If you have simple needs and enjoy the outdoors (e.g. hiking, birding, etc.) and relaxing on your porch in the forest with cool summer breeze, CRSP is the perfect place for you. We were pleasantly surprised, however, at the number of amenities at CRSP but were not so pleasantly surprised at our unsavory experience in one of the "standard cabins". Given the amenities and nearby towns, this is an excellent location for families with younger children (ages 5-12). We're definitely going back to this timeless spot.
We hiked a killer (as in it-nearly-killed-us) trail, for which the trail head was 200 feet from our cabin door. Beautiful forest, flowering mountain laurel, small rock outcroppings, and pretty good views. Speaking of views, don't miss the viewpoint (4 mile drive from the lodge area) via a well-kept gravel road. The small Nature Center puts on many kid and adult friendly activities and hikes. Just don't go to the Center expecting it to be open during one of these activities. Since we kept to the great outdoors given the beautiful weather, we didn't get to enjoy the game room's pool table, air hockey table, room-sized shuffle board, and numerous arcade games, though it did look compelling for a rainy afternoon. Nor did we have time to use the really nice looking basketball, volleyball, shuttle cock, and tennis courts or small playground. We did visit the "beach" (free for guests) and snack bar. The sandy area and pond were large enough to accommodate one hundred or so sunbathers and swimming kids and paddle boats (which could be rented).
Nothing here is fancy. Despite all the activities, it didn't feel busy or touristy. Actually, it was very similar to the summer camps I attended as a kid: close to nature, rustic, and loads of outdoorsy things to do. BUT...the standard cabins are a bit too close to nature: ants, cockroaches, spiders, and mice abound INSIDE the cabin. I'm o.k. with all of that EXCEPT the mice feces. Pretty gross, especially with a baby who wanted to crawl on the floor. The CRSP personnel seemed reluctant to remove the couch that clearly served as the mouse house. On a positive note, it was very cool to stay in a 1930s log cabin in the woods, with a large fireplace, free wood, nice linens, comfortable beds, outdoor grill and picnic table, and a well-stocked kitchen. Next time, though, we're considering one of the modern cabins, despite the fact that they aren't as remote, to avoid the mice.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cacapon Resort State Park Hotel Berkeley Springs
- Cacapon Hotel Berkeley Springs
- Cacapon Hotel State Park