Beartown State Park is a 107-acre state park located on Droop Mountain. Droop Mountain is located in Pocahontas County, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia.
Beartown State Park was so named because local
residents said black bears hibernated in the cave-like clefts of the rock faces
and because the deep crevasses in the rock faces are in a criss-cross pattern
like town streets. Beartown State Park
is known for its unusual rock formations.
Its boulders, cliffs, and crevasses attract hiking enthusiasts. Ice and snow commonly remain in the deeper
crevasses well into summer.
The land on which Beartown State Park is situated was purchased
in 1970 with a grant from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin
G. Polan. Development of Beartown State
Park is minimal, but it does have a boardwalk with interpretive signs.
Beartown State Park is open daily from April to
October. During the closed winter season, visitors can park at the entrance gate
and walk to the boardwalk. There is no