Justice announces $3.5 million in state park upgrades

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WDTV) - Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday afternoon that $3.5 million is going to be used to improve campgrounds in West Virginia's state parks.

Justice made the announcement from Audra State Park, where he also announced a new online reservation option for state park campgrounds, picnic areas and picnic shelters.

“Camping is one of the most popular activities at state parks and forests, so making all campsites reservable on the parks website simplifies the reservation process for our guests,” said Sam England, chief of the West Virginia state parks system. “The new, paperless process makes it easier for guests to plan a family trip filled with good times and fond memories.”

Campground upgrades will be made at Audra, Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cabwaylingo, Camp Creek, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan, Coopers Rock, Holly River, Kanawha, Moncove Lake, Twin Falls, Tygart, and Watoga state parks. The work will include electrical improvements and renovated bathhouses.

Reservations for campsites and picnic shelters can be made up to a year in advance.

For more information, you can visit wvstateparks.com.