Summer signals vacation season for most but for families who don’t have the time or income to visit the beach, there's another option: your local state park.
West Virginia is home to 36 different state parks. And state parks offer a more affordable and timely alternative for families attempting to plan a trip.
"There's such a variety of recreation at West Virginia state parks," Judy Wilson, a colonial reenactor at Prickett's Fort State Park, said. "Anything from whitewater rafting to historic presentations, as we do here, to picnicking. Simple things like that."
Stonewall Jackson State Park and Resort features a golf course, campgrounds, and a marina where visitors can rent a boat for four hours at a time. One visitor said the park is quintessential West Virginia.
"Its gorgeous, its so West Virginia," Sebrina Hall said of the marina. "This is about as far as you can go back. The atmosphere is great and the people are so nice."
For historical fanatics, Prickett’s Fort State Park offers a glimpse back to colonial times. Visitors can see reenactments of blacksmiths working in their shops and then go next door to watch Wilson spin cotton into clothing.
Cooper’s Rock in Monongalia County is nationally renowned for its view. It offers multiple trails for hiking enthusiasts and it even brought one couple up from Huntington just to take in the scenery .
"Absolutely breathtaking. Its just beautiful," Sid Mosser said. "Just being here, you can be still and just enjoy the moment. The view, the scenery, everything is just amazing. Everyone should come here."
While West Virginia is a landlocked state and doesn't feature any oceanfronts, the geography of the region offers various forms of outdoor recreation for residents to enjoy.