SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Six West Virginia State Parks areas have Easter activities planned, with many including an Easter egg hunt for children on Saturday, April 3. An egg hunt at North Bend State Park is Sunday, April 4. Most activities are free or have a minimal fee to cover some costs.
All state lodge restaurants will feature Easter Sunday buffets. State parks with year-round restaurants are: Blackwater Falls, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall Resort, and Twin Falls Resort state parks. Times, buffet entrees and prices will vary. Overnight stays at lodges or weekend cabin rentals, in addition to parks listed, include Watoga, Lost River, Bluestone, and Beech Fork state parks.
Easter weekend activities at state parks include:
Cacapon Resort - 304-258-1022
Easter weekend activities at Cacapon Resort begin Friday evening, April 2, and conclude Sunday, April 4, with an Easter Sunrise service. Other activities include egg coloring, Easter egg hunt, crafts, and hikes. The activities are free and families, particularly children, are welcome. Cacapon Resort is located at Berkley Springs inMorgan County. For activity times or details, contact Kelly Smith at 304-258-1022; for buffet reservations ask for the Dining Room.
Tomlinson Run - 304-564-6148
A traditional Easter egg hunt is planned for children to age 12. There will be prizes and candy. There is a small fee charge to offset costs. Tomlinson Run is located in New Manchester, in Hancock County, the most northern county in the Mountain State. For time and activity location, contact the park office at 304-564-6148
Twin Falls Resort - 304-294-4000
More than a thousand eggs are hidden at this Saturday egg hunt for children up to age 12. There is charge of $1 per child. The hunt begins at 1 p.m. and prizes are part of the fun. Twin Falls Resort is located between Mullens and Pineville in Wyoming county. For registration and event location, contact Joe Swiney at 304-294-4000.
Blackwater Falls - 304-259-5216
An old-fashioned egg hunt is organized for children 12 and younger on Saturday. The hunt is at the Harold S. Walters Nature Center and there is no fee to participate. Blackwater Falls is located in Davis in Tucker County. For activity starting time and registration, contact Paulita Cousin at 304-259-5216
Canaan Valley Resort - 304-866-4121
Easter weekend includes several family activities, but egg coloring and hunting are scheduled for Saturday and conducted at Canaan Valley lodge area. CanaanValley and Blackwater Falls state parks are located near Davis in Tucker County. For weekend package and activity information, contact Canaan Valley Lodge, 304-866-4121.
Pipestem Resort - 304-466-1800
Saturday, April 3, activities include egg coloring and an egg hunt at the nature center area. Guessing games at the lodge and Saturday evening family activities are planned. A sunrise service at the park administration building area is planned for 7 a.m. with Pastor Jim Martin officiating. Other activities scheduled for families to enjoy including nature center and spring nature hikes to explore the outdoors. For activity information contact, Shirley Martin at 304-466-1800 or visit www.pipestemresort.com
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North Bend - 304-649-2931
The Easter Bunny is a guest on Sunday, April 4, at North Bend Lodge. The egg hunt is for children and there is no charge to participate. A "Hop Into Easter" overnight package at North Bend includes staying at the lodge overnight on Saturday or Sunday and Easter buffet for $99 per couple, double occupancy. The rate includes room and Easter buffet for two, taxes and gratuities. The buffet includes ham, roast turkey and carving station, many sides and Chef Ingle's dessert. Reservations are recommended for Sunday buffet. North Bend State Park is located near Cairo and Harrisville in Ritchie County. For information, contact North Bend Lodge, 304-643-2931.
Families or groups planning to enjoy Easter buffet at a state park restaurant may call 800 CALL WVA and ask for the park by name. The Tourism call center will transfer your call to the park lodge and then to the restaurant for dining reservations, if desired. Reservations are encouraged for Easter Sunday buffet. All phone numbers for West Virginia State Parks may be found at www.wvstateparks.com
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West Virginia State Parks organizes a variety of activities and events throughout the year and are open to the public. General information is posted online at www.wvstateparks.com
, "Event Calendar." For details regarding arrival, location and starting times for egg hunts, contact the park directly.