Cathedral State Park
|Cathedral State Park|
|West Virginia State Park
National Natural Landmark
|Elevation||2,579 ft (786.1 m)|
|Area||132 acres (53.4 ha) |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest city||Aurora, West Virginia|
|Website: Cathedral State Park|
Cathedral State Park is the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia. The park features trees of up to 90 feet in height and 16 feet in circumference. Located on 132 acres (53 ha) about one mile (1.6 km) east of the town of Aurora and five miles west of Redhouse, Maryland, Cathedral is a mixed forest of predominantly eastern hemlock. The Rhine Creek runs through the park.
Mr Branson Haas, a workman for the Brookside hotel, purchased the land in 1922 and sold it to the state of West Virginia in 1942. It was included in the Brookside Historic District. The park was entered in the National Registry for Natural History Landmarks on October 6, 1966. The Society of American Foresters recognized the park in 1983 in its National Natural Areas program.
In 2004, the state's largest hemlock tree was felled by lightning.
|Trail Name||Trail Length in Feet|
|Giant Hemlock Trail||1,170|
|Partridge Berry Trail||2,931|
|Wood Thrush Trail||3,274|
|Old Oakland Road||2,257|
- List of West Virginia state parks
- State park
- List of old growth forests
- List of National Natural Landmarks
- List of National Natural Landmarks in West Virginia
- West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008
- 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.
- "Cathedral State Park" (PDF). http://www.wvstateparks.com. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Retrieved 1 August 2015. External link in
- Forests of the Appalachians Project web site, accessed July 22, 2006.
- Cathedral State Park web site, access July 22, 2006
- "Trees last stand: Park may be last place to see uncut hemlock forest in state", Charleston Gazette, December 19, 2004, accessed July 22, 2006.
- 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.