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Camp Creek, Pipestem and other State Parks, WV

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This entry is purely for historical purposes. The

West Virginia Very Important Parks Person Program

usually has a picnic once a year for their VIPPs as a way of saying thanks for participating in the program and visiting West Virginia State Parks. The picnic for 2016 was held at

Camp Creek State Park.

So I signed up to go to this picnic. I booked a campsite for Friday and

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Saturday nights, August 26th and 27th, 2016. It was a looooong drive- 309 miles each way. The park is located between the I64/I77 junction and Princeton, WV. I arrived Friday afternoon, set up my tent, did some day hiking, ate dinner and then retired for the night.

The next morning I got up early and walked around before and during the start of the picnic festivities. They had people there making apple butter, live bluegrass music, other activities and, finally, a fantastic barbeque lunch with all the fixins. I got my VIPP card stamped here. And I also got some nice freebies.

Since I didn't sleep well the previous night I decided to drive home instead of spending a second night in the park. However, I wanted to stop at as many state parks as I could on the way home in order to get closer to my 15 required and 5 elective parks. So I set out and hit the following parks:

Pipestem Resort State Park

was only about 20 miles away so I hit that one first. I think that I stayed there back in the late 1970's. It looked different now. Then I drove to

Bluestone State Park, WV

Beautiful lake there. I wanted to hit some more parks. But it was

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time to get home. So I did.

This was a fun trip. I got to see more of the mountain state, met some nice people, got to tent camp and put a helluva lot of miles on my vehicle. Oh, and I got 3 more WV State parks stamped on my WV VIPP card!

Mike C

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