Tucked just two miles off of I-77 in West Virginia along a rambling road, lies Camp Creek State Park. This mountain retreat surrounded by gurgling creeks boasts just 26 campsites, but offers campers a taste of West Virginian mountain glory. Whether a stop-over point or a camping vacation destination, Camp Creek is a hidden treasure to add to your RV itinerary.
Camp Creek is open year round, but the bathrooms and the camp office are closed from Dec. 1-March 31 for the winter season. Any of the 26 asphalted, pet-friendly campsites would be a great choice, although during the winter season, the nine full hook-up sites are in particular demand—especially since they only cost about $38 per night. During both visits the campground was a quiet retreat.
Reservations are required for this campground, so if you are planning to make an impromptu visit, make sure you call the office, call center, or reserve a site online. Additionally, the park locks the entrance gate from 10 p.m.-6 a.m., so if you are arriving very late, make sure you call the park ahead of time. All campers receive a gate combination that they can use to enter and exit the park as needed.
We have camped here twice—once in early March and another time during the summer. Both times we stayed in full hook-up site 26, which faced a large open area that is bordered by a creek. The gentle thundering of the water offered a peaceful backdrop for picnic dinners and campfires. The wide-open yard offered lots of space for the kids to play yard games in between exploring the creek. Site 26 is a full sun site, so in cold March it was perfect, but it was a bit toasty during the summer. Thankfully there are a few trees in the yard area of the campsite, which offered us some shade during the hotter parts of the day.
Full hook-up site 24 or site 5 offered the most shade of the full hook-up sites. There are three pull-through sites: Site 12 is electric only, but your camper door opens to a creek view. Site 14’s campsite pad is sloped in the shady portion but level in the sunny portion. Site 18 is shaded. Both 14 and 18 offer water and electric, but no sewer.
Since our first visit fell during the winter season we were unable to see the bathrooms, but during our summer visit the bathrooms and laundry facilities were open. They are a little rougher than some state parks we have stayed at:
We were surprised to discover that this little campground offers free Wi-Fi. There were only a few other rigs in the campground at the time of our March visit, but the internet connection was strong and reliable. During our summer visit, the internet was very spotty, which was likely due to the campground running at full occupancy. There are three Wi-Fi connections for the campground and you can select the one closest to your campsite for the strongest signal. We found that cell reception is pretty limited on Verizon, and sending text messages was even limited.
A large playground complex is located in the main park area but can be reached on foot or by car. Additionally, there are two waterfall areas that you can hike to. The first, Mash Fork Falls, is located about a half mile from the entrance of the campground. It is a small waterfall with a little swimming hole.
The second waterfall, Campbell Falls, is a little further from the campground, but can be reached either by walking or driving through the park. It is a much bigger waterfall with a larger swimming hole area. During our summer visit, it was the perfect place to cool off during the heat of the day.
If you are ever looking for a stop-over campsite in West Virginia or a Weekend Warrior vacation, keep Camp Creek State Park at the top of your list. It won’t disappoint, and like us, you’ll be plotting your return before you’ve even left.