Little Beaver State Park

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Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver State Park WV 1 LR.jpg
Little Beaver Lake
Map showing the location of Little Beaver State Park
Map showing the location of Little Beaver State Park
Location of Little Beaver State Park in West Virginia
LocationRaleigh, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates37°45′21″N 81°04′50″W / 37.75583°N 81.08056°W / 37.75583; -81.08056Coordinates: 37°45′21″N 81°04′50″W / 37.75583°N 81.08056°W / 37.75583; -81.08056
Area562 acres (227 ha)
Elevation2,450 ft (750 m)
Established1970[2]
Websitewvstateparks.com/park/little-beaver-state-park/

Little Beaver State Park is state park in Raleigh County, West Virginia. It is located near Beckley, West Virginia, about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of I-64 at Grandview Road, exit 129A. The park sits on the shores of 18-acre (0.07 km²) Little Beaver Lake.

Features[edit]

  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking trails
  • Fishing in Little Beaver Lake
  • Boat rentals at Little Beaver Lake
  • 46-site Campground[3]

Little Beaver Dam[edit]

Little Beaver Dam
Little Beaver State Park - Dam.jpg
Little Beaver State Park Dam, June 2005
LocationLittle Beaver State Park off WV 307, near Crow, West Virginia
Coordinates37°45′17″N 81°4′6″W / 37.75472°N 81.06833°W / 37.75472; -81.06833
Arealess than one acre
Built1942
ArchitectCoda, S.C., WPA; Konrad, John, CCC
NRHP reference #98000287[4]
Added to NRHPApril 1, 1998

Little Beaver Dam is a historic dam located in the park, near Crow. It was built between 1938 and 1942, as a federally supported project of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps. The dam measures 400 feet long and 29 feet high and is faced with rough chiseled sandstone.[5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[4]

History[edit]

Originally a day-use facility, Little Beaver received a 46-site campground in 2011. 30 sites, opened on July 1 of that year, have electric and water hookups with an additional 16 water-only sites planned to open later in the year.[3]

Accessibility[edit]

Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The 2005 assessment found the park to be accessible.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Beaver State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  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. ^ a b "Little Beaver State Park Has a Holiday Surprise for Campers". West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ Katherine M. Jourdan and Robell Clark (November 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Little Beaver Dam" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  6. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed September 3, 2006 Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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