Audra State Park

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Coordinates: 39°02′25″N 80°03′55″W / 39.04028°N 80.06528°W / 39.04028; -80.06528
Audra State Park
West Virginia State Park
Audra State Park.jpg
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Barbour, Upshur
Elevation 1,811 ft (552 m)
Coordinates 39°02′25″N 80°03′55″W / 39.04028°N 80.06528°W / 39.04028; -80.06528
Area 355 acres (143.7 ha)
Established 1950 [1]
 - Opened 1954 [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Nearest city Belington, West Virginia
Location of Audra State Park in West Virginia
Website: Audra State Park

Audra State Park is a West Virginia state park located on 355 acres (1.44 km2)[2] in southwestern Barbour County. It was established around the remnants of an early 19th century gristmill and the tiny community of Audra. A gristmill spillway is still visible in the river.[3]

The park is a hilly, secondary forest area bisected by the Middle Fork River. The deep pools, large, flat rocks, and riverside beach have provided generations of campers, local teens and college students a place to swim or work on their tans.[4] Audra State Park is the site of Alum Cave, which is accessible by a boardwalk built along this overhanging sandstone ledge.

The park serves as the put-in point for a 6.6 mile kayak run along about 2.8 miles the Middle Fork River and about 3.8 miles of the Tygart Valley River to the confluence of the latter with the Buckhannon River.[5]

Features[edit]

  • 67 camp sites
  • Swimming in the Middle Fork River
  • Hiking trails
  • Kayaking in the Middle Fork River
  • Picnic area

Accessibility[edit]

Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic area, and park offices to be accessible.[6] The main swimming hole (just below the site of the former gristmill), with wet, slippery rocks and unpaved approaches is not considered accessible.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3. 
  2. ^ Carrol, S. and Miller, M., Hiking West Virginia, p.92, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT (2003).
  3. ^ Audra State Park web page, accessed March 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Crockett, M., "Jewels in our Crown", Pictoria Histories, Charleston, WV, 2004. ISBN 1-891852-35-3
  5. ^ American Whitewater web site, Middle Fork River page, accessed July 19, 2006.
  6. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006

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