Cathedral State Park

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Cathedral State Park

West Virginia

(304) 735-3771

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Overview

Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forest which once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference form cloisters in the park. Throughout the woods, eastern hemlock is the dominant species. Cathedral State Park consists of 133 acres, located on Route 50, in Preston County in Northeastern, West Virginia. The region is hilly to mountainous, but the park is located on rather gently sloping ground with an elevation varying from 2460 to 2620 feet. Over 170 species of vascular flora have been catalogued; to include 9 species of fern, 3 club moss, over 30 tree species (17 broad leaf) and over 50 species of wildflowers.

Map of Cathedral (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.325021, -79.538032

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Cathedral offers 6 miles of hiking trails. The combination of ancient Hemlocks, rhododendrons, ferns, mountain stream, and wildlife offers excellent hiking and photography opportunities.

    The Cathedral Trail follows Rhine Creek through the forest allowing the opportunity to see a variety of plant and tree species.

Directions

Driving

Cathedral State Park is located on Rt. 50 near Aurora, WV, approximately five miles west of Red House, MD.

Phone Numbers

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(304) 735-3771

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