To return to Mountain Creek Lodge, turn right (upstream) and follow the River Trail.Beginning along the park road between the Recreation Center and the Nature Center, this trail follows an old roadbed through mostly open habitat to its junction with the Lake Shore Trail near Long Branch Lake.Another half mile of steep, rocky switchbacks takes you through a pine thicket to the patrol cabin.Above the cabin, the trail turns sharply to the right and passes two cemeteries before descending one mile to the Bluestone River.The gourmet Mountain Creek Restaurant serves dinner by reservation.There’s plenty of space for your next conference or special event, plus plenty of activity to keep guests entertained while they’re here.Beginning near the employee parking area at Canyon Rim Center, this steep trail descends 500 feet to Heritage Point, a massive sandstone outcropping.
For more information about winter camping, contact the park at 304-466-1800.
Get an early start on winter wildlife watching by staying overnight at a state park or forest cabin.
Save 40 percent off standard rental rates in January when you stay any night Sunday-Thursday at Beech Fork, Bluestone, Cacapon, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Twin Falls and Watoga state parks, and Cabwaylingo State Forest.
The seasonal Mountain Creek Lodge is open May through October and is accessible only by the park’s popular aerial tramway.
The lodge’s 30 rooms offer cable TV, Wi-Fi, microwaves, refrigerators, telephones and a relaxing view of the Bluestone River.