SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Christmas holiday lights are now aglow at three West Virginia state parks. Hawks Nest, Cass Scenic Railroad and Chief Logan state parks offer ‘”lights aglow” starting at dusk every night into the new year.
State Parks Chief Sam England believes the displays rival many of the light shows in West Virginia. “Families and friends who drive to and through Christmas and holiday lightings at our state parks are sure to have plenty of great stops. We’re pleased that Hawks Nest, Cass, Chief Logan and other state parks with decorations provide great places to visit in December for holiday memories.”
Hawks Nest State Park – Ansted
“Lights Along the Midland Trail” began Dec. 1 and be lit through Jan. 3, 2016. There are 108 different displays visitors may see as they drive through the park. “It’s an amazing display of different lights set throughout the lodge area,” said John Bracken, park superintendent. Hawks Nest Lodge overlooks the New River Gorge and is open year-round. Room rentals include an express breakfast and the dining room is open daily. 304-658-5212 www.hawksnestsp.com
Cass Scenic Railroad – Cass
Main Street of Cass is decorated for the first time in the state park’s history now through Dec. 31, 2015. The community and park staff have decorated the street and a town Christmas tree for the holidays. “The two-story company houses each have a Christmas tree and picket fences in front of each house have lights draped along them,” said Scott Fortney, park superintendent. “We’ve been overwhelmed with calls and visitors to see Main Street and enjoy the ambience the lighting has created.” Cass Scenic Railroad State Park company house are rented as vacation units and are open year-round. Special events in winter months are generally conducted at the Cass Community Center. The train runs from mid-May through October. 304-456-4300 www.cassrailroad.com
Chief Logan State Park – Logan
The Christmas in the Park light display can be seen from dark to 10 p.m. each night through Dec. 31, 2015. The display features more than 1 million lights in more than 402 displays and 25 scenes. Donations are accepted at Chief Logan to maintain Christmas in the Park event. Individuals traveling to Chief Logan State Park to view the lights should consider staying overnight at Chief Logan Lodge, which is about a 10 minute drive from the state park. This light show is extremely popular, particularly on the weekends. 304-792-7125 www.chiefloganstatepark.com
To learn more about West Virginia State Parks holiday events, visit www.wvstateparks.com to find New Year’s Eve, First Day Hikes and more in 2016 to enjoy.