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Things to Do

Guests at Holly River generally arrive to relax and unwind. But while at the park there are plenty of outdoor activities.

Planned Activities

Holly River offers nature-based and outdoor activities for visitors and guests to enjoy.  These programs are generally free of charge and open to the  public.  Click here for the line-up.  

swimming at park poolSwimming Pool

The swimming pool at Holly River is closed for the 2015 season due to lifeguards returning to school. 

The outdoor pool at Holly River is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Monday's. Come swim!

Other recreation

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball Field
  • Tennis Courts
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffleboard

A nominal fee is charged for pool and game court use.

biking and hiking at holly river state parkSummer Nature and Recreation Program

During the summer season, a park program coordinator plans special activities for the nature/recreational program. Such popular features as nature hikes, films, hayrides, marshmallow roasts and sports events are organized for your added enjoyment.

Go to:  Events and Deals page


Hiking on the many trails the park offers is another way to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the region.

Trails to two waterfalls, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa, named for two legendary Indian chiefs of the area, are quite popular. The hike to Potato Knob with its commanding view at 2,480 feet is a park feature and you won't want to miss "Shupe's Chute" waterfall.

Download: Park Map

Go to: Hiking page

Picnic ShelterPicnicking and Picnic Shelters

There are two large pavilions that may be rented by the day. Shelters are reservable up to a year in advance.  Please call for availability and reservations. 304-493-6353.

The Old Pavilion is a rustic but conveniently located shelter built in the 1930's. 

The moden Carpenter Pavilion is popular for large groups and family reunions. 

The Balli Pavilion is for smaller groups of up to 30 people.  

Trout Rearing Pond

A trout rearing pond is located near the park headquarters; guests may learn about the many types of trout that are stocked on the park.

West Virginia Wildlife Center

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. Operated by the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and factual understanding of our state's wildlife. Woodland wildlife can be viewed along a wheelchair-accessible interpretative trail 1.25 mile through a mature hardwood forest.  It is 30-35 minute drive or approximately 20 miles from Holly River State Park to the wildlife center.

The resident Bison gave birth to a healthy female calf on May 2, 2014. Read the press release; visit the center.

Nearby recreation destinations include:

The WV State Parks Official Site  corner