Beech Fork State Park - Hiking

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Summary

Beech Fork State Park is easy to access and has tons of amenities. It’s a popular weekend getaway for locals.

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Chase Gunnoe

Distance

8.0 miles

The trails officially total 8 miles. But, when you combine multiple trails, it is almost 14.5 miles. The individual trails range from 0.5 miles to 5 miles.

Destination Distance From Downtown

7042.3 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

New renovations to the trail system have made many of the trails easier. The newly expanded trails are made of rock, stone, and dirt.

Time To Complete

2 hours

The trail system is scenic and well-designed, but not extremely lengthy. The longest trail is 5 miles.

Seasonality

All Seasons

The park is open year-round, but the best weather is usually between late March and early November.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Beech Fork State Park

Review

Intro

Beech Fork is a popular place for locals near Huntington, WV. With lots of things to do and a close proximity to the highway, it’s the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon with family or friends. The park covers more than 3,000 acres and hiking trails wind through the entire property.

What Makes It Great

Park crews have recently made some improvements to the trails, extending their lengths and stabilizing the ground. As of the beginning of 2016, they have updated the Overlook Trail and the park’s Lost Trail, but the work is ongoing. Park crews are adding layers of rock and stone to the existing trails to make them more even, and they have also been adding new switchbacks to make the uphill climbs easier.

Luckily, these improvements have given the trails complete makeovers, with special care to preserve the surrounding greenery and landscape. All of the trails are easy to navigate, even if you are a first-time hiker. The 2.5-mile Overlook Trail is by far the most popular in the park, and the easy-to-moderate climb has beautiful views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. If you are looking for something lengthier, try the 5-mile Mary Davis Trail.

Who is Going to Love It

This entire park is designed for beginners. The trails are all easy to moderate with little elevation gain, and the renovations will continue to enhance the experience. Beech Fork is a great place to visit with the family, especially for folks who enjoy camping, fishing, or any other outdoor activity.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are plenty of places to park, even at trailheads. Watch for deer on the roads.

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Location

Beech Fork Lake State Park

5601 Long Branch Rd
Barboursville, West Virginia, 25504
38.316648, -82.339291

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