do that on this trip. We were not able to picnic, fish, or use the playground either, but I'm sure they are great.

We were told they are beginning construction on a new wing of the lodge this fall. It will have 80 rooms or so. They're also adding a swimming pool and other amenities. I think the whole renovation will take 2 years. They will probably go back and renovate the old rooms after they have built the new ones. I'm sure the upgraded rooms will cost more, so for now, I am content to pay a low nightly rate for the quaint rooms they currently have.

I was very pleased and will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

My wife and I stay at a cottage on the Cacapon River every year. This year the river was a raging torrent due to heavy rain in the area. We were looking for another place to fish, and stumbled on the lake at the front of the Cacapon State Park. First of all, the park was clean and well cared for. The restrooms were spotless, despite being outside. The staff at the boathouse were courteous and helpful. The fishing was great! For a small lake, my wife and I caught several largemouth bass between 1 1/2 to 5 pounds over 2 days. We were using artificial baits, ( I'm not going to say which) and we had to work for them, but no one around us was doing much good with natural bait. I would recommend to anyone who has the patience to work the lake, the bass are plentiful, but finicky. Switch baits often and try different techniques.

Room Tip: We didn't stay here, only fished.
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Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This is a wonderful place, the cabin that they upgraded us to was perfect. You can hike, eat out, eat in, chill, go out, you name it this is the place. Close enough to the DC area that it should be more crowded during the week but grateful it isn't. I can 't wait to return. If there is a bad review it must be from people who are not used to being outside in nature. My friend and I had a wonderful time and I personally wish there were more insects.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Family has been going to Cacapon for sixty years. We take a number of cabins for a week, and do very little productive (unless naps, reading, drinking, golfing, siting by the lake, talking, and eating are productive).

The cabins aren't luxury by any means, but they're air conditioned and the bathrooms have been updated (I remember the old concrete showers). There are no dishwashers, and in the newest cabins, the ADA height sink can make the dishwasher's back hurt.

The golf course is top notch, and I always seem to up my game. A not to walkers though, as the course sits at the feet of Cacapon Mountain, it's quite hilly.

I haven't stayed in a lodge room, but my brother and 8-month pregnant sister-in-law did. Their only complaint was that the slope of the ceiling made one side of the bed tight.

All in all, Cacapon is perfect for what we use it for, an opportunity to get away (although cell service now extends into the park) and enjoy some down time.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed 3 mostly quiet days in the woods. The cabin was quite rustic,pretty clean but yes there were some bugs and mice etc. lets try to remember where you are....in the woods. There were deer everywhere, squirrels, chipmunks, frogs...the whole spectrum of wildlife. We hadn't counted on one of our neighboring cabins bringing microphones, amps, electric guitars and Karaoke equipment for a late night party. Most likely a family reunion. If you are planning a big party, you should invite the neighbors....right? The bungalows can sleep up to 6 .....but max should be two adults with small children. With only two of us we were bumping into each other.....and watch your head getting out of the bunk beds. I now have a soft spot.
The park is a treasure with golf, hiking trails, swimming area and friendly staff. Go and enjoy. If you have a problem with bugs...stay at the lodge.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed over 4th of July. This is a well-run, extremely clean, and extremely well maintained property. We stayed in the lodge. The room was comfortable with nice beds and bedding. This is a mid-century modern style architecture building, so the rooms are smaller than most chains and so are the bathrooms, but well-maintained. The only small issue is waiting for hot water.

The dining is very well done American cuisine with no frill, just hearty substance. They cook the way you do at home plus a deep fryer. The choices are varied enough that there is something for everyone, even a vegetarian. The prices are fair.

The golf course is immaculate. The fees very low, about $35 on a weekend for 18 holes.

We did not avail ourselves of all the activities, such as horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, or the beach at the pond, other guest were happy enough.

It is a. Budget friendly, family friendly place with very nice staff.

Room Tip: A golf course view near the water heater.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We went to Cacapon State Park as part of our trip to West Virginia this past June. We were given cabin 26 which was supposed to sleep four. First off, the car we were renting was more spacious. Upon entering, the kitchen was on the right and bunk beds were on the left. So much for sitting up in bed! To get to the upper beds which were in a loft, you had to climb on the kitchen table to get to the stairs to climb up. The beds up there were small...like a doll house. The room was dark and musty. We asked if we could upgrade out of the bungalow to something bigger and they gave us another cabin. We arrived to the new room at 11 pm and were greeted by more insects than I could imagine being in a structure. There were stink bugs all over the place including on the beds, in the bathroom, and on the curtains. There were cockroaches, spiders, and other bugs I couldn't identify. We spent 1.5 hours killing bugs so that we could sleep and called the front desk to let them know what we were experiencing. They had room in the lodge for the next night so we had to sleep in the cabin. In the morning, there were larve on the floor that weren't there the night before. The lodge was nice. Wouldn't stay in a cabin ever again, but would stay in the lodge.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Cacapon Resort State Park

Address: 818 Cacapon Lodge Dr, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411-3300
Location: United States > West Virginia > Berkeley Springs
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Berkeley Springs
Price Range: $80 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cacapon Resort State Park 2*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cacapon Resort is a mountain lodge located in Cacapon State Park, named after its close proximity to Cacapon Mountain, the highest peak in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The four-season lodge provides easy access to outdoor recreation including hiking, beach swimming, fishing and the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course. The lodge provides guests with a relaxing setting among scenic West Virginia landscape. The onsite guest lounge comes equipped with a TV, board games and fireplace, creating a cozy area for all seasons of the year. Cabins, cottages and bungalows rentals are also available. Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge is a nonsmoking facility. ... more   less 
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