Cathedral State Park

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Cathedral State Park
West Virginia State Park
National Natural Landmark
Cathedral State Park West Virginia Cathedral Trail.jpg
Cathedral Trail
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Preston
Elevation 2,579 ft (786.1 m)
Coordinates 39°19′36″N 79°32′17″W / 39.32667°N 79.53806°W / 39.32667; -79.53806Coordinates: 39°19′36″N 79°32′17″W / 39.32667°N 79.53806°W / 39.32667; -79.53806
Area 132 acres (53.4 ha) [1]
Established 1942 [2]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Aurora, West Virginia
Location of Cathedral State Park in West Virginia
Website: Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park is the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia. Located on 132 acres (53 ha)[1] about one mile (1.6 km) east of the town of Aurora, Cathedral is a mixed forest of predominantly eastern hemlock.[3]

The United States National Park Service has designated the park as a National Natural Landmark in 1965.[4]

The park is under significant threat from the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has been detected within 20 miles (32 km) of the park.[5]

It is included in the Brookside Historic District.[6]

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  1. ^ a b West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008
  2. ^ 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. ^ Forests of the Appalachians Project web site, accessed July 22, 2006.
  4. ^ Cathedral State Park web site, access July 22, 2006
  5. ^ "Trees last stand: Park may be last place to see uncut hemlock forest in state", Charleston Gazette, December 19, 2004, accessed July 22, 2006.
  6. ^ Courtney Fint Zimmerman (July 2012). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Brookside Historic District" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 

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