Popular parks with cabin amenities are perfect places to cast a line and connect with nature

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the constant hustle and bustle of daily life, it might be time to escape to the tranquil beauty of West Virginia’s cabin parks. A fishing trip, coupled with a cabin getaway, offers the perfect remedy to regain your focus and calm. In this blog, we’ll explore five remarkable West Virginia cabin parks that will provide you with not just excellent fishing opportunities, but also a chance to reconnect with nature and yourself.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, Blackwater Falls State Park is known for its breathtaking views and mountain scenery, but it’s also a year-round paradise for anglers seeking a serene retreat. In June, you’ll want to cast your line in Pendleton Lake, which is a great place to catch channel catfish and largemouth bass during the summer months. Located on the western side of the park, this 10-acre lake is small and intimate, perfect for peaceful morning casts from the shore or a paddle in the afternoon. Pendleton Lake has a carry down access site.

The park’s tranquil cabins offer the perfect blend of comfort and solitude, with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. Besides fishing, you can explore the breathtaking waterfalls, hike the picturesque trails or simply enjoy a quiet evening by the fire. A mid-week stay here means fewer crowds, ensuring you have the peace and quiet you crave.

Bluestone State Park

Situated along the shores of Bluestone Lake, Bluestone State Park is a great place for a fishing retreat. The sprawling 2,000-acre Bluestone Lake is teeming with a variety of game fish, such as channel catfish, crappie, striped bass, largemouth bass, muskellunge, smallmouth bass and white bass. The serene setting, combined with the thrill of a good catch, makes this park a must-visit. There is a paved boat ramp with 30 parking spots in the park where boaters can put into the water and explore.

Bluestone State Park’s charming cabins are a great place for a relaxing getaway. Three cabins have gorgeous views of Bluestone Lake in the gorge below, but there isn’t a bad view in the park. During your stay, you can explore the expansive lake or enjoy a leisurely hike on one of the many trails. Weekdays at Bluestone promise less crowded waters and a more intimate connection with nature.

North Bend State Park

Located in the lush hills of Ritchie County, West Virginia, North Bend State Park features a 235-acre lake that offers great fishing opportunities for channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and muskellunge. North Bend Lake’s calm waters make it a favorite spot for both novice and seasoned anglers. There are three paved access sites — Cokeley, Third Run and Rocky Hoover.

The park’s hilltop cabins are nestled in the heart of a white pine forest, offering a peaceful retreat after a day on the lake. In addition to fishing, you can explore the North Bend Rail Trail, perfect for biking and hiking, or simply enjoy the serene views from your cabin porch. A mid-week visit ensures a tranquil environment, free from the weekend rush.

Tygart Lake State Park

Tygart Lake State Park is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts. The clear waters of Tygart Lake are home to channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskellunge, smallmouth bass, trout, white bass and walleye, giving anglers plenty of options to reel in their favorite game fish. The 1,50-acre lake has two paved access sites — for directions to access site No. 1, click here. For directions to access site No. 2, click here.

Click here to read our Ultimate Summer Fishing Guide for Tygart Lake.

Tygart Lake State Park’s cabins provide all the comforts of home with the added benefit of stunning lake views. Spend your days fishing or kayaking on the lake and your evenings unwinding by a cozy fire. Visiting during the week means you’ll have the lake mostly to yourself, allowing for a more peaceful and uninterrupted fishing experience.

Seneca State Forest

Seneca State Forest, located in Pocahontas County, is home to the 6-acre Seneca Lake. This lake might be small, but it’s big on opportunities for anglers, providing a serene spot perfect for largemouth bass fishing in the summer months. Seneca Lake has a carry down access site.

The rustic cabins at Seneca State Forest offer a back-to-nature experience without sacrificing comfort. In addition to fishing, you can explore the vast forest trails or simply relax and take in the natural beauty around you. A mid-week stay here promises a deeper connection with nature, away from the hustle and bustle of weekend visitors.

Plan your trip

A fishing trip to these parks is not just about the thrill of the catch, but about rediscovering your peace and focus amidst nature’s beauty and rekindling your love for the outdoors.

So, pack your fishing gear, book a cabin and treat yourself to a rejuvenating getaway. Just make sure you have a West Virginia fishing license before you cast a line. Consider upgrading to one of our new durable license cards for an enhanced angling experience.