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Strange Sandstone Of West Virginia

Beartown State Park never really changes, and that is actually intentional. Its 107 acres have been minimally developed since its establishment more than 40 years ago, created, in part, to memorialize a fallen soldier in the Vietnam War.

This landscape includes strange rock formations, made up of Pottsville sandstone, which were deposited thousands of years ago at the shore of an ancient sea. Thanks to erosion, pathways now weave among the ‘town of rocks.’

The park is open daily from April to October, but visitors can park at the closed entrance and enter the park on foot the rest of the year. Its boardwalk, trails, cliffs and canyons are very remote. In some places, the snow does not melt until June.

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