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.
This crevasse is only a few inches wide but at least 20 feet deep. The rock surfaces are liberally covered with lichen and moss.
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.
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.
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.
The high moisture in this region promote the growth of moss and lichen everywhere, including this old stump.
Beartown SP is definitely worth a visit!