Just killing time in West Virginia, before I move into a house and out of this van, for better and for worse…
I had thought I might spend a night at Tygart Lake State Park, but the camping facilities didn’t especially impress. I let a bit of Ritchey go in Tygart Lake at a deserted boat ramp, Hops had a run around, and we moved on.
Cathedral State Park is a lovely area, but no camping; we were there to see the old-growth hemlocks. It’s a very small park; we walked several trails around, apparently, the whole space, and could hear road traffic at all times. But what is there is worth saving. According to their signage, the average age of the forest is 350 years, and some trees are over 500 years old. The largest are some 90 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference. I definitely saw some in that range.
After a little hike at Cathedral, we’ve returned to the Monangahela National Forest, the same spot where we camped in late May when we first entered this state. It’s a lovely area and free! When I want a little more cell signal or a picnic table, I head a few miles downhill to Blackwater Falls State Park, where day use is free. And the town of Davis has a brewery I quite appreciate. Just hanging out, reading and writing, hiking with the dog and watching time pass by.
Here’s a little photo pack of the last few parks and hikes.