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Beartown State Park

Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Unique area worth exploring

To those who have been to Rock City on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee I would compare this as a very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bridgeport, West Virginia
Great little park most unusual place...

I have been going to Beartown for years. But since a big storm closed the park a while back we had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marlinton, West Virginia
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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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Route . 219, Hillsboro, WV
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To those who have been to Rock City on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee I would compare this as a very small version of that without the large scenic outlook areas. You basically traverse around a mile on a boardwalk up and down stairs viewing the...More

Thank alman4869
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to Beartown for years. But since a big storm closed the park a while back we had not been back. Beartown is a rock formation that folks many years ago said it looked like a town....for bears....thus the name. The park...More

Thank DaveVWV
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Some way, some how, people need to know of the beautiful places in WV to visit. My sister in law and I went for our first time to Beartown on her birthday. A friend on Facebook recommended it. The drive from Princeton was delightful, and...More

Thank Wvcllctbls
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to visit. A lot of walking. I wouldn't suggest it for elderly or very young. The veiwing areas tend to stay very wet so caution is needed. Other than that it is an enjoyable place to visit.

Thank shannon j
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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...More

Thank 560tiffanym
Reviewed 14 October 2016

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...More

Thank Connie F
Reviewed 16 September 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...More

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 1 August 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...More

Thank tropicalfan
Reviewed 31 July 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!

Thank mrphotoWV
Reviewed 18 July 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...More

Thank hurricanemama
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Brandon W
Hey, anyone know how long this hike is exactly from the visitor center to the boardwalk loop and back to the visitor center?
16 March 2015|
Response from MUherdFan |
20 to 30 minutes