Watoga State Park 80th Anniversary Celebration

The swimming pool with bathhouse was the last major project completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Watoga State Park. This photo was taken in 1948. Photo courtesy of Preserving Pocahontas

Watoga State Park is one of Pocahontas County’s first travel destinations.

Watoga State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

It officially became a state park July 1, 1937, and a birthday party will be held Saturday, July 1, to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, to pay tribute to how the park began.

At 1 p.m., everyone is invited to meet at the Recreation Hall for cake and ice cream, and to visit with park employees – both past and present.

Be sure to sign the guest registry and become part of the park’s history.

Evening programs include a campfire/cooking demonstration at 7 p.m., followed by an evening tour on the lake at 9 p.m.

For more information about this event, to make cabin reservations, call 304-799-4087.

Saturday, June 3
National Trails Day

Enjoy a variety of 40+ miles of trails offered at Watoga State Park on National Trails Day. A guided hike will take place at the arboretum beginning at 10 a.m.  This guided hike will last most of the day, so be sure to bring food, water and wear closed-toed shoes.  We will conclude the evening with a campfire cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. at Riverside Campground.

Saturday, June 10
CCC Reunion and History

A day to pay tribute to the incredible work and legacy left by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a program that helped bring America out of the Great Depression during the 1930s and early part of 1940s.  Join us as we pay tribute to those who contributed to the making of Watoga State Park. 

There will be scheduled activities which will all pay tribute to the work that these young men did.  Come to the CCC museum by the park office at 1 p.m. where you can see actual demonstrations of the type of work done. 

There will also be a history hike at 3 p.m., a campfire cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. and an evening tour on the lake in a boat of your choice beginning at 9 p.m.

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