SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eight West Virginia state parks are offering guided hikes on Saturday, which is National Trails Day.
Sissie Summers, of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said guided hikes have the benefit of a knowledgeable naturalist or leader contributing to the hiking experience. She said many hikers prefer setting their own pace and trail selection, but they're encouraged to participate too.
Participating hikers can keep a mileage log, available online at www.wvstateparks.com under "special notices," or at state park offices or visitor centers. Hikers can mail their completed logs to the central state park office to receive a participation certificate and trails patch.
Guided hikes are set for Stonewall Resort, Tygart Lake, Cacapon Resort, North Bend, Pipestem, Twin Falls, Watoga and Watters Smith state parks.