Holly River State Park
|Holly River State Park|
|West Virginia State Park|
Laurel Fork Holly River
|Elevation||2,467 ft (751.9 m)|
|Area||8,294 acres (3,356.5 ha) |
|- Land leased from USDA||1939 |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest town||Webster Springs, West Virginia|
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The park is approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Webster Springs. It is the second largest park in the West Virginia state park system with a total of 8,294 acres (3,356 ha). It features an 88-unit campground that has electric hookups, picnic tables, and grills at each site.
Holly River features a variety of recreational activities including:
- swimming pool (open seasonally)
- basketball courts
- volleyball courts
- softball field
- tennis courts
During the summer, park staff leads special activities such as nature hikes, hayrides, marshmallow roasts and other sports events.
Holly River features ten furnished cabins constructed of natural stone and logs. Situated along a tributary of Laurel Fork Holly River, each cabin includes a stone fireplace.
Holly River's 88-unit campground features electric hookups, picnic tables, and cooking grills at each site. A dumping station and four bathhouses are also provided on site. The campgrounds are normally open from the beginning of April through November.
Store and restaurant
A basic store is located in the park providing staple groceries and sundries. A locally-operated restaurant is also located in the park. In 2009 the Holly River State Park Restaurant was named by The West Virginia Division of Tourism and the Collaborative as one of the "101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia".
Located off Webster County Route 3 (Pickens Road), Potato Knob is a popular attraction rising approximately 600 feet (180 m) above the surrounding terrain. Potato Knob Trail winds its way up the steep incline to the summit of the hill.
Located near Potato Knob is Upper Falls of the Holly River, a large waterfall on Fall Run. The site features a recently completed observation deck, stairway to the base of the falls, parking lot, and upgraded road access.
Windy Gap School
Windy Gap School is a former one-room schoolhouse that was located on a remote tract of land owned by the Division of Natural Resources. To help make the schoolhouse more accessible to park visitors, the Holly River State Park Foundation led a volunteer project to relocate the schoolhouse to near the park headquarters. For details about the schoolhouse and the Holly River State Park Foundation, visit http://www.HollyRiver.org.
Holly River Festival
The Holly River Festival is held annually during Labor Day weekend at Holly River State Park. It is a family-oriented festival featuring activities such as a talent show, live music, potato peeling and other contests, crafts, old-time one-room school games, various exhibitions and a gospel sing at the Jerry Run Summer Theater. For details, visit http://www.HollyRiver.org.
Irish road bowling
In recent years, an Irish road bowling has been held at Holly River State Park. Irish road bowling is a very old rural sport from the country of Ireland, and is taking hold on country roads in central West Virginia. The event is held in October each year.
The Holly River State Park haunted campground is held near Halloween inside the campground at Holly River State Park. Children from the surrounding area come to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, go on haunted hayrides, and enjoy a party filled with food.
Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic shelters, swimming pool, and playground to be accessible. During the 2005 assessment some issues were identified concerning signage and slippery stairways.
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- 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.
- "101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia". The Herald-Dispatch. 2009-07-14.
- "Map of Potato Knob". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
- "Holly River Festival". Webster Springs, West Virginia. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- "West Virginia Irish Road Bowling". West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- "Upcoming WVIRBA Events". West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
- Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006
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