New stargazing cabins at Coopers Rock set to open this fall

BRUCETON MILLS, WV — Gov. Jim Justice visited Coopers Rock State Forest recently to check on the progress of the new stargazing cabins. Set to open this fall, reservations for the cabins will begin on August 1.

The stargazing cabins are part of more than $200 million in improvements to the state parks system under the governor’s leadership.

“This is another exciting day for West Virginia with the addition of these incredible cabins,” Justice said. “Coopers Rock State Forest is a gem within our state park system, and as we continue to draw visitors from around the world, it’s important that we maintain and enhance its amazing condition and reputation. This stunning park is among our most frequently visited, and the projects we’re working on here will further put this forest on the map.”

The five new cabins, located along the main ridge between Raven Rock and the main overlook, will be joined by seven additional cabins in spring 2025. The A-frame cabins are designed to offer unique stargazing opportunities with fully equipped telescopes, taking advantage of the Darkest Skies on the East Coast.

“It’s amazing to see these improvements coming to fruition at Coopers Rock State Forest,” Division of Natural Resources Director Brett McMillion said. “Gov. Justice has brought the West Virginia State Parks system to much higher levels with his vision and guidance. I’m looking forward to all of the new and returning visitors who will come to stay in the newly constructed cabins and at the campground once they’re ready.”

There have been investments across the state’s 36 parks, nine forests, and three rail trails, including creating two new state parks, a new lodge at Cacapon Resort State Park, renovations at every lodge and cabin, hundreds of new or upgraded campsites, new recreational facilities, and much-needed infrastructure upgrades. These investments have led to increased visitation and revenue, which has been reinvested into West Virginia’s public lands.

“We continue to see folks interested in unique lodging, and I’m thrilled to see our state’s first stargazing cabins nearing completion,” said West Virginia Secretary of Tourism Chelsea Ruby. “The more than $200 million in improvements at our state parks system are paying dividends. A visit to any of our parks will show the incredible quality of our facilities and the popularity of our public lands. Our state parks system is a true gem, and we are forever grateful to the Governor for his continued commitment to ensuring our facilities the very best.”

At Coopers Rock, over $15 million has been invested in upgrades, including the new stargazing cabins, a modern 25-site RV campground, a new laundry and firewood facility, and major water and wastewater treatment improvements.

All contracts for the recent investments have been given to West Virginia firms and companies. Wolfes Excavating in Clarksburg is handling the construction of the first five cabins and the new campground. The additional seven cabins are being built by Zetti Contracting LLC in Morgantown. Engineering was completed by CEC with architectural work performed by ZMM.

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