The dense forests of Holly River State Park provide guests with a natural feeling of peaceful solitude. Located near the center of the state in Webster County, it is far from the hustle and bustle of city life making it a perfect vacation getaway. Holly River is the second largest park in the West Virginia park system with a total of 8,101 acres. Nestled in a narrow valley, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains some reaching heights of over 2,800 feet. In the midst of this woodland paradise, park guests will find a myriad of recreational opportunities. Playing tennis, surrounding yourself with nature on one of the hiking trails, or just soaking up the sun by the swimming pool--all of these spell Holly River State Park.

hiking
14 days ago

Cool rocks and natural features. A couple of slightly tricky small stream crossings. Mossy areas. One wooden bridge. A short peaceful picturesque hike.

Wear your waterproof shoes! Pretty waterfall

Great river, rapids, and waterfall hike! You walk across a small creek in a few areas so be prepared with footwear especially if it has rained recently. Some parts are steep so walking sticks could come in handy. You end near a really nice cabin area and the last half mile is an easy walk down the road past the cabins.

This is a long trail for little ones with all of the inclines, and it was very steep at the end of the trail, so you definitely need a hiking stick and a sturdy pair of shoes. We had a wonderful time, but the waterfall was only a slight trickle as there had not been much rain in the area. I imagine it would be incredible in the spring and fall.

challenging but quick trail, if you start at the cabins then you will encounter the most elevation gain quickly for almost 1 mile, for a more steady incline I'd start clockwise, there is a nice rock formation at the very top to climb over and explore, we did it after much rain so there was debris and some mud, trail is clearly marked and only took us an hour

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

The first bit of the trail is probably the worst because it was very steep, muddy, and there was a tree down about halfway up the hill. After that, most of the trail has a much gentler incline. There were a few fallen trees that we had to climb over as well. About an hour into hiking the trail, you can take a small detour down another steep hill to Tenskwatawa falls. There's a small cave behind the falls, so it served as a nice spot to take a break and watch the water.

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great trail to warm up on. Trail is actually 0.5 miles and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Lots of cool rocks to look at and climb around. There were a few tricky places where we had to cross a few small streams, but overall pretty cool. We even got to watch a deer give birth on this trail!

hiking
3 months ago