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Beartown State Park

Named for West Virginia’s state animal which supposedly dens here, Beartown State Park is located on Droop Mountain straddling Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties.  The unusual rock formations in Droop sandstone include boulders and cliffs to deep crevasses ranging from inches to many feet across.  Distinctive pits are eroded into the rock surfaces with sizes from an inch to 12 feet across.  A boardwalk is provided to make access easier, as well as protecting the delicate moss-covered features.

Rock Walls and Crevasses overlaid with a carpet of trees and laurels

Rock Walls and Crevasses overlaid with a carpet of trees and laurels

This crevasse is only a few inches wide but at least 20 feet deep.  The rock surfaces are liberally covered with lichen and moss.

Crevasses and rock formations crevasse overgrown with moss and lichen

Crevasses and rock formations crevasse overgrown with moss and lichen

Erosion and shifting stones have left some amazing sights, such as this precarious pile of stones which support a rock that is easily more than 10 feet on each side.

Fractured rocks precariously support a large boulder

Fractured rocks precariously support a large boulder

Lichen of many colors and mosses have covered many of the rock surfaces.  This image shows the color palette including brown, orange, grey, green, white,  and subtle mixtures.

Lichen and moss color the rock strata

Lichen and moss color the rock strata

Luxuriant mosses cover fallen trees as well as the rock surfaces, and here a particularly thick specimen hosts leaves and seed pods of other plants.

A moss-coverd log hosts seeds from other plants

A moss-coverd log hosts seeds from other plants

The high moisture in this region promote the growth of moss and lichen everywhere, including this old stump.

Overgrown stump

Overgrown stump

Beartown SP is definitely worth a visit!

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Beartown State Park

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Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb loves to travel and do photography in his free time.

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