Hawks Nest and Cacapon state parks now have campsites with pre-built, canvas-walled deck-mounted tents with queen-size memory foam mattresses, end tables, propane heaters, and solar showers. They will also host guests at Lost River and Blackwater Falls starting June 14th.
“This new camping experience is one of many ways West Virginians and visitors to our state can enjoy the incredible state parks that we have right in our yard,” said Governor Jim Justice Thursday when announcing the new upscale state park campsites.
The new locations are offered through a public-private partnership between West Virginia State Parks and Tentrr, which offers more than 1,000 online reservations in 43 states through agreements with private landowners, conservation groups and state park systems from Maine to Utah.
Tentrr was founded in 2015 by Michael D’Agostino, a former managing director of the New York Stock Exchange.
“West Virginia is known for its outdoor adventures, and we’re making sleeping under the stars and enjoying the great outdoors better and more accessible for everyone,” said Todd King, vice president of marketing at Tentrr.
Tentrr’s stated mission is to provide ready-to-go camping with “less commotion, more fun”.
The new Tentrr campsites in West Virginia State Parks rent for $ 85 a night with a two-night minimum stay required on weekends. In addition to spacious, stable wall tents, there are smaller pop-up tents at many locations for additional guests who bring their own air mattresses or sleeping mats. Most of the websites are pet friendly.
The raised decks that support the wall tents are furnished with Adirondack-style chairs. In addition to the existing toilets in the state park, each location also includes a picnic table with benches, a grill, a fire ring and a portable camp toilet with a privacy tent.
Eight new Tentrr campsites are available at Hawks Nest State Park, where camping was previously unavailable. Seven locations overlooking Hawks Nest Lake are distributed along a .22 mile path between a lower parking lot near the park’s boat launch and Hawks Nest Dam. Eighth, a double room, features the park’s most secluded campground at a point overlooking Mill Creek, just above its confluence with the New River / Hawks Nest Lake, not far from the lower tram stop.
Eight Tentrr pitches are now also available at Cacapon Resort State Park, while 21 additional campsites will soon be available in the Lost River and Blackwater Falls state parks.
The upscale camping options arrived in West Virginia “at an ideal time to perfectly align with post-pandemic travel trends,” said Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby.
Photos and descriptions of the new campsites can be viewed at wvstateparks.com or tentrr.com/wvsp, their availability determined and reservations made.