Little Beaver State Park RV & Campground Guide

West Virginia

Little Beaver State Park

began as a small project for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), who between 1938 and 1940, built the Little Beaver Dam. Though the dam only holds back an 18-acre reservoir, the construction techniques used and its longevity got it listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The dam and lake were initially intended as building blocks for a regional recreation area. Today, Little Beaver State Park has grown to be 562 acres that include the 18-acre Little Grass Valley Reservoir and the Little Beaver Dam. The park is one of the favorite spots in West Virginia for family reunions, simple picnics, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Located near Beckley, WV, this park's beauty draws visitors from distant urban areas like Roanoke, VA, and Charleston, WV. 

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Weather
Spring 29-71 F
Summer 56-81 F
Fall 31-74 F
Winter 21-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Little Beaver State Park

When traveling with a location like Little Beaver State Park in mind, the best transportation mode is an RV. With an RV, you carry modern camping comforts with you. Most modern state parks have electrical and water hookups that allow you to cook, heat, use an air conditioner, and shower after a long day of activities. RV rentals are available near Little Beaver State Park in communities like Beckley, WV, where RVshare clients willing to rent their RV out advertise their units.

Little Beaver State Park Campground

Little Beaver State Park Campground offers 46 RV back-in campsites, 30 of which provide access to both electricity and water. The park's central feature is an 18-acre lake that invites all sorts of water activities. There is a camp store that sells firewood and ice. The Wi-Fi is somewhat limited as it only covers the camp store, where there is plenty of seating for those who seek access to the internet. The campground is open from early spring to late fall but closes for the winter season while the rest of the park remains open.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station
  • Fee: $32 per night

Babcock State Park Campground

Babcock State Park Campground offers 52 grass-pad RV back-in campsites, each of which are 20 feet wide and 50 feet long. Camping here gives you access to the stunning 4,127-acre park. A fast-moving stream filled with trout runs through the park. A swimming pool is available for those who prefer heated water to the cold streams and lakes within the park. A playground, horseshoe pit, and tennis court are available for use by guests. The central lake, Lake Boley, is a reservoir for Beckley, WV. Though fishing and swimming are allowed on the lake, boats may only use electric motors to skim across the water. Boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddle rafts are available to rent at the camp store. Firewood, some fresh produce, and ice may be purchased at the store. Fishing, hiking, biking, and boating are the favorite activities visitors enjoy at this park. Many whitewater rafters visit the park as streams swell during the spring, creating tantalizing rapids that challenge even the most experienced whitewater enthusiasts.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $29 per night

Rifrafters Campground

Rifrafters Campground is a privately owned campground that offers 24 RV campsites, one of which is a pull-through. Every site is 30 feet in width, leaving plenty of room for any slide-outs your rig may have. The back-in sites are 45 feet in length, and the pull-through site is 50 feet long. Most of the sites are shaded, with 10 sites having asphalt pads and 14 with gravel pads. All visitors are escorted to their campsite upon arrival to ensure a complete setup. Only 11 of the sites provide full hookups while the remainder include electrical and water access. Though the campground accepts RV campers year-round, hookups are only available from April through November. A children's playground is available, and several hiking trails wander through the 44-acre campground. There is a well-stocked fishing pond for anglers to enjoy their sport.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $42 to $44 per night

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Little Beaver State Park

Inside Little Beaver State Park

Little Beaver State Park has several hiking trails of varying intensity that wind through the park. Whitewater rafting draws many visitors during the early spring runoff and when the late fall rains swell the streams. Boating, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle rafting are favorite activities on the 18-acre lake. Adventurous anglers often combine fishing with hiking as they seek seldom-visited pools filled with native trout high above the lake. The region is known for its clear skies, especially at night when the entirety of the sky blooms with stars and the ancient Milky Way Trail is plain to see.

Outside Little Beaver State Park

The fact that Little Beaver State Park is nestled amongst West Virginia hills does not mean that the surrounding communities are bereft of modern amenities. Indeed, Beckley, the nearest town, has a population of over 17,000 and has several restaurants, shops, and important sites for visitors to see. A visit to Little Beaver State Park is easily augmented by the businesses in Beckly.

Restaurants

The Char

Though it may seem odd to visitors from outside the area to find a fine-dining restaurant in the high hills of West Virginia, a visit to The Char sets the record straight. At this restaurant, you find elegant seating and palate-pleasing plates delivered on fresh linen. Try their land and sea plate or the French cut pork chops for a memorable meal.

Type: American

Location: 100 Char Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Pasquale’s

For a pleasing Italian meal, drop by Pasquale’s. For over 55 years, this restaurant has provided the best Italian cuisine in the area. You cannot go wrong by ordering their spinach ravioli or eggplant parmesan.

Type: Italian

Location: 224 Harper Park Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse

For a mix of Japanese and American cuisine, visit the Fujiyama Japanese Steak House. Here you find American steak with a Japanese twist. Try the Samurai or Fujiyama deluxe meals to discover a palate-pleasing taste that will stick with you well into the future.

Type: American, Japanese

Location: 2003 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801

Shopping

Hickory Tree Antique Mall

Hickory Tree Antique Mall hosts 110 antique dealer booths. Worldwide products find their way to at least one of these international dealerships. Visit the mall to find those unique items from distant countries.

Location: 623 South Oakwood Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801

Elevation Sports

Vacationers often leave home forgetting an essential sports item. When this happens during your planned visit to Little Beaver State Park, stop by Elevation Sports for a complete collection of outdoor sporting goods. You find everything here, from fishing gear to kayaks to sporting apparel.

Location: 2978 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Sightseeing

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

The area surrounding Little Beaver State Park is coal country. To understand the importance of the coal industry in West Virginia, visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum. Tours into the depths of a coal mine are available for visitors. A museum holds tools used through the years and documentaries about production, cave-ins, and industry improvements.

Location: 513 Ewart Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801

Raleigh County Veterans Museum

Visit the Raleigh County Veterans Museum for information on local participants in military operations. Displays cover the participation of West Virginia soldiers from the American Revolution through the conflict in Afghanistan. The museum's purpose is to honor those West Virginians who fought, suffered, or died for the nation.

Location: 1557 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801

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How to Get to
Little Beaver State Park

The most direct route from Charleston, WV, to Little Beaver State Park includes a toll road. To begin your trip, find Interstate 77 South (I-77 S), a toll road, and drive for 69.1 miles toward the southeast. At Exit 40, take the left ramp to get onto Interstate 64 East (I-64 E). Drive for 9.3 miles to Exit 129A. Take the right ramp to get onto County Route 9 South toward Shady Spring. Stay on this road for 2.1 miles to the park entrance.

Entering Little Beaver State Park

Little Beaver State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Entry fee : $0

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