Recreate at Wolf Creek Park

Fayette County embodies the state’s motto, “Wild and Wonderful,” with the wide variety of outdoor activities available. At Wolf Creek Park, you can experience the only bird sanctuary in the region. Wolf Creek runs right through the park providing a variety of wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.

Fayette County is the home of the New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area. Both canyons offer world class rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing. These resources offer a lifetime of education, activities and adventure right in our back door.

To find regional recreation opportunities, including outfitters that will create an experience you won’t soon forget, visit:

 

Wolf Creek Park has one particular recreational opportunity found no where else in the region…

New River Birding & Nature Center

With a gorgeous view in any season, this gem of a spot drips with migrating birds and overflows with plant and wild life. Since 2008, the Birding & Nature Center serves as an environmental education hub for residents, businesses, and visitors from across and beyond West Virginia. Wolf Creek Park residents and business employees benefit daily from daily visits.

 

Currently the Birding & Nature Center is an outdoor classroom featuring Woodland Trails and a handicapped-accessible Wetlands Boardwalk (approx 700’). The Boardwalk meanders into a unique 15-acre beaver-maintained wetland bordering Wolf Creek, allowing access to a habitat seldom experienced in WV and providing a place for first-hand exposure to the importance of wetlands and watersheds. The environmental education programs provided here serve school groups, field trips, organizations, families, and individuals through guided walks and in-depth hands-on learning about watersheds, wetland ecology, neotropical migrant and resident birds, natural history, botany and wildlife.

 

Each year the Center puts on the New River Birding & Nature Festival with a portion of it held at Wolf Creek Park. A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival.

* Info taken from the Birding & Nature Center’s Facebook Page and the New River Birding & Nature Festiva’s website. 

Trail System

The Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority has committed to build a 16 mile stacked loop trail system in the park. This trail system will give users riding and hiking opportunities on exciting terrain making this a sought after destination. This project is still in the planning stages and only a portion of the trails have been roughed in by a huge community volunteer work force.

We urge the public to get involved and volunteer during the volunteer trail days, you can get information and dates for these events on the New River Gorge Trail Alliance (NRGTA) facebook page @NRGTA.

Proposed Trail Map:

Please note that these trails are under construction. You are allowed to use the trails but be aware that they are not regularly maintained at this time.