LOGAN – Although the cozy log cabins built by Civilian Conservation Corps employees in a number of West Virginia state parks in the 1930s and early 1940s have their woodland charm and remain popular, they are far from of the latest version of the recently opened state park cabins. at Chief Logan State Park.
Each of Chef Logan’s three new guest cabins features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a huge great room with a fireplace and big screen TV, a large fully equipped kitchen, wraparound decks with Adirondack chairs and a fire ring.
Cabins are furnished with original artwork and photos of West Virginia landscapes by West Virginia artists and photographers, and stocked with West Virginia-made items like Homer Laughlin porcelain and Wild products Mountain Soap.
They are perched atop a former open pit mine stand on a hill above Chief Logan’s Lodge and Conference Center on part of a 350-acre parcel of land that was transferred to the park by the mine operator years ago as a mitigation for environmental violations.
“It’s a very good reclamation success,” said State Parks Chief Sam England. “We were able to take a mine stand like this and turn it into something that will bring people to the park and give them amazing views of the mountains and forests around them.”
Chief Logan’s large cabin footprint was chosen because the larger cabins in the state park system tend to be more popular with customers, according to England.
Family reunion groups are expected to be among the most frequent users of the new cabins, as well as groups of ATV riders using the Hatfield-McCoy trails, accessible by multiple departure points within a 30-minute drive.
Since the cabin rooms are each accessible through card-coded doors from the deck, they can be used as overflow accommodation if the park pavilion is full.
England said elk watchers could use the cabins and lodge soon, as Chief Logan is expected to organize moose viewing tours to the nearby Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, which is home to the state momentum reintroduction effort, starting this fall.
It cost around $ 2 million to complete the booths, which have been open to the public for several weeks but were officially dedicated in a ceremony on Monday. One of the units meets the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Rental rates range from $ 239 to $ 254 per night.
The cabins were built by District Veterans Contracting of Washington, DC