New West Virginia State Park Bulletins
How were the famous Blackwater Falls formed?
How did Canaan Valley get to be so wide?
West Virginia’s state parks and forests are famous for their natural beauty,
and that includes the makeup of the land on which they are located. The geologic setting of West Virginia’s state parks also can teach a lot about the natural history of our
state and region. A new series of publications focusing on the geology of state parks reveals the landforms, geologic history, and rocks of these scenic areas in words
and photographs, and it’s done in an easy-to-understand format.
“We also are preparing maps and text for a third booklet in this series that will feature Watoga, Droop Mountain Battlefield, and Beartown State Parks in Pocahontas County,”
said Ken Ashton, geologist for the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. “This bulletin is still in the process of development and it is expected to be available in the near future.”
These booklets are produced by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey in cooperation with West Virginia State Parks. Each is available for $5.95 and can be ordered
from the Publications Sales office of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1 Mont Chateau Road, Morgantown, WV 26508-8079; phone (304) 594-2331.
Mail orders should include 6 percent sales tax if mailed to a West Virginia address and $5.60 shipping and handling (as of 1/28/2013) for each order.
The booklets also are available at many state parks and forests that have gift shops, including Cacapon Resort, Lost River, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley Resort.
Visit online West Virginia State Parks at www.wvstateparks.com for details.
Download the order form (PDF, 341 KB) today!
* Physiographic provinces are geographic regions of similar strata and structural expression that have
resulted in their landforms.
“The Geology of Cacapon Resort and Lost River State Parks” (State Park Bulletin SP-7) is a highly-illustrated geological tour through these two eastern panhandle state parks in
the Valley and Ridge physiographic province.* Cacapon Resort State Park is in Morgan County, and Lost River State Park is in Hardy County. The 36-page booklet describes the rocks
and geologic history that visitors will encounter in each park, and explains each park’s topography and prominent geological features. In addition to text written for the non-specialist,
the booklet is filled with explanatory illustrations and beautiful photographs. Fold-out colored geologic maps identify the rock units visible in each park area.
“The Geology of Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Parks” (State Park Bulletin SP-6A) follows a similar format for these two eastern West Virginia state parks
in Tucker County, in the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Appalachian Plateau physiographic province. The highly-illustrated 32-page booklet describes the geology, rocks, and
landforms in these parks, including the geology responsible for the formation of the falls of the Blackwater River and the broad valley at Canaan. Fold-out colored geologic maps
identify the rock units visible in each of these parks areas.
For further information on these regions of the state, visit the
Physiographic Provinces page and also the physiographic provinces section on
the GeoEducational Resources page.
Also, go to our Geologic Maps page for information on our geologic maps.
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