We recently returned from a Fun week in West Virginia staying in cabin #19 in Watoga State Park. I thought I’d write a quick review as I’m sure others are looking for this information. I know when I wanted to know more about this cabin it wasn’t available.
It’s a rustic looking 2 story cabin with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, pet friendly, handicap accessible, full kitchen including a coffee maker, microwave, toaster and all the utensils for cooking and eating you’ll need. Don’t bring any extra pots and pans or dishes because it’s all there. They even had a pizza pan and cutter.
We did bring a slow cooker which was the best thing. It was so nice to come back from a long day of skiing or hiking and have a hot meal ready for us. I highly recommend doing this if you plan on spending long days away from the cabin and don’t want to mess with cooking when you get back.
Let me just say we are not used to staying in a cabin with electricity, running water and a bathroom. Most of our winter vacations have been winter camping or staying in a cabin with just electricity and no running water or if we had running water it was hard to use hand pump and always an outhouse which meant freezing your buns off to take a dump. This was truly a treat for us.
Two of the bedrooms have full size beds and the other two have single beds. Also 3 cots available if you need more beds. It definitely sleeps 8 people comfortably, any more than that unless they are children it would start to feel crowded. Linens and pillows provided.
Big stone fireplace which is one of the nicest fireplaces in a cabin we’ve seen with plenty of wood provided. We barely put a dent in the wood pile despite having a roaring fire every night. Don’t worry about running out of wood, you won’t and they came every day to check anyways so if you did they would replace it without you having to call down to the office.
Cabin # 19 is the last cabin on this road, secluded away from the other cabins which we really liked because we felt like we had our own little piece of nature to ourselves.
You can hike from this cabin up the road to a lookout tower. Starting in the spring and ending late fall (mostly likely the first snowfall) you can drive this road up to a parking and picnic area but because we were there in the winter the road was gated. It’s a 7 1/2 mile hike to the Ann Bailey lookout tower from the cabin. Lots of up, up, up than down, down, down with nice views once you get to the lookout tower, nothing spectacular but nice hike, good exercise and we had chili waiting for us back at the cabin. YUM!
Lots to do within the park, some trails become cross country ski trails in the winter which we tried to ski the road over at the Beaver Creek Campground but they plowed the road before we could get there to cross country ski. We were disappointed, not sure why you would plow a gated road especially when they suggest it on their website as a cross country ski trail. 🙁
We had better luck over at the Cranberry Wilderness area where we did four wheeling on the Highland Scenic Highway Rt 150 ( they don’t plow this road in the winter so travel at your own risk, must have four wheel drive ) We cross country skied the Cranberry Glades trail getting our 2 Huskies out skijoring.
We highly recommend staying at Watoga State Park cabin # 19 or any of their other cabins, we certainly will be back. They only bad thing I would say is no hooks to hang your coats and few hangers in the bedrooms so bring your own hangers but other than that I don’t have anything bad to say. It was easy to book, very clean, all the essentials for cooking, lots of hot water for your shower and we were toasty warm every night. Our refrigerator did stop working the last night we were there but that wasn’t a problem, we were leaving the next morning. Hopefully it was an easy fix for them.
One last thing, if you’re looking for wi fi it’s not available but if you have ATT as your cell phone carrier you can get limited cell service in the park. None of us have ATT so we didn’t get cell service until we got to the top of the mountain at the Ann Bailey lookout tower and even that was spotty. But a short drive away to nearby towns of Marlinton or Hillsboro will get you cell service and there are pay phones within the park if you must make a phone call.
Leave a comment below if you have any questions about cabin # 19 or any other questions about Watoga State Park. We’ve camped there in both campgrounds in the spring and fall. Be happy to answer your questions.
Now for your enjoyment – Four wheeling on the Highland scenic Highway in West Virginia.
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