By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief
Days are becoming shorter and the leaves are just beginning to don their vivid autumn colors. Twin Falls Resort State Park near Saulsville is one of the best locations to watch the seasons transform.
“With students returning to school, September finds weekends busy with sports and parks generally a little more relaxed for camping, a round of golf or a stay in a cabin,” according to a spokesperson.
“Fall foliage begins to turn in mid-September in higher elevations, and temperatures, particularly in evenings, are crisp and perfect for campfires or walks,” according to the park spokesperson.
Parks statewide are encouraging visitation and overnight consideration in September.
At Twin Falls, visitors may get 20 percent off for two or more consecutive nights cabin rental Sunday through Thursday until Sept. 30.
There are 14 cabins in the park and all have been renovated to include modern conveniences.
The cabins feature privacy, stone fireplaces with wood available just off the porch, hardwood floors, in facilities that range from two to four bedrooms.
Also camping rates for two or more consecutive nights are 50 percent off through Sept. 30.
Visitors who want to take advantage of the September offer should ask for the “September Camping 50 Percent Rate Reduction.”
Twin Falls Resort State Park has 50 camp sites that are open year-round. Some sites are used on a first-come, first-served basis, while some sites are by reservation through the annual Lumberjack Festival, scheduled Oct. 11-13.
Campers may check-in at the mountain-top lodge or there is an honor-system box at the campground.
One site features a deck for recreational vehicles and has become the most popular in the campground, according to officials.
All the sites are paved and have picnic tables and grills.
There are two bathhouses with hot showers and laundry facilities.
Twin Falls also features an 18-hole, Par 71 championship golf course that is open year round, unless the course is snow-covered.
The 47-room mountain-top lodge features guest suites, expanded gift shop, a nature center with regularly planned programs, conference rooms with audio-visual equipment and conference assistance from the staff, banquet rooms, and a full-service restaurant overlooking the golf course, along with an indoor swimming pool and small spa, exercise room.
The park’s nature program is designed to create awareness of the environment in an enjoyable learning setting for park guests as well as area residents.
Additionally, the park boasts 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, with about 10 of those miles completed in the last few years.
Trails range from the easy quarter-mile Twin Oaks, which is paved, to the very rugged Path Finder, a 5-mile trail that is steep and adventurous.
Other trails fall somewhere in between the two. A trail map is available at the front desk of the lodge.
The Falls Trail winds its way to the two falls — Marsh Fork and Black Fork — for which the park is named. Water flows freely from both locations in the winter and spring.
Officials advise caution when the trails are snow-covered.
One of the most photographed scenes in West Virginia is the 1930s-era pioneer farm. The farm, located on Bower’s Ridge, is a working farm, complete with livestock and gardens, surrounded by the picturesque split-rail and picket fences.
Playground equipment has also been replaced throughout the park.
For more information about the cabins, campground, activities and additional facilities at Twin Falls Resort State Park, phone 304-294-4000 or on the web at www.twinfallsresort.com.