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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director


News Release : November 1, 2005


Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3380

Contact: Ken Caplinger, Parks and Recreation Section (304) 558-2764


West Virginia State Parks Storm Damage Update

  Several West Virginia State Parks that were closed because of the October 25 snow storm are beginning to return to normal operations, although some still have restricted services. Here is an update on storm damages and restoration of services as of November 1.


•  Berkeley Springs State Park in Morgan County The phones are working again.

•  Coopers Rock State Forest in Monongalia and Preston counties Vehicle traffic is open; hiking trails are enter at your own risk; gift shop and camping areas are closed until next season; phones are working.

•  Holly River State Park in Webster County No power yet to cabins and the office, so those are closed until further notice. Area 1 campground is open and there is power to the bathhouse.

•  Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County Back up and working. A lot of trees were downed, but are cleaned up now.

•  Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County Power and phones have been restored, trees have been cleared, and the Visitors' Center is open.

•  Tygart Lake State Park in Taylor County Partially open. Power and phones are restored in the lodge, office and restaurant, and these facilities are open again. However, there is still no power to the cabins, and the campgrounds have been closed for the season.

•  Valley Falls State Park in Marion County Road and park are open but all trails are blocked by fallen trees.


  Anyone who intends to visit these parks should check the WV State Parks Web site at or call 1-800-CALL-WVA for the latest conditions.



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