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Chief Logan State Park


Chief Logan State Park has served southern West Virginia since 1960. In that year, the land that was to become the park was purchased by the Logan County Civic Association for $90,000 and deeded to the State Conservation Commission (predecessor to the Division of Natural Resources) for $40,000. Originally designated as a recreation area, it gained state park status in 1968. The park, about four miles north of the town of Logan, consists of 4,000 acres in the Little Buffalo Creek watershed.

Using labor from the State Temporary Employment Program, early park improvements included creek channelization, development of hiking trails, and the establishment of picnic areas. A Kanawha 2700 Class locomotive was donated to the park by the C&O Railroad in September 1961, in remembrance of the days of giant steam engines. It remains on display today. The swimming pool was opened in 1964 with subsequent improvements. By 1976, picnic shelters, restrooms, a large restaurant, and an amphitheater were added. The amphitheater is the site of the yearly ‘‘Aracoma Story’’ production, a drama of the legend of the Indian Princess Aracoma, the daughter of Chief Cornstalk.

The 1996 legislature added $5 million to Chief Logan State Park for improvements to the park. Since 2003, the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History has maintained a history museum at Chief Logan. The park also includes a wildlife center that is home to animals native to the state, including bobcats and black bears.

Written by Robert Beanblossom