Beech Fork State Park

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Beech Fork State Park

West Virginia

(304) 528-5794

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Overview

Beech Fork State Park was officially opened in the winter of 1979 and offers 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia. Beech Fork is located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville and is just a short drive from Charleston, Cincinnati and Lexington. Developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the mid 1970's, Beech Fork Lake has owned up to its popularity for recreation boating, fishing and wildlife watching experiences.

Many varieties of migratory water fowl, neotropical songbirds, raptors, whitetail deer, fox, even an occasional passing black bear may be viewed while visiting the park. The early spring brings with it the welcome call of different species of frogs and toads. Spring wildflowers are a common sight to hikers and those who look carefully as they walk or bicycle along the roads and trails. Fishing is one of the most common activities that visitors and overnight guests may enjoy. The lake is known for largemouth and hybrid striped bass, catfish, walleye, saugeye (a cross of walleye and sauger), and bluegill. A Fishing license is required and is available at the park office. You may also make an online advance purchase for your license at www.wvfish.com.

Map of Beech Fork (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.306596, -82.341333

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Activities

  • Boating

    Beech Fork State Park has paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and row boats for rent. Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and licensed jon boats (jon boats are ready for a small motor or include oars for rowing) may be rented from the seasonal boat launch area within the state park. The boat rental is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Boat Launch is seasonal and operational from April when lake fills to summer pool to November when the lake is brought down to winter pool.

  • Bicycling

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  • Camping

    The 275 site, deluxe campground features four distinctly different areas. Approximately 80 sites are lake front campsites. Old Orchard, a 49-site full hookup campground is equipped with water, sewer and 20-, 30-, or 50-amp electric service. It is open year-round. Moxley Branch, Four Coves, and Lakeview camping areas each are equipped with newly upgraded 20- or 30-amp electric service. All campgrounds have full service bathhouses and restroom facilities-complete with coin operated laundry. Each campsite contains a grill and picnic table. Reservations may be made in sections of Old Orchard and Moxley Branch. There is limited playground equipment in the campgrounds as well as mooring posts along the lake sites. Closing of sites for winter season begins from October and November until there are 49-sites that remain open in the Old Orchard campground by November 15th. The forty-nine Old Orchard campsites are available with electric only in late November or earlier when the threat of hard freeze is forecast and continues through early March or later when the threat of hard freeze is over.

  • Fishing

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  • Hiking

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  • Picnicking

    In addition to picnic areas, Beech Fork has shelters for rental that are popular for reunions and gatherings.

  • RVing

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  • Tennis

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  • Water Sports

    A 50 meter swimming pool and bathhouse facility opened at Beech Fork on Memorial Day in 2000. The complex includes a bathhouse and snack stand both open to park guests and the general public.The pool and snack bar is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day for overnight guests and general public.

Seasonality/Weather

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning April and thru October. Office hours may vary during the off-season. Closing of camp sites for winter season begins in October and November until there are 49-sites that remain open in the Old Orchard campground by November 15th. The forty-nine Old Orchard campsites are available with electric only in late November or earlier when the threat of hard freeze is forecast and continues through early March or later when the threat of hard freeze is over.

Directions

Driving

Located in the south western section of West Virginia, Beech Fork is easily accessible from Interstate 64:

Using Exit 11: (Hal Greer Blvd. Exit)--Take Rt. 10 south. Continue approximately 4 miles turn right onto Hughes Branch Road and follow to the end. (another 4 miles). Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (30 minutes)

Using Exit 8: (5th Street Exit)--Take Route 152 South for approximately 20 miles. Turn left onto Wilson Creek Road and continue about 8.2 miles until you enter the park. (40 minutes)

Using Exit 15: (29th Street Exit)--Take Route 60 East about 1 mile to Alt. Rt. 10. Take Alt. Rt. 10 South about 3 miles to Route 10 North. Continue on Route 10 North for less than a mile and turn left onto Hughes Branch Road and follow it to the end. Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (20 minutes)

Using Exit 20 (Mall Road Exit)--Take Route 60 West for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Alt. Rt. 10 South and go about 3 miles to Route 10 North. Continue on Route 10 North for less than a mile then turn left onto Hughes Branch Road and follow it to the end. Turn left and the park is about 2 miles straight ahead. (25 minutes)

From the Dam and Beech Fork Marina: Take Route 152 South about 12 miles to Wilson Creek Road. Turn left onto Wilson Creek Road about 8.2 miles into the park. (40 minutes). THERE ARE MANY DEER ALONG THESE ROAD-WAYS. PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY.

Phone Numbers

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(304) 528-5794

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