Watoga State Park

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Watoga State Park
West Virginia State Park
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Watoga Lake
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Pocahontas
Elevation2,894 ft (882.1 m)
Coordinates 38°06′13″N80°08′59″W / 38.10361°N 80.14972°W / 38.10361; -80.14972 Coordinates: 38°06′13″N80°08′59″W / 38.10361°N 80.14972°W / 38.10361; -80.14972
Area10,100 acres (4,087.3 ha) [1]
EstablishedMay 1934 [2]
 - Watoga State Forest January 1925 [2]
 - OpenedJuly 1, 1937 [2]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
IUCN category V [3]
Nearest city Marlinton, West Virginia
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Location of Watoga State Park in West Virginia
Website: wvstateparks.com/park/watoga-state-park/
New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District
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LocationHC 82 (9 miles southwest of WV 39), near Marlinton, West Virginia
Area10,269 acres (4,156 ha)
NRHP reference # 10001227 [4]
Added to NRHPFebruary 4, 2011

Watoga State Park is the largest of West Virginia's state parks, covering slightly over 10,100 acres (41 km2). [1] It is located near Seebert in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Seebert, West Virginia Unincorporated community in West Virginia, United States

Seebert is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States. Seebert is located on the Greenbrier River 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Hillsboro.

Pocahontas County, West Virginia County in the United States

Pocahontas County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,719. Its county seat is Marlinton. The county was established in 1821. It is named after the daughter of the Powhatan Native American chief from Jamestown, Virginia. She married an English settler and their mixed-race children became ancestors of many of the First Families of Virginia.

West Virginia State of the United States of America

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region in the Southern United States that is also considered to be a part of the Middle Atlantic States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.



The land that forms the nucleus of Watoga was originally acquired in January 1925, when the park was initially planned to be a state forest. In May 1934, a decision was made to instead develop the site as a state park. Much of the development on the site was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the park was first opened on July 1, 1937. [2]

Civilian Conservation Corps public work relief program

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men. Originally for young men ages 18–25, it was eventually expanded to ages 17–28. Robert Fechner was the first director of the agency, succeeded by James McEntee following Fechner's death. The CCC was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000. Through the course of its nine years in operation, 3 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a wage of $30 per month.

New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District

The New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District is a national historic district encompassing 59 contributing buildings, 35 contributing structures, 2 contributing sites, and 11 contributing objects. They include water fountains; trails; a swimming pool; a reservoir; rental cabins; and picnic shelters; as well as a former CCC camp. The park is the site of the Fred E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum, a 400-acre arboretum that encompasses the drainage of Two Mile Run. Named in honor of Fred E. Brooks, a noted West Virginia naturalist who died in 1933, the Arboretum's construction began about 1935 and a dedication was held in 1938. [5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. [4]

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.


Brooks Memorial Arboretum is an arboretum located in the 10100 acre Watoga State Park, Hillsboro, West Virginia.

Greenbrier River Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail (GRT), is a linear state park comprising a 77.1-mile (124.1 km) rail trail between North Caldwell and Cass in eastern West Virginia.

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  2. 1 2 3 4 Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN   0-933126-91-3.
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  4. 1 2 "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 2/14/11 through 2/18/11. National Park Service. 2011-02-25.
  5. Lena L. Sweeten (July 2010). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: New Deal Resources in Watoga State Park Historic District" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-09-01.