Beech Fork State Park

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Coordinates: 38°18′36″N 82°20′52″W / 38.31000°N 82.34778°W / 38.31000; -82.34778
Beech Fork State Park
West Virginia State Park
Beech Fork State Park Lake.jpg
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Cabell, Wayne
Elevation 722 ft (220.1 m)
Coordinates 38°18′36″N 82°20′52″W / 38.31000°N 82.34778°W / 38.31000; -82.34778
Area 3,860 acres (1,562.1 ha) [1]
Established January 1, 1978 [2]
 - Opened May 1979 [2]
Management West Virginia Division of Natural Resources [2]
Owner U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District [2]
Nearest city Huntington, West Virginia
Location of Beech Fork State Park in West Virginia
Website: Beech Fork State Park

Beech Fork State Park is a state park located in Cabell County and Wayne County, West Virginia. The park is located on the tailwater shores of Beech Fork Lake, a flood control impoundment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Beech Fork of Twelvepole Creek. Since its development in the mid-1970s, Beech Fork State Park has proven to be a popular recreation spot for the residents of nearby Barboursville and Huntington, West Virginia, as well as those living in the surrounding region. The park is located about 10 miles (16 km) south of the Hal Greer Exit (Exit 11) of Interstate 64.

Access to the park is also available from Exits 8, 15, and 20 of I-64. The Beech Fork Lake Dam and Marina are about a 20 mile (40 minute) drive from the park.

Corps of Engineers lake rules restrict boat motors to 10-hp or smaller.

Features[edit]

  • Boat launch access to Beech Fork Lake
  • 4 Campgrounds with 275 campsites total (including 49 with full hookups,37 primitive and 189 with electrical power)
  • 6 cabins
  • 50-meter swimming pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking trails
  • Fishing access
  • Tennis court
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Softball field
  • Picnic area
  • Dump station
  • Water Fill station
  • Paddle boat and canoe rental ( peak season only )
  • Pontoon and fishing boat rentals are available from the privately operated Beech Fork Lake Marina.

Accessibility[edit]

Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic areas, swimming pool, and the doors and ramps of public buildings to be accessible.[3] The 2005 assessment found issues with signage on buildings and parking lots, and with aspects of access to restrooms.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, Retrieved March 29, 2008
  2. ^ a b c d 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. 
  3. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, Retrieved July 31, 2006

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