Maybe you remember sledding on that hill in your back or front yard or down the street during your childhood years, or just know that taking an inflatable tube raft down a snowy, steep hill sounds like a thrilling time.Whatever the case, Snow Tubing is fast becoming a winter activity that most ski resorts and winter fun parks offer.With 10,100 acres of land, Watoga is filled with many recreational activities.There’s hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and vacation cabins, open year-round.Work on developing the forest into a park began in 1934, but improvements stopped during World War II.
Book Now Browse Additional Deals Located in the mountains of Pocahontas County, just 14 miles south of Marlinton, Watoga State Park is West Virginia’s largest state park.
The steep trail leading up to the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower offers spectacular views of the Greenbrier River Valley and Little Levels section of Pocahontas County. Trail follows the Greenbrier River downstream to the mouth of Rock Run, then follows Rock Run to the top of Workman Ridge, a climb of more than 1,000 feet.
This trail branches from the Ann Bailey Trail about halfway between the Ann Bailey Trailhead and the Ann Bailey Lookout Tower. Near the top of the ridge is the old Jarvis/Workman Cabin, an original pioneer cabin. The trailhead is 0.5 mile above cabin 2 on the Island Lick Road.
Watoga State Park’s name comes from the Cherokee word for “starry waters.” The park opened to the public in July 1937.
Before then, it was a state forest designated as a wildlife and timber preserve.