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Beech Fork State Park plans busy week of activities

July 11, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Beech Fork State Park, located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville at 5601 Long Branch Road, offers an assortment of activities over this summer on its 3,144 acres.

In addition to fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more, the park has cabins for rent and is one of the state park system’s largest campgrounds. Beech Fork’s 50-meter swimming pool and bathhouse facility are also open for the summer.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; and closed Mondays, with the exception of holidays.

The cost is $5 for those 11 years and younger and $6 for those 12

and older. The pool also is available party or large group rental during after hours from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

During the summer, naturalist Brian Tabor has scheduled a wide range of activities. Here’s a look at the events planned for this week:

Wednesday and Thursday, July 11-12

Noon to 7 p.m. — Horseshoes: Bring a friend to the boat dock and pick up a set of horseshoes to play.

Friday, July 13

5:30 p.m. — Nature Painting: Come to the activities room to paint nature, with nature’s paintbrushes.

8:30 p.m. — Friday the 13th Ghost Stories: Meet the naturalist at the old cabin across from the boat launch area for some scary fun. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or sit in the grass and try not to get scared. In the event of rain, they will relocate to the activities room.

Saturday, July 14

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.

7 p.m. — History Alive! presents: Stonewall Jackson: Come to the activities room to meet a re-enactor portraying Stonewall Jackson, a renowned military figure from the Civil War. Stonewall Jackson will be portrayed by Doug Riley.

8:30 p.m. — Lightning Bug Hike: Meet the naturalist behind the camp store for a walk on the nature trail to learn about lightning bugs. When the trail ends, hikers are treated to an open field lightning bug show.

Sunday, July 15

9:30 a.m. — Nature Walk: Get in one last adventure before you leave. Meet the naturalist behind the camp store for a gentle morning walk to look at the wildlife of Beech Fork.

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