Following the devastating recent storm that closed state parks across West Virginia, Audra State Park is fully operational and ready to serve the recreational needs of visitors from the local area and far away.
"Because of the power outage in the entire region, we had to close the campground for a week immediately following the storm on June 29. Now, everything is back up and running and we encourage people to come out and enjoy all that Audra has to offer," said Jon Teets, superintendent of Audra State Park, in a news release.
The Middle Fork River runs through Audra State Park, and it is a favorite local swimming destination for many. In fact, Audra was recently named the No. 1 swimming hole in the Mountain State by West Virginia Living magazine.
"That was a great honor," Teets said. "Many people come to Audra for activities in the river, like swimming, tubing and sunbathing. It's a wonderful natural resource that provides a lot of enjoyment. The large rocks and swimming holes are excellent for the hot summer days that we've been experiencing recently."
Teets said the 67-site campground features many sites along the river, and some that are in more wooded areas.
"The campground is designed to offer privacy," he said. "Nearly all the sites are surrounded by trees, including rhododendron, and are in close proximity to the bathhouses, modern playground and campground store."
Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition to the campground, Audra State Park has a pavilion that overlooks the Middle Fork River and is close to walking trails and a recently renovated playground. The pavilion has electric and water and, according to Teets, "is perfect for family reunions, birthday parties, or any social gathering."
More information about Audra State Park is available by calling 304-457-1162.