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. Y

hiking
15 days ago

Well marked and traveled loop trail in Beech Fork State park. Good amount of yellow reflectors or painted dots on the trees. Saw quite a few small deer. Nice views of the lakes from the top as well as while walking alongside them. May not get much of a view during the summer. We hiked in November after most of the leaves had fallen. Took our dog and he loved every second of it. Good amount of up and down and felt like a moderate workout.

We did this trail yesterday and we loved it, so did our pups...the perfect amount of ups and downs to be a good workout.

mountain biking
1 month ago

A ton of fun
Great for beginners
Out and back 6.5 miles

Great scenery and walk.....a little challenging for novice, but can be done in 60 mins with a good pace

2 months ago

Challenging but good workout!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Good workout on the hills. The trail itself was a little muddy, but well marked. The whole thing is shaded. Good spots to stop and take a water break. No creek or lake to cool off in, though. I'd do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

A little muddy, but my friends and I, along with our dogs, had a blast. There are yellow diamonds nailed to trees periodically throughout the trail to help guide you.

5 months ago

It was long! But beautiful. Loved it.

I go hiking here quite often with my dog, and love it.

8 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Pretty snazzy trail, lots of other trails branching off from this one. Plan on taking a bike next trip..

hiking
1 year ago

Takes about 5 hours to do the mary Davis trail.

The Overlook Trail is a nice workout; however, the actual overlook isn't that much to write home about. It basically overlooks Beech Fork Pool. The trail itself is clearly marked, though. It doesn't feel all that secluded, but it's still a nice enough hike.

This trail provides a nice little work-out. The first time I went, I stayed on the Lost Trail for the entire hike. The second time I went, I decided to follow the fork to the Mary Davis Trail around the lake. That turned into quite an experience, as I had no idea the Mary Davis Trail was so long and not as clearly marked as the Lost Trail. It was mid-late October, so the narrow trail was heavily covered by leaves. As the trail became harder and harder to see, I finally decided to turn around and go back. I spent about four hours hiking that day. I wouldn't mind hiking from the Lost Trail onto the Mary Davis Trail around the lake again, as that part was beautiful, but next time I will probably just turn around once the trail veers off from the lake.

hiking
2 years ago

Good hike, most of it was pretty well marked and taken care of. It's actually only about 2.5 mile loop not 5 like stated, there is another trail the Mary Davis trail that this is part that is around 5 miles.

hiking
3 years ago

I hiked the Lost Trail loop and part of the Mary Davis trail today. I really enjoyed the mile along the lake, but beyond the lake, there isn't enough to see to make the steep climb back to the start really worth it. So I decided to hike part of the Mary Davis trail, to see where it might lead, and about 1.5 miles or so into it, the path forks and the blaze color changes. Without a map (Mary Davis is not fully marked on the brochure map) I decided to head back to where the it forks from the Lost Trail. Got in almost 6 miles, not bad, just wish there was more to see.

hiking
3 years ago

Trail needs a little maintenance, but overall a good hike. It is marked, but so are some side trails with the same color paint, so it was confusing at times which way to go.

hiking
4 years ago

Trail was too muddy, I had been raining a few days before hand.

Several trails. We started on the Overlook loop. Kicked my rear! The trail was well marked. Slightly muddy and rocky which made coming down the hill a little treacherous. We will be going back to see what other trails we can find.