Audra State Park
|Audra State Park|
|West Virginia State Park|
|Elevation||1,811 ft (552 m)|
|Area||355 acres (143.7 ha)|
|- Opened||1954 |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
|Nearest city||Belington, West Virginia|
|Website: Audra State Park|
Audra State Park is a West Virginia state park located on 355 acres (1.44 km2) 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.
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. 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.
- 67 camp sites
- Swimming in the Middle Fork River
- Hiking trails
- Kayaking in the Middle Fork River
- Picnic area
Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic area, and park offices to be accessible. The main swimming hole (just below the site of the former gristmill), with wet, slippery rocks and unpaved approaches is not considered accessible.
- 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.
- Carrol, S. and Miller, M., Hiking West Virginia, p.92, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT (2003).
- Audra State Park web page, accessed March 16, 2008.
- Crockett, M., "Jewels in our Crown", Pictoria Histories, Charleston, WV, 2004. ISBN 1-891852-35-3
- American Whitewater web site, Middle Fork River page, accessed July 19, 2006.
- Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006