Cacapon Resort State Park was created in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was established to help put people back to work during the Great Depression. The name "Cacapon" has Native American roots.
Dave Pruitt, a Park Superintendent, says, "The derivative of a Shawnee term called medicine waters, and that would be the Cacapon River that runs to the west side of the mountain over here. This whole general area, Bath, Berkeley Springs, supposedly mineral waters were great for your health."
The park stretches 6000 acres along the Cacapon Mountain. If you hike to the observation platform you can see Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Overnight accommodations are available in the lodge, which overlooks the Robert Trent Jones, Senior golf course. Plus they have cabins for rent.
Pruitt adds, "27 miles of hiking trails. We also have a very popular, it's called a wobble clay range, which is a shooting clay range. We are open year round, so we try to meet everybody's needs."
The park has 2 lakes. The one behind me is open for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day, plus they have fishing and boating. The park is currently celebrating its 75th year, so be sure to check out the Diamond Jubilee specials.
"It's just beautiful. Anything you really want to do is here for you to do. To get out with nature, to enjoy time with your family. We have family reunions and weddings and everything out here. It's just a beautiful, serene setting," concludes Pruitt.
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