West Virginia’s Audra State Park is a scenic and beautiful park located on a fast moving mountain stream. The park is an excellent location for a family camping trip that offers a variety of activities to please differing interests. While located only a short drive from Interstate 79 the park gives the impression of a secluded mountain getaway.
The primary draw of the park is the Middle Fork River, a mountain stream that quickly flows through a boulder strewn canyon. The park offers a supervised swimming area in the river, but many people choose to swim and play in the river throughout the park. Parents should be aware that in places the river moves very quickly and children should be closely supervised to assure their safety. If you have any doubts please go to the supervised area where the current is more placid and lifeguards are present. Large boulders in the river and on its banks offer warm places for sunbathers to work on their tans and relax. Kayaking is also permitted in the river. The fast moving stream provides an exciting run through the area, however in times of low flow there would be many areas where the kayak would need carried over riffles.
Fishing in the park is wonderful (please be cautious of and considerate to swimmers and sunbathers). Many trails run through the park and can be utilized by anglers to get away from the more crowded areas of the park to find peaceful areas to fish. The river holds native trout that is supported by regular spring stocking from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The river also holds large numbers of smallmouth bass, with lesser amounts of other game fish. On a warm summer day I have seen trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass all pulled out of the same pool. The water is crystal clear making sight casting possible at most times. Ultralight spinning or spincast rigs and fly fishing are ideal for this river.
The campground at the park offers 65 sites for tents or RV’s each with a grill and picnic table. The campground also has two bathhouses, laundry facilities, and a playground. The campground is located by the river which provides a soothing sound to campers.
The hiking trails through the park offer different levels of development. Some meander closely to the river banks edge, over rough terrain, and have uncertain footing which can be difficult for younger or older hikers. Other trails are better developed for hikers of all levels.
There are many other points of interest near the park including Tygart Lake State Park, the covered bridge in Philippi, Pricketts Fort State Park, and the West Virginia Game Farm at French Creek. The town of Buckhannon is nearby offering retail shopping for supplies, dining, and antique and craft shops. The park is located south of Clarksburg, WV, near Interstate 79. Follow the signs from the interstate.
Audra State Park is a beautiful park offering mountain activities with-in a short drive of many locations.