Gas Prices, Wet Weather Mean WV Parks Have Holiday Weekend Spots

High gas prices and rainy weather mean bad news for West Virginia state parks and good news for last-minute planners.

The Division of Natural Resources says several parks have an unusual number of Memorial Day weekend vacancies.

Parks chief Ken Caplinger says Pipestem Resort is among those reporting cancellations of both rooms and camp sites. That's unusual for the holiday weekend.

Caplinger says as many as half the campsites can be reserved at some parks and forests. Others, such as Audra and Moncove Lake, are first-come, first-served.

But Caplinger says a survey shows mixed results: Cedar Creek State Park is reporting an increase in camping reservations for this summer while Beech Fork struggled with high water levels that cut into its early camping season.

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