a VirtualTourist member from Douglasville asked on Mar 26, 2004
We want to camp in the mountains...looking for secluded out of the way places to camp perfer rustic cabin. But, tent camping ok too.
Well, I can think of several....West Virginia has a lot of "remote" venues. Depending on when you go and what you want to do while you are there, there are many options. First to come to mind is Babcock State Park which has cabins, is remote, but within a 20 minute drive of the New River Gorge National Forest and Summersville Lake and Dam - great recreational areas. Take a look at this website for more ideas: http://www.wva.state.wv.us/callwva/ Click on the "Visitor Information" tab, and go from there. Have fun in Wild and Wonderful WV! It's a beauty for sure!
The state parks are quite nice in West Virginia. I lived there for a few years. I like the area around Davis-Elkins College. You can camp in the mountains, but then come to town for dinner or look in the shops. I would check out the WV tourism site. They will list all the state parks. My husband is a West Virginian native who has fished all the backwaters. If you decide where you are going to go, just email me. I am sure he can tell you about the area. West Virginia is not that populated. I am always amazed when I meet West Virginians in my travels in the US that we often know people in common. The place I would avoid is Charleston because the pollution is so bad. The city stinks much of the time from all the chemical plants. Same thing goes for places along the Ohio River. I would stick to the mountains or the SE part of West Virginia. The Pipestem area has some nice places. If you are into white water rafting the New River or Gauley River are the places to go. Hope that helps, Dee
Forgot about one obvious place....Hawk's Nest. I love that area. Also, there are some very unique places in the Canaan area. There are even isolated Cranberry bogs you can visit. The rates in the Canaan area aren't bad at all during the offseason. It is just during the ski season that everything is booked up. Cheers, Dee
I pick the New River Gorge national parkland for one of my favorite WV camping areas.
Here's there link: www.NewRiverWV.com