Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. The land was purchased in 1970 with funds from the Nature Conservancy and a donation from Mrs. Edwin G. Polan, in memory of her son, Ronald Keith Neal, who lost his life in the Vietnam War. Development of the park has been minimal in order to preserve the natural attractions of the area. However, basic facilities are provided, and a boardwalk permits easy access. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk guide visitors and provide insights concerning the ecology of the area. The park is open daily from April to October. During the closed winter season foot travel to the boardwalk area is welcome, with parking available at the closed entrance gate. No fee is charged to visit Beartown State Park.
I’m Mike Smith, Park Superintendent at Beartown State Park. I am also the superintendent at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. I hope we’ve had the opportunity to meet during your visits to either park.
Beartown and Droop Mountain are special places in West Virginia. West Virginians and our guests enjoy the quiet solitude found at both of these areas. There is a reverence about both places, and both parks require upkeep and maintenance in order to serve the public safely and to retain structural integrity of our facilities. I am pleased that we have completed restoration of approximately 350 feet of board walk. Thank you for your patience as we completed this work during the winter and into spring. The park is now open daily until dark.