CHESTNUT RIDGE PARK Camping in the Mountains of West Virginia

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer camping season – and we began ours with a fun and fantastic trip to the mountains of West Virginia.



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The Chestnut Ridge Park + Campground is nestled deeply in a cozy spot of the mountain forests near Morgantown, WV. As you pull into the entrance to the park, signage indicates there are areas nearby utilized by West Virginia University (WVU) as their research forest and study site (which is totally exciting for an environmental science nerd like me).

 

The park campground offers about 65 generously spacious tent and camper sites that rest on the slope of a mountainside. The campground is centered around a big open pond that’s perfect for swimming, fishing, and exploring with a playground directly next to the pond. Needless to say, the bunnies spent most of their time cruising around the family-friendly grounds making many new friends playing in the pond, adventuring through the woods, and climbing the playground.

 

 

On Saturday evenings in the summer, the campground hosts live music shows in the great outdoors. We were lucky enough to be present for the first show of the season which kicked off with a lively performance by The Hillbilly Gypsies. The bunnies were dancing on the lawn with dozens of other little ones in the most outrageously free and fun way that I have ever witnessed – so adorable!

The staff at Chestnut Ridge Campground are remarkably friendly and helpful. They go above and beyond the call of duty to help their guests feel welcome and to make their stay memorable. We had an incredible experience with everyone there.

But, the real crown jewel of this special spot on the map is none other than the spectacular shower house located on-site. The shower house – which X and I affectionately refer to as the “camp spa” – is a newly built facility (about two years old) that literally puts every other campground bathroom facility that I have EVER visited to shame! [It’s seriously way nicer than my bathroom at home.] The shower house has always been well kept and cleaned each time we have visited the campground.

 


There is no shortage of things to do outside of the campground if you really feel the need to get out of the woods (or possibly out of the rain). Nearby Morgantown offers a number of fun places and activities like the Children’s Discovery Museum, a variety of art venues, cool shops around the WVU campus, and more outdoor trails and activities than you can shake a West Virginia stick at.

During this particular visit, we spent some time hiking around and climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest. There are plenty of trails to hike/run and large boulders to climb and explore.

 


And, while yes, we spent the Memorial Day weekend traveling and enjoying ourselves, we remained solemn in the sober knowing of the true meaning of the occasion – the fallen heroes who gave their lives so we could experience the freedom to enjoy our own lives in the many ways that we are priveledged to do so today.

The greater Morgantown area offers nearly a dozen different Civil War landmarks that can be visited along with multiple historical museums + sites, including The Greatest Generation World War II Museum.


All in all, the Chestnut Ridge Park + Campground is a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area and want a great place to stay overnight or to visit for an extended stay. It’s a beautiful location just outside of the metropolitan area of Morgantown in the mountains of West Virginia.

Maybe I’ll see you there sometime!



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