Take a break from the books to enjoy fun at Beech Fork

August 22, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

School may have resumed for many students, but Beech Fork State Park still is offering some weekend fun.

The park’s 50-meter swimming pool is still open weekends only through Labor Day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $5 for those 11 years and younger; $6 for those 12 and older. The pool is also available for rental after hours, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beech Fork, located at located at 5601 Long Branch Road, just 10 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville is also the state’s largest park campground, with RV and tent sites, and cabin rentals.

There’s also fishing, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddleboards for rent. The park naturalist also has lots of fun planned for the weekend. Here’s a look at the schedule of events for this weekend:

Friday, Aug. 24

5:30 p.m. Bocce Ball - Meet the naturalist behind the camp store to play a fun game of bocce ball.

7 p.m. Selfie Scavenger Hunt - Meet the naturalist in the camp store to pick up a list and take silly pictures.

Saturday, Aug. 25

11:30 a.m. Canoe and Kayak Water Trail Paddle - Meet at the boat launch area to join us on a paddle of the water trail. The trail is 3 miles, life jackets are required by law, and you may bring your own boat. Register at the office. The park has a limited supply of kayaks and canoes available for rent. Sign up in the office, or call for more details.

4 p.m. Fishing Contest - Kids 14 and under can bring their fishing poles to the dock behind the boat rentals to try and win ice cream.

6 p.m. Game Craft - Meet the naturalist in the activities room to make an awesome ancient board game with pieces you can take home.

8 p.m. Ice Cream Bingo - Meet the naturalist in the activities room for some rounds of bingo, and win ice cream.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Noon Self-guided Nature Walk - Find the naturalist in the camp store and pick up a pamphlet to take on the nature trail and learn.

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